Our vision for housing and regeneration Wales

What is Plaid's vision for housing and regeneration in Wales?

Plaid Cymru believes that everybody should be able to access an affordable home of decent quality in the area where they want to live. We are already working hard to deliver this within the Welsh government, but we could do so much more – Plaid believe that it is time that primary legislation relating to housing is devolved to Wales, bringing decision making closer to the people.

We will create even more affordable homes over the next four years. We will seek to invest in the housing sector to stimulate an investment of in retro-fitting to make as many homes in Wales as possible really energy efficient.

We will protect the housing needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged from the Westminster government cuts and we will legislate to provide greater rights for tenants and to tackle the number of empty properties in Wales.

We will ensure the success of the Low Carbon Zone in the South Wales valleys and create additional Low Carbon Zones in Mid and North Wales. We will reduce all carbon emissions from housing by at least 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

Plaid Cymru calls for changes to the way that social housing is financed so that Treasury rules on borrowing no longer stand in the way of Local Authorities that want to build and maintain new social housing. We believe that Housing Associations and Local Authorities should work on a level playing field.

We are committed to bringing empty properties back into use so that we create more housing and renew our towns and communities. Plaid Cymru believes that there should be an immediate cut in VAT to 5% on all home maintenance, repairs and improvements.

Plaid Cymru understands the difficulties that first-time buyers face in getting onto the first rung of the housing ladder. To address this, Plaid calls for a moratorium on stamp duty for first-time buyers.