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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 3 - Senedd. View directions

Contact: Naomi Stocks 

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Transcript: Transcript for 19/09/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members and members of the public to the meeting.

1.2 Apologies for absence were received from Mark Isherwood AM, with David Melding AM as substitute. Apologies were also received from Jack Sargeant AM and Bethan Sayed AM.

 

(09.00 - 10.00)

2.

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill - evidence session 8

 

Jim McKirdle, Housing Policy Officer, Welsh Local Government Association

Gareth Williams, Accommodation Agency Manager (Environmental Health, Temporary Accommodation, Social Lettings and Private Sector Development), Carmarthenshire County Council

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·       Jim McKirdle, Housing Policy Officer, Welsh Local Government Association

·       Gareth Williams, Accommodation Agency Manager (Environmental Health, Temporary Accommodation, Social Lettings and Private Sector Development), Carmarthenshire County Council

(10.00 - 11.30)

3.

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill - evidence session 9

·         Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration

·         Emma Williams, Deputy Director, Housing Policy Division, Welsh Government

·         Helen Kellaway, Lawyer, Welsh Government

·         Huw Charles, Bill Manager, Welsh Government

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration

·         Emma Williams, Deputy Director, Housing Policy Division, Welsh Government

·         Helen Kellaway, Lawyer, Welsh Government

·         Huw Charles, Bill Manager, Welsh Government

 

3.2 At the meeting the Minister for Housing and Regeneration agreed to provide:

·         an overview of what will be included in the guidance to tenants and landlords ahead of the Bill coming into force. The Minister committed to providing this overview before the Stage 2 scrutiny of the Bill.

·         a note on why the provisions relating to Right to Rent that are currently in the Bill are required.

·         further information on how the Act will be evaluated once it comes into force.

·         clarification on why the Bill doesn’t give powers to local authorities to assist contract-holders in recovering prohibited payments.

 

4.

Papers to note

Supporting documents:

4.1

Letter from the Llywydd in relation to voting rights for prisoners

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1a The Committee noted the letter from the Llywydd in relation to voting rights for prisoners

4.2

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to fire safety in high rise blocks in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.2a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to fire safety in high rise blocks in Wales

4.3

Letter from the First Minister to the Chair of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee in relation to Human Rights in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.3a The Committee noted the letter from the First Minister to the Chair of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee in relation to Human Rights in Wales

4.4

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.4a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

4.5

Joint letter with the Chairs of the Children, Young People and Education Committee and the Finance Committee to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip in relation to the draft budget 2019-20

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.5a The Committee noted the joint letter with the Chairs of the Children, Young People and Education Committee and the Finance Committee to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip in relation to the draft budget 2019-20

4.6

Joint letter from stakeholders in relation to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.6a The Committee noted the Joint letter from stakeholders in relation to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill

4.7

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.7a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill

4.8

Letter from the Llywydd in relation to Senedd@ events

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.8a The Committee noted the letter from the Llywydd in relation to Senedd@ events

4.9

Written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur in relation to poverty

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.9a The Committee noted the written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur in relation to poverty

4.10

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport in relation to making the economy work for people on low incomes

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.10a The Committee noted the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport in relation to making the economy work for people on low incomes

5.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee agreed the motion.

(11.30 - 12.30)

6.

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill: consideration of key issues

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee agreed the key issues

(12.30 - 12.35)

7.

Inquiry into pregnancy, maternity and work in Wales - consideration of Welsh Government response

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee noted the Welsh Government response

 

 

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