Monday, September 25, 2017

How a helping hand led to a new home..

Leah Thomas bought a property in Rhostyllen with the help of a Homebuy Loan, provided by the Council in partnership with Grŵp Cynefin Housing Association.

Homebuy is a scheme which offers support to potential homeowners by providing an equity loan to assist in purchasing the property. The loan is normally 30 of the approved purchase price, but can be increased to 50.

Leah has now settled into the property with her husband, Damian Thomas, and two sons, Harrison and George.

She explains how the scheme helped her: “We were already on the applications list for a council house when we were told that the Council might be able to offer help though the Homebuy loan scheme.

“We were able to get a mortage and we don’t need to pay the loan back until we sell the property so it’s really been massive help in helping us buy our first house.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the house. It’s very modern and light and it’s in great location. It’s safe and there isn’t too much traffic, which is great when you’re bringing up a young family. It’s still close enough to all the local shops and the bypass though, which is very handy.”

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The funds for the loan scheme were provided by a commuted sum from the Mountain View Housing Development built by Taylor Wimpey.

A commuted sum is an amount of money, paid by a housing developer to the Council, where the size or scale of a development triggers a requirement for affordable housing, but it is not possible to achieve appropriate affordable housing on site. The cash can then be used to assist people with affordable housing elsewhere.

Lead Member for Housing, Cllr David Griffiths, said: “Buying a new home can be very difficult in the current financial climate so it is vital we are able to do everything we can to help people find their feet on the housing ladder. It’s great to see that the Homebuy loan scheme is proving successful and that Leah and her family have been able to benefit.”

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/how-a-helping-hand-led-to-a-new-home/ (Fri Sep 1st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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Let's get digital, digital! ; All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week. ; No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service. ; The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will in...

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