The Welsh Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson, Peter Black has expressed his disappointment that despite progress in bringing them back into use, there are still too many empty houses which could become affordable homes.
Statistics released yesterday revealed that 2178 empty homes had been brought back into use, but despite this the Minister acknowledged in Plenary on Tuesday that there are now more the empty homes in Wales than when the Welsh Government started its loan scheme for owners to bring houses back into use.
“I am pleased that progress is being made, partly as a result of the Welsh Liberal Democrat 2012 budget deal with the Welsh Government putting more money into the Houses into Homes loan programme,” said Mr. Black. “However, most of the progress is down to the actions of individual councils rather than the Welsh Government and that work remains patchy throughout Wales.
“There is a desperate need for a National Empty Strategy to pull it all together, spread best practice and to ensure that resources are being used in the best possible way.”