The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only party with the fresh ideas to tackle Wales’ housing crisis, Peter Black AM said today as he launched his party’s 3 point housing plan.
Speaking ahead of a debate taking place on Wednesday in the National Assembly, Peter Black announced that the Welsh Liberal Democrats would:
1. double the target on affordable homes to 20,000 over the next Assembly;
2. introduce a rent-to-own scheme to help first time buyers to buy their own home without a deposit; and
3. act to improve the quality and safety of homes in the private rented sector and empower the Residential Property Tribunal to adjudicate on landlord and tenant disputes
Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing, said:
"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only party in Wales with the ambition and fresh ideas to tackle Wales’ housing crisis.
"As is often the case, we see the two main parties fighting over ideological dogma: the Tories want to bring back Right to Buy, Labour wants to end it. Neither party has meaningful proposals that would actually make a real difference.
"Wales needs a government that will invest in a house building programme so everyone can have a roof over their heads.
"Housing is important to the Welsh Liberal Democrats because we believe in supporting people’s ambition.
"Every person should be able to provide a secure environment for their family – that is our aim and that is what we’d deliver by doubling the target on affordable homes.
"The Welsh Liberal Democrats would introduce a scheme to help people in Wales get on the housing ladder by buying their own home without a deposit.
"This is about ambition and fairness. Under our proposals, it doesn’t matter what your background or family circumstance is, if you can afford your rent then we will help you to own your home – something nearly everyone dreams of."