Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
- More Working Smarter improvements rolled out
- Independent report revealed at the Event Wales International Conference 2013 outlines positive impact of games and events for Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Draft Statutory Instrument - Infant formula and follow-on formula (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Empty homes can be a wasted resource and the target of vandals and squatters, which can affect the quality of life of neighbours.
To tackle these social issues, and as part of meeting housing demand, we encourage bringing empty homes back into use.
In February 2012 we launched the new Houses into Homes scheme, an innovative loans fund designed to help return these properties into use. This scheme will be used in addition to the existing powers available to tackle empty properties.
Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) enable local authorities to take management control of privately owned empty homes so they can secure occupation of them. These powers are intended to support existing procedures, for instance compulsory purchase orders and voluntary agreements between homeowners and local authorities.
There are two types of EDMO, interim and final. Both types may only be used when a dwelling has been empty without good reason for over six months and certain other conditions are met. They are made against the person with the most relevant interest in the dwelling, known as the 'relevant proprietor'.
Sometimes there are good reasons for a property to be empty and there are safeguards to take account of these. An EDMO cannot be made on a building that:
- is not a dwelling, ie a building or part of a building used for non-residential purposes
- is not wholly occupied, for instance only part of a house or flat is unoccupied or there are spare rooms not in use
- has been lived in at any time within the previous six months.