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Assembly Member welcomes increase in new homes being built

The Welsh Liberal Democrat shadow Housing Minister, Peter Black has welcomed statistics released today, which shows that more houses are being built in Wales.

Figures show that the number of new dwellings started increased by 9 per cent during 2013-14, compared with the previous year and this increase continued into the first half of 2014-15. During July to September 2014-15 there were 1,857 new dwellings, started an increase of over a fifth on the same quarter of 2013-14

Commenting on the figures, Mr. Black said: "This increase in house building is further evidence that the economy is slowly recovering. More houses will provide much needed homes whilst the increase in house building activity is providing more jobs as well as much needed apprenticeships.

"There are of course issues of affordability still, with many people struggling to get on the housing ladder. That is why the Welsh Government need to continue and expand support for first time buyers for the foreseeable future. Recent reductions in stamp duty by the coalition government will also help."

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