Caerphilly Cabinet endorses £2.54m grants for empty homes

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Caerphilly County Borough Council has endorsed proposals to take part in the Welsh Government National Empty Home Grant programme which will see £2.54 million available to return privately owned empty homes back into use.

The total grant per home through the programme is £25,000 which could see 101 empty private homes brought back into use in the Caerphilly county borough, for the programme’s two year duration between April 2023 – 25.

Welsh Government will allocate £2.31million to the Council, with Cabinet members approving an additional £231,000 funding to support the grant and enable more owners of empty homes to bring their properties back into beneficial use.

Cllr Shayne Cook, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said “The Council has a dedicated team in place who are working extremely hard to engage and support owners of empty homes. Long term empty homes are not only a blight on local communities but also represent a wasted resource whilst we are in the midst of a national housing crisis.

“We’re grateful to Welsh Government for this funding allocation and also to my fellow Cabinet members for approving the additional money needed to really make a difference in tackling the issue of empty homes in the borough.”