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Wales' housing powers bid flounders

The Welsh Assembly Government has expressed disappointment at its failure to gain extra housing powers from Westminster

The move, had it been approved, would have given the body power to change specific areas of housing law, such as abolishing the right to buy in areas of great housing need and forcing councils to provide sites for the traveller community.

Conservative MPs prevented the move by voicing their opposition to the plans, meaning the application for additional legal responsibilities could not be considered before Parliament’s closure ahead of next month’s general election – the second time such a bid has failed.

An Assembly spokesman said: ‘It has overwhelming support from the housing sector in Wales and received positive and constructive scrutiny from the National Assembly and the Welsh Affairs Committee.

‘We will seek to commence discussions as soon as possible with the new government and will then consider how to move forward.’

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