More and better homes for the people of Wales

Ahead of a visit to an affordable housing development in Rhyl, Welsh Labour housing minister Lesley Griffiths writes for LabourList:

As Housing Minister in the Welsh Labour Government, I am incredibly proud of the different choices we've taken in Wales, to tackle homelessness, secure more social housing and to get young people on the housing ladder.

We will keep our focus on delivering more, and better, homes for the people of Wales. We are taking a different route to the Tories as we know people across Wales need the full spectrum of housing options - council houses and social housing, starter homes, boosting new build rates and smaller homes for those wishing to downsize in later life. 

We have a good story to tell about the last five years, but as our manifesto makes clear, Welsh Labour want to go further. Much further. We are committing to doubling the number of new affordable homes delivered over five years. In the last Assembly we delivered 10,000 - in the next, it will be 20,000. We are also going to continue our Houses into Homes scheme that has already brought 7,500 empty properties back into use.

There's good news for first time buyers, and the construction industry too. The extension of the Help to Buy scheme will support the construction of 6,000 new homes. We know how tough it is for young people to get their foot on the housing ladder after the banks and building societies tightened up their mortgage offers, and so this scheme will give Government support where it matters.

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