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Affordable housing

The local authority has an important role in enabling the provision of new affordable housing in the form of subsidised social housing for rent and low-cost home ownership initiatives.

Provision of New Social Housing

The Local Authority has an important role in enabling the provision of new affordable housing in the form of subsidised social housing for rent and low-cost home ownership initiatives. This is done in partnership with Housing Associations through the Local Authority Social Housing Grant Programme.

Housing Associations

Housing Associations are Registered Social Landlords, which are not for profit organisations regulated by the Welsh Government.  They receive public funding called Social Housing Grant, which pays for up to 58% of the building costs of their new homes. The Grant is conditional on the properties meeting a number of Assembly specified standards which include both Development Quality Requirements for new build, renovated and converted properties and Lifetime Homes Standard. The Grant is paid directly by the Welsh Government to the Associations. There are four main Associations, which are zoned to develop using Social Housing Grant in Swansea. These are Coastal Housing Group, Family Housing Association, First Choice Housing Association and Gwalia.  However, Associations do in some instances develop new housing without Social Housing Grant and in these circumstances are regarded as private landlords.

Local Authority Social Housing Grant Development Programme

The Welsh Government has delegated control over where and what type of developments Associations can build utilising Social Housing Grant to each Local Authority. Each year the City and County of Swansea issues its criteria for prioritising support for new social housing development, which any proposals made by the association must meet. The criteria are published in the Local Housing Strategy. The housing service also has responsibility for monitoring the programme and ensuring that the Local Authority's allocation of Grant is spent.

Nominations

The Council has nomination arrangements with most Housing Associations where the Associations agree to offer the Council at least 50% of their vacancies. The Council keeps a specific re-housing register of people who wish to consider re-housing with a Housing Association and then put forward or nominate individuals on that list for the Association to consider letting their property to. The Associations are not however obligated to let to one of the Council nominees. Individuals can also apply directly to the Associations for re-housing.

Affordability

The Housing Service ensures that an adequate provision of affordable housing in the form of subsidised housing for rent and low cost home ownership is negotiated on all new private developments over a certain size.  The provision of the affordable units will be secured via Section 106 planning agreements.

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