September 18, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

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

Empty homes in Gwendraeth and Amman valleys eligible for Welsh Government grants

OWNERS or potential buyers of empty homes in the Amman and Gwendraeth valleys are now able to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to help with renovations.

Local Senedd Member Lee Waters is behind the scheme in his role as Deputy Economy Minister and Chair of the Valleys Taskforce. Up to £20,000 of the grant can be used for essential works to keep the property safe and secure, and a further £5,000 can be used for energy efficiency measures.

The Welsh Government scheme began in Rhondda Cynon Taff and is now being rolled out across the Valleys Taskforce area. Last year First Minister Mark Drakeford widened the taskforce area to include the former coalfield communities of the Amman and Gwendraeth valleys.

The scheme has been widely welcomed as a way to significantly reduce the number of empty homes, support small local builders, and help more young people stay within their home communities at affordable prices.

To qualify for the grant, properties