Decision details

Welsh Liberal Democrats Debate

Decision Maker: Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Purpose:

Debates are one of the most frequent items of business on the Plenary agenda. Many types of debate are brought forward in Plenary, including:

  • Opposition party debates on a topic of their choice;

Other than in the case of Government debates, the time allocated for all other types of debates and their frequency are determined by the Business Committee

Decision:

The item started at 16:54.

 

Voting on the motion and amendments under this item was deferred until Voting Time.

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM4939 Peter Black (South Wales West)

 

The National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Calls for:

 

a) the introduction of a deposit guarantee scheme in Wales to help first time buyers on to the housing ladder;

 

b) the active use of alternative funding methods such as bonds and building new homes at differing rent levels as a way of tackling the current deficit in affordable housing;

 

c) a Wales-wide empty homes programme to increase the number of empty properties returned to residential use with greater powers given to local authorities to bring empty properties back into use; and

 

d) greater powers to be given to local authorities to set council tax rates for empty properties and second homes in their areas.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

4

0

52

56

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the Welsh Government is considering the merits of a mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme to help first time buyers onto the housing ladder;

 

b) the Welsh Government is seeking to identify alternative funding sources to finance the building of more affordable homes;

 

c) the new national empty homes initiative "Houses into Homes" will assist local authorities in using their existing powers to maximum effect to tackle the problem of empty homes;

 

d) the Welsh Government will consider extending local authorities’ discretionary powers to vary council tax rates for empty properties and second homes in their areas; and

 

e). the challenges set out in the recent paper, published by the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, and the need for a consensus on the priorities to meet people's housing needs.

 

2. Believes that the UK Government’s proposed Welfare Reforms will have a direct impact on affordable housing, especially for those on low incomes, as highlighted in recent research by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

11

4

56

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

As amendment 1 was agreed, amendments 2 and 3 were deselected.

 

Amendment 4 - Jocelyn Davies (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes that the reduction in capital funding available to the Welsh Government significantly reduces its ability to fund affordable housing schemes.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

12

4

56

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM4939 Peter Black (South Wales West)

 

The National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the Welsh Government is considering the merits of a mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme to help first time buyers onto the housing ladder;

 

b) the Welsh Government is seeking to identify alternative funding sources to finance the building of more affordable homes;

 

c) the new national empty homes initiative "Houses into Homes" will assist local authorities in using their existing powers to maximum effect to tackle the problem of empty homes;

 

d) the Welsh Government will consider extending local authorities’ discretionary powers to vary council tax rates for empty properties and second homes in their areas; and

 

e). the challenges set out in the recent paper, published by the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, and the need for a consensus on the priorities to meet people's housing needs.

 

2. Believes that the UK Government’s proposed Welfare Reforms will have a direct impact on affordable housing, especially for those on low incomes, as highlighted in recent research by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

 

3. Notes that the reduction in capital funding available to the Welsh Government significantly reduces its ability to fund affordable housing schemes.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

16

56

The motion as amended was agreed.

Publication date: 14/03/2012

Date of decision: 14/03/2012

Decided at meeting: 14/03/2012 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly

 

 

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