William Powell AM accepts petition on the Aberystwyth Housing Survey Report 2012
William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, has accepted a petition on the steps of the Senedd from Aberystwyth University Students' Union to address private sector student housing standards.
William Powell AM, Chair of the National Assembly for Wales' Petitions Committee, said:
"It's a great pleasure to accept this petition from Aberystwyth University Student's Union with my fellow Committee members.
"Having previously met with Laura Dickens, Aberystwyth University Student Support Officer, in an Aberystwyth surgery to discuss the Housing Survey Report in detail, I can attest to both its quality and the value it brings to any discussions on private sector student housing standards in Wales.
"Following my Committee's initial consideration of their petition we have undertaken to write to the responsible Minister - Carl Sargeant AM - and will await his reply before taking the matter forward."
a) Presentation image attached: Aberystwyth Student Union representatives with Petition Committee Assembly Members (left to right): Joyce Watson; William Powell (Committee Chair); Bethan Jenkins; Russell George.
b) Petition wording:
'We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to investigate the problems raised in the recent Aberystwyth Housing Survey Report 2012 which has raised concerns about the poor standard of student accommodation and the correspondingly poor treatment of students in the private rented sector.
Furthermore, we call on the Welsh Government to engage in a full and frank consultation with the affected communities on this neglected issue while ensuring that current housing legislation and new measures by the relevant authorities are properly observed to help raise standards in the private rental sector.'