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Attempt to improve housing stock given investment boost

The Welsh Government is investing a £20 million to improve the Welsh housing stock and bring thousands of derelict and inhabitable properties back into use.

It's part of an attempt to tackle social issues and to help meet housing demand in Wales.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, today launched the Home Improvement Loans scheme, which will offer loans to home owners and landlords to improve poor quality housing across Wales.

£10 million will be provided over two years to offer interest-free loans of up to £25,000 per property.

Latest figures suggest there are around 23,000 empty properties in Wales.

Lesley Griffiths said:

“One of the biggest issues facing the housing sector at the moment is the lack of homes for sale or for rent. Empty homes are not only a wasted resource, but they can also attract vandalism and anti-social behaviour and can spoil the appearance of our neighbourhoods.

“Today’s funding announcements clearly demonstrate our commitment to meeting Wales’ housing need.”

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Weather warnings in force

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Yellow, be aware, warnings for ice and snow are in force for much of Wales along with one warning of strong winds for South and West Wales.

Snow has closed the The A542 Horseshoe Pass between Llangollen and Llandegla.

In Powys the B4355 is closed in both directions because of ice and snow between Dolfor and Felindre.

The Llangynidr Mountain Road is also closed because of snow between Llangynidr and Ebbw Vale.

The warnings are valid until 11.00am but there are more warnings of snow for Sunday and Monday.

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Parents and pupils celebrate St Davids school reprieve

Hundreds of parents and pupils turned out this morning to protest against controversial plans to close the only secondary school in the city of St Davids.

Ysgol Dewi Sant was under threat, as part of plans to reorganise education and improve performance in Pembrokeshire.

But, the council then offered the school a reprieve - in an unusually quick victory for people power.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

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