Co-op housing in spotlight at Welsh conferences
Housing is firmly back in the spotlight this week, with two major events covering issues that are relevant to property rentals and key policy developments in Wales. What’s more, our Housing Co-operative Project Manager, Dave Palmer, is speaking at both of them!
First up is the Welsh Tenants Annual Conference, taking place in Llandrindod Wells, on Wednesday and Thursday. This year’s event is titled ‘It’s Good to Rent’ and brings together tenants from all sectors, from throughout Wales, to talk about the issues that matter to them.
They will be joined by speakers who will be talking on a range of issues, including money advice, loan sharks, reforming the Private Rented Sector and welfare reform. Dave Palmer will be talking about the latest developments in co-operative housing, alongside Ben Hodge who’s the Co-operative Housing Co-ordinator for Cadwyn Housing. Together, they will be talking about the recent history of co-op housing in Wales, with 26 schemes now at varying levels of development around Wales. This includes the Home Farm Village Housing Co-op in Cardiff, which is being developed by Cadwyn, with Welsh Government funding and support from the Wales Co-operative Centre.
Dave also spoke at last year’s conference. Now, he’s able to relay feedback from some of the tenants who have formed the Home Farm Co-operative and who are ready to move into their rented properties, once available. One tenant has told us:
“I feel housing co-operatives would be beneficial everywhere, as I feel this would lower anti-social behaviour in and around communities, as when you know each other, people should have respect for others belongings. I also like the fact that we have a say in what happens to us as a whole and watch our new homes being built.”
Once Dave has spoken at this event on Thursday morning, he will be hot-footing it to Cardiff for ‘The Big Question’, an event being hosted by the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru. According to the event website, “The BIG Question is CIH Cymru’s high-level housing policy symposium. By attending you’ll be placing yourself at the centre of debate on legislative change and hear from some of housing’s most influential figures.”
From the Wales Co-operative Centre’s perspective, we have a particular interest in the different methods of delivery for affordable housing. To that end, Dave Palmer is featured in an afternoon plenary session alongside Sioned Hughes of Community Housing Cymru, who will be looking at the wider social housing landscape, and Clare Budden of Flintshire County Council, who will be talking about housing in relation to local regeneration
Dave will once again be raising awareness of the role the Wales Co-operative Centre has taken in delivering affordable forms of housing, through co-operative solutions. This could also include the Centre’s work on digital and financial inclusion and how work in those areas benefits tenants and housing providers alike.
For more information on co-operative housing in Wales, head to the dedicated area of our website.