Wales Election 2016

Lib Dems back home ownership 'aspirations', says Kirsty Williams

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People's aspirations to own their own home will be supported if the Welsh Liberal Democrats win power in the assembly election, leader Kirsty Williams has pledged.

She will promote plans to make at least 2,500 "rent-to-own" homes available to first-time buyers, on Friday.

"If you can afford your rent then we will help you own your home," Ms Williams said.

Parties are focusing on key messages as the poll on 5 May approaches.

Under the scheme, people would build up a share in their home through monthly payments equivalent to rent and own the property outright after 30 years.

Ms Williams added: "For too long Wales hasn't been seen as a place where young people can fulfil their dreams and ambitions.

"Under our proposals, it doesn't matter what your background or family circumstance is, if you can afford your rent then we will help you own your home - something nearly everyone dreams of."

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