Owners of empty homes could face higher council tax
Owners of empty properties in Wales could face an increased council tax bill.
Wales' Housing Minister Huw Lewis is considering introducing penalties, to encourage people to get empty houses back into use.
A Welsh Government scheme is currently funding the renovation of 5,000 empty properties.
Owain Phillips reports.
Local elections 2012
Merthyr Tydfil: Labour AM says borough has 'come home'
– Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney AM Huw Lewis
It's great news that Merthyr has come home to Labour tonight. In tough times we need a council with the right values, priorities and direction.