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New housing bill aims to improve quality and reduce homelessness, 18/11/13 [W]

Wales’ first law on housing has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales, containing measures aimed at improving standards and affordability.

The Bill recognises that housing plays an important part in everyone’s life, and that poor housing can affect health, education levels and employability. The Bill is intended to help reduce homelessness.  It aims to bring more empty homes back into use by allowing councils to increase Council Tax on housing that has been empty for more than a year.  It introduces stronger duties on local authorities to provide housing, and allows them to use private sector accommodation.

The Bill also introduces a register for landlords, and minimum standards on controls and rents and charges, in the public sector.

You can read the Welsh Government statement on the introduction of the Bill here.