Improvements worth over £100m will be made to Wales’ stock of social housing, the Welsh government has announced.
The money will be available to be accessed by councils and housing associations to improve homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), as well as to creating jobs and training opportunities.
Social landlords in Wales are obligated to meet the WHQS by 2020 with 67% (149,755 homes) currently meeting the standards, an increase of 7% on the previous year. This is compared with 83% of housing association homes hitting the target compared with just 44% of council owned properties.
There is currently a five year target to bring 200,000 social homes up to quality and safety standards, including improving the energy efficiency of homes.
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths also announced that the Welsh government will be investing more than £400m in affordable homes.