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CAMPAIGN AIMS TO ‘ATTRACT’ NEW EMPLOYEES


A leading housebuilder has joined a national campaign aimed at bringing more people into the housebuilding industry. Persimmon Homes East Wales, which operates new homes


developments across south-east


Wales, has signed up to the Home Builders Skills Partnership’s ‘Attract’ campaign, which promotes careers in housebuilding across the UK. Te three-month advertising and social media campaign aims to show young people, career changers and former armed forces personnel the wide range of job opportunities available. Martin Smith, managing director of Persimmon Homes East Wales, said:


“Te Government


estimates the UK needs to build 300,000 new homes every year to keep up with national demand and, at Persimmon, there are many ways to contribute to that target. “Tere are career opportunities at all levels in our land and planning, construction, sales, finance and technical teams. People joining Persimmon can look forward to a rewarding, varied and worthwhile career with one of the UK’s leading housebuilders. “Te company provides superb training and development programmes, enabling us to recognise talent and achievement, with people being promoted from within wherever possible.


“Employees at all levels are part of the Persimmon family and enjoy a real sense that their personal contribution is making a difference – to the company and its customers.” Persimmon Homes East Wales is currently


seeking more than 700 new groundworkers, bricklayers and carpenters as well as a customer care administrator, sales advisers and more. Visit www.persimmonjobs.com or http://jobsinwales. persimmonhomes.com/


REVIEW OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUPPLY IN WALES ANNOUNCED BY MINISTER


Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans has announced an independent review of affordable housing supply in Wales, with a visit to newly built affordable houses and flats in Pontardawe.


The review will examine whether more can be done to increase the supply of affordable housing in Wales, maximising the resources available, and will be chaired by Lynn Pamment, Cardiff Senior Partner and Government & Public Services Lead at PwC. Lynn has many years’ experience of providing financial advice to public and private sector bodies, including working with housing associations and others in the affordable housing sector. The review will: • Examine the scope for increasing match funding to build more affordable homes, to maximise the number of homes created by the Welsh Government’s contribution to social housing;


• Review the arrangements governing partnership working


between local authorities and housing associations;


• Consider the implications of moving to deliver zero carbon homes by 2020, including the role of off-site manufacture and modern methods of construction.


• Review the standards governing affordable housing and advise on whether they require updating;


• Make recommendations regarding a sustainable rent policy that will both allow long term affordability for tenants and allow viability of existing and new housing developments.


The review will be expected to issue a report and make recommendations to the Minister by the end of April 2019. Rebecca Evans said: “We have made a clear commitment to deliver 20,000 affordable homes during this term of Government and this development in


Pontardawe demonstrates how we are delivering on this.


“I want this review to ensure we New Homes Wales and the South West


are getting the best value for money in our investments and policy, including how we plan for a zero carbon future and the way in which the sector operates. “We know that many more people in Wales want to access affordable housing.


The sector in Wales have called on us to look at our policy, and we want to work closely with all stakeholders involved in housing supply to ensure we are building as many homes as possible. “Lynn Pamment has a great deal of experience in working with the public and private sector on financing projects, and I look forward to reading the results of her review next year.”


Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru said: “Housing associations in Wales have ambitions to build a minimum of 75,000 affordable homes in Wales over the next twenty years – doubling the current delivery rate. In November 2017 we launched ‘Housing Horizons’, our sector vision to make good housing a basic right for all. This far reaching


ambition cannot be achieved without a full analysis of Welsh housing policy and how this is put into practice, so we are delighted the Minister has backed our call for a review.


“Through the review we can establish the most effective policy environment to meet our affordable home delivery ambition and build a solid foundation for current and future generations. If we get this review right, it will be a big step towards solving the housing crisis.”


Matt Dicks, Director of the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru said: “We welcome this announcement of a review into housing policy in Wales. It rightly looks at what kind of homes we need in the future and how we can sustain longer-term investment whilst maintaining the affordability of our housing. Over the lifespan of the one-year review we look forward to engaging fully, bringing to life the experiences of housing professionals from across the sector in Wales to provide timely insight and real-life expertise.”


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