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Hopes for the next Senedd term – ClwydAlyn

May 1st 2021

The next Welsh Government must put ‘home’ at the centre of their plans so that the people of Wales can live the lives they choose in safe and connected communities – Sarah Booth.

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ClwydAlyn was formed in 1978 as a non-charitable Registered Social Landlord. We now manage over 6,200 homes and employ around 750 people who work together to achieve our mission to beat poverty. Our homes and services include care and nursing care; supported housing for people who have been homeless; and we provide lots of good quality homes – ensuring our rents are affordable and offer value for money. We work across seven local authorities in north and mid Wales.

ClwydAlyn is already leading the way in tackling ‘Wicked Issues’ such as poverty, health inequality and homelessness. We ask the Welsh Government to put ‘home’ at the centre of their plans so that the people of Wales can live the lives they choose in safe and connected communities. We stand ready to invest, partner and deliver with you.

We are much more than a social housing provider. We make a significant contribution to the North Wales economy both as an employer and as an investor with a significant capital spend of £260m within a five-year Development Strategy on new housing construction projects. In addition, through the procurement of local goods, trades, and services 80% is sourced locally, benefiting business, communities and suppliers.

‘Together to beat poverty’ – We want to tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality in our communities; by 2025 we will:

  • Invest in building over 1,500 new affordable homes – we hope the next Welsh Government commits to funding more affordable homes
  • Support the decarbonisation agenda through our commitment to decarbonise existing homes and working with partners to develop new ideas and share best practice; but also to create new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities through these investments. We hope the next Welsh Government prioritises capital investment into decarbonising existing social housing
  • We will continue to tackle homelessness by focusing on prevention and early intervention; with our commitment to zero evictions and by focussing on health & wellbeing initiatives. We ask the next Welsh Government to increase investment in mental health services, with a focus on prevention, and tackling the poverty issues that are linked to mental health.
  • We are proud of our Registered care services and pay the real living wage; we ask that the next Welsh Government properly values and funds care services to ensure they are consistent and accessible to everyone – we support the #PayThemFairly campaign. We hope that the next Welsh Government increases social care funding so that fees cover the real cost of providing high quality and person-centred care.

We want everyone in North Wales to have access to excellent quality housing, and we want to work with partners to address the causes and impacts of poverty, with an emphasis on four poverty priority areas; reducing food, fuel and income poverty, and finally, tackling poverty linked to digital exclusion. In turn helping to enrich our communities by giving support where it’s needed, whether that’s helping people back into work, combating social isolation, providing health and wellbeing support, or providing access to nutritious food through our work and investment with Well-Fed, our social enterprise initiative.

Sarah Booth is Communications and Public Affairs Strategic Lead for ClwydAlyn

 

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