Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Secretary For Communities And Children Sees Progress At Old Fire Station Development

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant visited Caerphilly-based housing association United Welsh’s Old Fire Station development in Bargoed to see how work is progressing on the scheme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The 22 new apartments and houses will contribute to the Welsh Government’s challenging target of providing 20,000 new homes during this term of government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Carl Sargeant said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Housing is so much more than bricks and mortar. Having a decent home in a safe community has been proven to have a positive influence on health and wellbeing and plays an important role in improving life chances. This is why providing people with a safe, warm and secure home is one of our key priorities and why we have pledged to provide a further 20,000 affordable homes during this term of government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Investing public money in building and refurbishing homes also contributes to national and local economies, creating and supporting jobs and training opportunities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Meeting this ambitious target will be quite a challenge, but it is one we are determined to meet head on. We believe long term partnerships can help deliver the accelerated rate of house building we need. We have a very positive and constructive relationship with our invaluable social landlords and I look forward to working closely with them to improve the lives of tenants.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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