Welsh Govt's second homes consultation 'belittling Wales' communities', says Cymdeithas yr Iaith


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Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg has accused the Welsh Government of "belittling Welsh communities" in their new consultation document on local taxes for second homes and self-catering accommodation.


Cymdeithas said that the consultation is "just seeking views on open-ended questions, instead of setting out the clear, decisive and radical steps that are needed."


Cymdeithas is calling on the Welsh Government to take real action by putting a cap on the number of second and holiday homes in any community, as part of "introducing a radical package of measures, and doing this as a matter of urgency."


Cymdeithas has also expressed concerns about the consultation foreword, which states:

"Although not a pan-Wales issue, the numbers of second homes and holiday lets have provoked strong feelings in parts of Wales"— an allegation that Cymdeithas yr Iaith has described as "patronising."


The Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith's Sustainable Communities Group, Elin Hywel, said: "It is disheartening to see that the Welsh Government is choosing to downgrade the housing crisis across Wales by limiting its definition of geographical impact and its definition of the victims of the crisis.


The housing crisis is not a topic of discussion and debate, but a threat to the ability of thousands of Welsh citizens to set up home. There is a feeling that the Government is continuing to take the effects of the crisis lightly. The consultation is only seeking views on open-ended questions, instead of outlining the clear, decisive and radical steps that are needed."