Willott welcomes Coalition deal to improve council housing

June 25, 2013 11:21 AM

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Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central and Assistant Government Whip, has welcomed a deal between the Liberal Democrats' Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and the Welsh Government that will see tens of millions of pounds retained in Wales to be spent on council housing.

The deal, which was announced today, will see the Welsh Government and local councils buy themselves out of the Housing Revenue Subsidy system that in 2009-10, saw £86 million sent across the border to the Treasury from housing revenue accounts and £73 million this year.

This deal means that those 11 councils that have retained council homes will now each have between £2 million and £6 million extra each year to spend on improving their housing stock.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been campaigning hard to keep this money in Wales for a long time. I am delighted that my Lib Dem colleague Danny Alexander has agreed this deal, which could have a real impact on the quality of council housing in Wales.

"The Liberal Democrats have always supported decision-making at the most local level possible, and I believe it is right that Welsh Ministers and Councillors have control over housing finance in Wales. It's now up to them to make sure this £33 million is used efficiently and sensibly - maybe to build more of the new one and two bedroom homes so desperately needed across Wales."

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