PLAID CALL FOR ‘URGENT’ MEETING WITH UK HOUSING MINISTER OVER COUNCIL HOUSING PAYMENTS

Plaid Cymru spokesman for housing at Westminster, Jonathan Edwards MP, has called for an urgent meeting between housing ministers at UK and Welsh Government levels over the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) subsidy scheme, under which £1bn has been transferred from Welsh local authorities to Whitehall since devolution began.

The UK Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has today announced changes to the scheme in England, but this will not automatically affect what takes place in Wales, where 21 of the 22 local authorities have lost out under the scheme since 1999.

Mr Edwards is calling for Grant Shapps to meet urgently with Jocelyn Davies, the Welsh Minister for Housing, to discuss the issue and the impact upon Wales.

Mr Edwards, the MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr who revealed the full amount lost to Wales through a Freedom of Information request in September, said:

“Mr Shapps has today said that the present system of collecting money from local councils so that it can go to Whitehall is ‘outdated and no longer fit for purpose’.

“This is clearly the case in Wales, where, despite Labour being in charge in both Cardiff and Westminster for 11 years, Welsh councils have given more than £1bn of council rents to the Treasury in Whitehall.

“This is money that could have gone been invested in housing stock and the local economy, ensuring better housing and more construction jobs in Wales.

“These changes are likely to be finalised in the Comprehensive Spending Review and legislated for in a new UK Parliamentary Bill.

“It is therefore crucial and urgent that UK Housing Minister, Mr Shapps, meets with Jocelyn Davies, the Minister for Housing for the National Assembly for Wales, to discuss how his plans will affect Wales and how we might be able to ensure that this money remains in Wales where it can be used, rather than sent to London.”

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