The latest evaluation report on the Welsh Houses to Homes initiative shows the Welsh authoriteis to be getting into their stride with significant outputs already reported in many areas. Whilst only 45 loans had been approved, there were a further 179 being processed. As the experience in Kent suggests around 90% of applications are approved, the Welsh total should not be far short of the 179 figure.
The benefits are reported to go beyond just the outputs of the scheme:
Houses into Homes was reported to have resulted in an increase in corporate commitment and spending to tackle the problem of empty homes, an increase in staff working to bring empty properties back into use, better intelligence about the problem of empty homes, and improvements in collaborative working within and between local authorities and their partners.
These are exactly the sorts out outcome that we said ought to be delivered by the English empty...