Wales Election 2016

Wales election issue guide 2016: Housing

Parties listed alphabetically

  • Create a National Development Framework with its implementation overseen by an autonomous Welsh Planning Inspectorate
  • Continue to oppose the Right to Buy scheme and take action to ensure the social housing stock remains intact in order to meet demand for homes
  • Abolish letting agency fees and extend the fit and proper person's test for landlord licensing to letting agents
  • Raise environmental standards in housing
  • Incentives for brownfield development
  • Allow local people to call a binding referendum on planning applications that have a significant effect on their local communities
  • Free local authorities from government-imposed minimum housing numbers
  • Identify long-term dormant land held by central and local government so it can be released for affordable developments
  • Make available 12,000 new homes a year, located in the right places
  • Ensure all social housing and housing association building stock brought up to level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes by 2020
  • Introduce Right to Rent legislation to strengthen tenants' rights
  • Apply a bedroom tax rebate for Wales
  • Scrap stamp duty for first time buyers on all properties up to the value of £250,000
  • Protect the Right to Buy for tenants wanting to buy their council home; restoring the full discount and reinvesting proceeds into new social housing
  • Deliver an empty homes strategy to bring properties back into use
  • Implement a Rent to Buy scheme to make home ownership more accessible
  • Deliver an extra 20,000 affordable homes in the next assembly term
  • End the right to buy
  • Aim to support construction of more than 6,000 homes through Help to Buy ladder
  • Explore options for ending land banking
  • Fund 20,000 extra affordable homes
  • New Rent to Own scheme for first time buyers
  • Action to protect vulnerable people in private housing sector including a cap on letting agency fees and rent increases
  • Introduce a new Help to Rent scheme to provide government-backed tenancy deposit loans for first-time renters under 30

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