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Ireland empty homes conference - EHN presentation

This is a PDF of an EHN presentation to an Empty Homes Conference in Ireland, held at Croke Park stadium on 9th March 2017.

It provided a thumbnail sketch of local interventions in England/Wales along with an overview of various strategic approaches to the empty homes issue, contrasting the different approaches taken in Scotland, Wales, Kent and England.

Eight Welsh councils look to implement council tax premium for empty & second homes.

Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Ceredigion, Powys, Gwynedd and Flintshire are the first Welsh Local Authorities looking at implementing a 50% council tax premium on empty and second homes for 2017/18. Councils must make the declaration by 1st April 2016 to begin charging in 2017/18.

Final evaluation Houses into Homes (Welsh Empty Property Initiative)

From the Welsh Government press release:

The Welsh Government has today announced that it has exceeded its target for bringing empty properties back into use.

A total of 7,560 vacant private homes have been brought back into use by direct action from councils, exceeding a target of 5,000 set for 2017, according to official data.

£10million more for Wales Houses to Homes scheme

The Welsh Draft Budget for 2015-16 adds yet another £10million to the Houses to Homes loans initiative, bringing the total to £30million since the inception of the scheme.

The Draft Budget notes:

Financial transactions funding of £10m in 2015-16 to expand investment in this scheme to over £30m since its launch in 2012. This successful initiative has already delivered almost 500 residential units and leveraged an additional £7.8m of private sector funding to bring empty homes in Wales back into use and increasing the supply of housing across Wales.

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