Letting Agents Fees Legislation

Jun 28, 2017 | Articles, Assembly Business | 0 comments

Plenary Wednesday 28 June 2017

14:26:14

Spoken Contribution – 14:26:14
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Diolch, Llywydd. I note that in the Welsh Government’s legislative programme, you’re now proposing to legislate in the area of letting agency fees, which I think is a welcome development. There was support from various opposition parties and some Members of your own party for this, so I’m glad that you are now moving towards legislating in this area. Now, I know you needed to consider evidence from elsewhere before you took any action. I wondered where your considerations had led you to. I know there were possible issues over whether, if letting agency fees were banned, it would lead to rent being pushed up instead. I know that research was undertaken about the effects of doing this in Scotland, so I wondered what your thoughts were on this or any other related issue.

Spoken Contribution – 14:27:37
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Thanks for that, and I hope that the legislation is taken forward and is, ultimately, effective. But going on to another issue that was covered in ‘Taking Wales Forward’: nursery places. There was a Welsh Government commitment to providing 30 hours a week of free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds. The intention was to pilot new schemes starting this coming September to cover approximately 10 per cent of eligible families. So, I wondered what information there was about where the pilots will take place and on what basis your decision was taken as to why to initiate in those particular areas.

Spoken Contribution – 14:29
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Thanks for that, and I look forward to that happening. Just moving on to an issue that we talked about last week, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, now I know you made a statement on this to the Chamber, so we have discussed these issues—. One thing that has arisen as a possible problem in tackling regulation in Wales is the split of responsibilities between yourself and your colleague Lesley Griffiths, in that Lesley Griffiths’s responsibilities, I believe, cover the building regulations side, whereas you’re in charge of fire and rescue services and community fire safety. So, I just wondered what your thoughts were on that and how you would tackle the difficulty of that split.