September 27, 2021

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Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Criticism of housing policy amid claims locals are still missing out

Some locals are continuing to miss out on social housing despite the introduction of a new policy designed to prioritise those with strong links to Gwynedd, a councillor has claimed.

Adopted by the council’s cabinet in 2019, the new housing policy was designed to ensure that local people are offered greater preference when applying for a place on the register to obtain a social home.

At the time it was stressed that while the most urgent of cases should be looked at first, it was designed to strengthen the hand of those with stronger community links while continuing to meet legal obligations.

But one opposition councillor has called the effectiveness of this policy into question, claiming that local families have continued to miss out at the expense of others with no obvious links with his village.

Cllr Gareth Williams, who represents the Botwnnog ward as a Llais Gwynedd member on Gwynedd Council, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “When the policy was adopted I was under the impression that the purpose of the new banding system was to prioritise local families who were on the waiting list.