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Welsh Government accused of complacency after fall in the number of new homes being built

23 Dec 2022 2 minute read
Conservative Shadow Minister for Housing, Janet Finch-Saunders MS has called immediate action to resolve concerns that housing associations in Wales may have to stall the building of new social housing.

The Welsh Conservatives have criticised the government’s response to the housing crisis in Wales as new figures have revealed a fall in the number of homes being built.

The shadow ministers with responsibility for housing, Janet Finch-Saunders, accused the Welsh Government of being complacent about the housing crisis as the latest statistics confirmed that construction commenced on 1,300 new dwellings between July and September 2022, 25% less than the same quarter of 2019, the last one unaffected by coronavirus restrictions.

A total of 1,339 new dwellings were completed this quarter (July to September 2022), 4% lower than the same quarter of 2019 and 16% lower than the previous quarter, between April and June 2022.

“It is so frustrating to see these figures because it just goes to show that the Labour Government and their cooperation comrades in Plaid Cymru are not bothered about the housing crisis,” Mrs Finch-Saunders said.

Scapegoating

“Instead, we get scapegoating of second homeowners and demonisation of small tourism businesses – which include farmers who were told to diversify – who are whacked with punitive taxes and overbearing regulations to make up for Labour’s own failures after 23 years in office.

“I always find it bizarre during these debates on housing that Labour and Plaid always ask what we would do instead and are dumbfounded when we say supply should meet demand, so let us build more houses.

“As it stands, Labour and Plaid are only building half the homes Wales needs each year, giving so many of our younger generations no option but to leave their communities”.


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

Welsh government criticised by JFS. Nothing to see here. Delete and move on.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

Sorry, scratch that. How dare she or anyone from her party use the word ‘demonisation’ in such a context as this? Why? Ask any Albanian or anyone crossing in a small boat.

Ann
Ann
1 month ago

It would be more interesting to get the figures on how many of these homes have been built by social landlords and how many by the private sector, the proportion of those in the private sector as affordable homes, etc.

Geraint
Geraint
1 month ago
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Huwgoslavia
Huwgoslavia
1 month ago

She’s only complaining as she wants to buy them and rent them out to add to her portfolio

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

Build as many as you want, but they still won’t be affordable to most Welsh people. There are housebuilding projects all over the north east of Wales, but many are snapped up by commuters from Cheshire and Merseyside.

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