The Welsh political party conference season drew to a close last weekend in a rather sunny Llandudno where Welsh Labour hosted their conference for 2017.

With the Local Government elections just around the corner there was a clear focus on local services, with a call for dedicating £20m on social care.  This is a direct appeal to Labour core voters to ensure that the elections focus on local issues and Labour in Wales – taking the spotlight away from difficulties in Westminster.

Housing also had a good hearing during the two-day conference, including at a fringe hosted by the Homes for Wales Coalition and at the RLA stand.

Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children (which includes housing), the main speaker during the Homes for Wales fringe event, focused on delivering homes for Wales locally.

Key points for discussion included C4 planning and the delivery of the 20,000 homes target, but high on the agenda was the issue over who has control over controversial planning decisions.

Meanwhile over at the RLA stand, we had the opportunity to talk to MPs, AMs and candidates running in the local elections on the 4th of May.

Welsh party conference season offers us the opportunity to discuss a wide range of PRS issues to a great number of elected officials, whether they are elected to Westminster, Welsh Assembly or at the local level.

We will be going into more detail over what each political party is offering landlords ahead of the local elections in the next few weeks, but for now make sure you are registered to vote and that your voice is heard come May 4th.


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