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Welsh Assembly beats housing target

The Welsh Assembly Government has delivered 6,500 new affordable homes a year ahead of schedule, official statistics have revealed.

Between April 2009 and March 2010, 2,472 additional affordable homes were provided, bringing the government’s total during its first three years in power to 6,707.

This exceeding the target of 6,500 new homes by March 2011, as set out in the One Wales document.

The Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies AM and Community Housing Cymru (CHC) Chief Executive, Nick Bennett, got the chance to meet some of the families benefiting from the scheme when they helped them move into their new houses.

Davies and Mr Bennett met people moving into homes at the former site of Ninian Park in Cardiff, which is managed by Taff Housing Association.

CHC represents Housing Associations in Wales who have been responsible for 8 of every 10 homes provided over the last three years, which were part-funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Social Housing Grant Fund and the Strategic Capital Investment Fund.

The deputy minister said: “I am delighted to announce that we have not only met, but exceeded our target of creating 6,500 additional affordable homes in this Assembly term. This is a particularly impressive achievement given the current economic conditions.

“We could not have achieved this without the co-operation and excellent work from Housing Associations who have provided the vast majority of new affordable homes and local authorities who also played their part.”

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