P-06-1204 Protect the people of Wales - Take urgent action on the housing crisis now
This petition was submitted Cara Wilson, having collected a total of 6,469 signatures.
Text of Petition:
Local people are being priced out of their own communities. This is destroying our culture and language. Simply building more houses is not enough.
We call for a fundamental rethink of policy to prioritise the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Wales in line with Cymraeg 2050 and the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
Give people a say on solving our housing crisis: implement the eight demands of the Housing Justice Charter and set up a Citizens Assembly to drive change.
Covid has shown the need for decisive Welsh Government action to deal with a major crisis. Urgent action is needed now to address our housing crisis, before local cultures and language are lost and an out of control housing market destroys urban and rural Welsh communities.
The Housing Justice Charter group is a non-party political collaboration from across Wales. We researched all the issues and solutions proposed by others and summed them up in eight achievable and positive areas for action.
Implement the Charter’s demands; use a Citizens Assembly to drive the change:
1. Declare a housing emergency in Wales
2 Create a bill to address housing inequality.
3. Protect our communities; rural and urban.
4. Protect Welsh Language and culture.
5. Reform social housing provision.
6 Urgently address the pressing issue of second home ownership.
7. Reform planning laws to respond to local housing needs.
8. Create a citizens assembly on housing.
For more on each demand see siartercartrefi.org.
The Committee acknowledged the serious concerns raised by the petition regarding affordable housing and the negative impact on local communities across Wales. Given the complex nature of these concerns, the Committee welcomed the fact that the Local Government and Housing Committee are undertaking a detailed inquiry in this area and agreed to write to the Chair of the Committee to ask them to include the issues raised in this petition as part of their inquiry.
In doing so, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 10/01/2022.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 06/12/2021