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Consultations in Wales

Consultations in Wales

Consultations in Wales

Find out more about the ongoing consultations taking place in Wales, and how to amplify your voice as a frontline worker.

Ongoing consultations in Wales

There are presently no ongoing Government-led consultations in Wales.

Please find below a list of recently 'closed consultations' in Wales. You can read the latest developments, the consultations key findings, and the impact of your voice as frontline worker.

Do you have any questionnaires or open consultations which you would like us to promote on the Frontline Network? Please feel free to contact us with details at: frontline@stmartinscharity.org.uk

Closed consultations in Wales

Increasing the minimum notice period for a no fault eviction

Consultation Description

The Welsh Government ran a consultation in relation to increasing the notice that a landlord must give when seeking to end a contract under s173 of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. This consultation seeks views on the potential benefits and risks of extending the minimum notice period for a notice given under section 173 from two months to six months, and also on restricting the issue of such a notice until six months after the ‘occupation date’ of the contract. The Act currently sets this at four months.

Overall, this consultation will seeks views on the following proposals:

  • extending the minimum notice period from 2 months to 6 months 
  • increasing the period at the beginning of a contract during which a landlord cannot give notice from 4 months to 6 months
  • placing a 6 month restriction on issuing a notice following the expiry of a previous notice
  • removing a landlord’s ability to end a fixed term standard contract (under section 186)
  • the use of break clauses in fixed term contracts.

This consultation is now closed. The responses to this consultation are currently being reviewed by the Welsh Government. Details of the outcome will be published in due course.

Fuel Poverty Consultation

Fuel Poverty

Purpose of the consultation

The Climate Change Environment and Rural Affairs Committee is carrying out an inquiry into fuel poverty and would welcome your views on the following:

  • the scale and impacts of fuel poverty in Wales;
  • why the Welsh Government failed to meet its statutory target of eradicating fuel poverty in Wales by 2018;
  • how Welsh Government action to date has helped to combat fuel poverty, in particular, the impact of the Warm Homes Programme (including Nest and Arbed) and the Welsh Housing Quality Standard;
  • how the Welsh Government’s successor to the fuel poverty strategy (due for consultation in Autumn 2019) should differ from its 2010 strategy;
  • what steps the Welsh Government should take to ensure that new-build homes, as well as existing homes, are highly energy efficient to prevent them causing fuel poverty in the future.

The original deadline for submissions to this inquiry was 27 September 2019. This has now been extended to 01 November 2019.

If you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

For clarity, there is no designated form for submissions. For those who would like to submit their response electronically, please send your submission in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment to SeneddCCERA@assembly.wales

For those who would like to submit their views in hard copy, letters can be addressed as follows: Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Draft Housing Support Grant practice guidance


The Welsh Government state the purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the new draft practice guidance for the Housing Support Grant (HSG), which has been produced by the Welsh Government in partnership with external stakeholders. The guidance sets out the framework in which local authorities should operate and administer the grant.

The HSG, introduced in April 2019, seeks to improve the outcomes of a range of
individuals who are amongst the most vulnerable in society through the range of early intervention, prevention and support interventions. The HSG’s main purpose will be to address the housing and housing related support needs of those individuals. 

Consultation Documents


This consultation ended on 29th November 2019.

Reviewing responses

The responses to this consultation are currently being reviewed by the Welsh Government.

Details of the outcome will be published here in due course.

Policy Context - Wales

Policy Context

● The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 introduced homelessness prevention and relief duties – the impact of which had had longer to embed when this survey was undertaken.

● In 2017 the Welsh Government made available additional funding available to reduce rough sleeping. Within this additional funding, investment was focused on supporting a range of new projects based on Housing First approaches. By mid-2017 a number of Housing First projects were in operation across Wales.