We’ve teamed up with Royal Society of Architects in Wales and Chatterbox Communication in joint support of the Homes for Wales Campaign.
Tuesday, March 1st 2016
Ahead of the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections, we would like to add our names to the growing list of businesses supporting Homes for Wales and its campaign for universal affordable housing in Wales.
A lack of appropriate housing and welfare cuts are issues we are extremely concerned about, which is why we are calling on the next Welsh Government to clearly set out how it will address the housing crisis as part of the new Programme for Government.
Like Homes for Wales, we fundamentally believe that everyone has the right to safe, secure and affordable housing. Yet since 2008, house prices have risen by 16% and, in Wales, 12,000 new homes are needed each year to meet demand. In 2015, 5,070 households were accepted as homeless, whilst 8,596 families have been on the housing waiting list since before the last election. We view such insecurity as unacceptable and believe that the new government has a duty to bring about a sea change in housing conditions.
We suggest that collaboration is more important than ever if we are to achieve our vision of cohesive, strong and desirable communities in Wales, with architects, planners, housing associations, service providers, politicians and tenants working efficiently and effectively together. Now is the time to build communities for the next generation, giving families a home to call their own without the need to constantly move and change schools, whilst at the same time providing comfort and security for our older people who have successfully raised their own families and seen them fly the nest.
It’s time to work together and end the housing crisis in Wales – will you work with us to achieve this? Please spread the word, speak to your local politicians, and share your housing story on www.homesfor.wales. You can also attend our Homes for Wales rally in Cardiff on Friday 4th March – this is your opportunity to add your voice to the Homes for Wales campaign!
Locality Solutions, Creative Quarter, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff
Royal Society of Architects in Wales, Creative Quarter, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff
Chatterbox Communications, Welsh ICE, Caerphilly