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October | November 2011

PUBLISHED BY COMMUNITY HOUSING CYMRU www.chcymru.org.uk

Tenants

deliver petition to the

House of Lords

MONEY MATTERS

CAMPAIGNING

NEWS

REGENERATION

Money advice making a real difference

Direct Payments: A money advisor’s view

Welsh Housing Partnership launched

New York students placed with CREW

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FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

“Our Strategic Future” ‐ A National Conversation Wales faces huge challenges in public policy moving forward and CHC members need to be at the vanguard of change, serving as they do some of the most social and economically disadvantaged communities in Wales.

Produced by: Community Housing Cymru Fulmar House Beignon Close Ocean Park Cardiff CF24 5HF

Are we fit for the future? What is worrying member organisations most? What support do they most value? What should we concentrate on in the future? What should we leave behind?

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These are just some of the issues that we’d like to get your views on and the conversation has already started. Over the coming weeks we’ll continue to gather views from a cross‐ section of housing association staff and stakeholders as we plan for the future.

Sub Editor: Beth Samuel (CHC)

Contributors: Nick Bennett (CHC) Clare Williams (CHC) Amanda Oliver (CHC) Shea Jones (CHC) Aaron Hill (CHC) Paul Langley (CHC) Dave Adamson, CREW Ian Williams, Hendre Group Jen Barfoot, Tai Calon Community Housing Peter Griffiths, Welsh Government

The Chinese curse, to live in interesting times, is upon us. We face slashed public spending, benefit cuts, loan re‐pricing, the challenge of investment in quality and supply, the need for a sustainable revenue base, the challenge of an ageing society, the regeneration challenge in Wales, the big society debate in England and opportunities to fashion new mutual responses to housing, health and care. The risks are aplenty. Imagine a future with no new homes, huge numbers forced into bed and breakfast accommodation, the housing sector reputation torn by perception of fat cats with ‘money in bank but unwilling to do anything’, a reduction in Supporting People, little or no access to grant for all and in turn pressure on revenue to do more for less.

Community Housing Cymru

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To ensure respondents have the opportunity to offer their views confidentially we have commissioned an independent contractor, Beaufort Research, to carry out this piece of work. Beaufort Research works strictly within the Market Research Society Code of Conduct. Member contributions will be completely confidential and any individual comments will be fully anonymous. We will share the top line findings at our Annual Conference on 24 November and will then use the findings to help inform a consultation exercise with all members beginning in December 2011. CHC will then put together proposals based on the consultation for agreement by National Council in March 2012. We hope you are ready to join the debate. It’s your sector, your future – please help shape it.

Nick Bennett Chief Executive

Peter Cahill Chair


MONEY MATTERS

Money advice is key to ending vicious circle of debt During August Moneyline Cymru completed its 6,000th loan and loaned out a total of over £3m. During the same month, savers withdrew £21,000 from their savings accounts. Why is this record withdrawal of savings such an achievement? This is the first evidence we have that this client group who tell us they have never saved before are spending their savings – in this case on their Summer treats – rather than borrowing. In the last year 3,500 savers have cumulatively deposited a total of over £250,000. How are Moneyline Cymru motivating people who are on the very lowest income to save their cash? By asking customers to save towards a short term goal such as Christmas and wrapping it up with the loan repayment into one easy weekly payment. This is just one of the ways Moneyline Cymru is encouraging customers to move away from borrowing, which seems even more significant after the revelation from the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit this summer that numbers borrowing from loan sharks have risen by 40% to 25,000 in the last three years. The summer also saw the arrival of five CHC money advisers at Moneyline Cymru branches, who have to date identified over £100,000 unclaimed benefits and a total of £200,000 in water arrears which could be written off under Welsh Water’s Bill Assistance schemes. Instant, on‐ the‐spot money advice is key to the project; customers who have been refused a loan on the grounds of

affordability are at a critical stage in the debt process. CHC and local credit unions are currently working together to enable money advisers to open credit union savings accounts to promote financial capability and promote cheaper loans for those customers who were originally refused a loan. As benefit cuts, rising fuel bills and unemployment continue to take hold, money advice is becoming ever more important and Moneyline Cymru presents the ideal opportunity to deliver it. The project, funded by the Big Lottery, to deliver advice from the five offices in the South East has already made a huge difference to the lives of over 600 customers and it is imperative that this advice continues to be delivered alongside the loan service. The continuance of the money advice project will be the question on stakeholders’ lips as Moneyline Cymru expands to provide a pan‐Wales service during the first quarter of 2012.

