The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s terms of reference for its inquiry are to consider:
In responding to the consultation, it would be helpful to have your comments in response to the following questions:
1. Is enough being done to tackle empty properties in Wales? If not, what needs to change?
2. What impact can empty properties have on a community?
3. How effectively are local authorities using the statutory and non-statutory tools at their disposal to deal with empty properties?
4. Do local authorities need additional statutory powers to deal with empty properties? If yes, what powers do they need?
5. Are owners of empty properties given the support, information and advice that they need to bring properties back into occupation? If not, what additional help do they need?
6. Is there sufficient awareness of the practical assistance that local authorities can offer to owners of empty properties? If not, how could this be improved?
7. Are the skills and resources of housing associations and the private sector being fully utilised to tackle empty properties?
8. Is enough being done to ensure empty properties can be brought back into use as affordable homes? Are there examples of good practice in this area?
9. Is the power to charge a council tax premium on long-term empty homes a useful tool and is it being effectively used? If not, how could this tool be made more effective?
Providing Written Evidence
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Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565