Clare Williams Financial Inclusion Officer

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CAMPAIGNING

For Whose Benefit? “I don’t pay rent” CHC continues to lobby hard for changes to the proposed Housing Benefit Reforms. Along with the other housing federations of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we requested that the following specific amendments to the Bill are tabled for discussion in the House of Lords: • A proposal to restrict the under‐occupation cuts to tenants who have refused a reasonable offer of alternative accommodation. To exempt foster carers and tenants in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and those living in adapted properties. • Protecting tenant choice over direct payments. Under the current arrangement tenants can choose to have their benefits paid directly to their landlord in the same way that homeowners can choose to pay by direct debit. The proposal for a new Universal credit to be paid directly to tenants removes this option despite research showing that 91% of tenants would choose to have their rent paid directly to landlords. • To remove support for housing costs from the calculation of the household benefit cap. The Bill gives the Government the power to cap the total benefits which can be claimed by a single person or family. This will be set in line with the ‘average earnings’ of a working household. At a time when everyone is facing higher household bills then the cap is only likely to lead to further hardship for families. There are around 120 proposed amendments up for discussion and the Bill is currently at Committee stage in the House of Lords. To keep up to date with its progress through the House of Lords, please visit: www.parliament.uk/business Amanda Oliver Head of Policy and Research

Welfare Action Week There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in local campaigning. ‘Welfare Action Week’ ran from 10‐16 October and encouraged members to write to Lord Freud, their local MPs and also to raise the issues with tenants and local media. Although Welfare Action Week is over, it’s not too late to get involved in the campaign. To download a pack, please visit: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐ issues/welfare‐reform/welfare‐action‐week.cfm

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Under the new proposals, claimants would receive a Universal Credit – which would as far as possible replicate a wage and would include the claimants’ housing benefit. As a result most tenants living in the social rented sector will receive their housing benefit directly, instead of this being paid to the landlord. Last month Lord Freud announced the intention to commission a set of pilot projects due to launch in Spring 2012 where the DWP, working with local partners including housing associations, would test out the best ways of doing this while supporting social landlords as well as their tenants through the change. So what are the implications of paying housing benefit directly to tenants? Paul Langley, Senior Money Advisor with Community Housing Cymru, gives his view: ‘It’s a statement heard over and over again when speaking to social housing tenants. The government must change this endemic culture before the proposed change of a single Universal Credit payment is introduced. Otherwise, social landlords will be forced to carry the burden of housing arrears until payments are forced back to a direct payment schedule, a waste of time and resources that neither tenant or landlord can afford. Empowerment without education will not work. Moneyline Cymru has interviewed such tenants who have used Local Housing Allowance to pay other living costs, leaving them in arrears and the ever increasing likelihood of homelessness. With ever decreasing avenues to credit, tenants receiving large sums of money, especially around Christmas, will need to be educated on the importance of priority payments. Who will educate them? Will social landlords have to put a further strain on financial inclusion sections of the housing sector? If so, who will pay for this? The option of receiving Housing Benefit direct already exists, yet why is it that so few tenants take this opportunity? Landlord and tenant both currently choose to accept the current situation, anything less than giving this option is denying the consumer the ability to pay as he or she wishes’. Paul Langley Senior Money Advisor, Community Housing Cymru

What are your views on direct payments and universal credit? CHC’s other money advisors share their views on our website: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐issues/ welfare‐reform.cfm


CAMPAIGNING

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Tenants Deliver Petition to the House of Lords

A group of Welsh social housing tenants travelled to London last month to deliver a petition against the proposed cuts to the House of Lords on the day the Welfare Reform Bill had its second reading there. Tenants from five different housing associations across Wales joined Community Housing Cymru’s Communications team, Edwina O’Hart and Bethan Samuel, and new Policy Assistant Aaron Hill on the trip, which saw the first petition delivered to the Lords in over a decade! Labour Peer Lord Touhig accepted the petition, and become the 1732nd person to add his signature. The former Islwyn MP has labelled the current proposals ‘an attack on the poorest in our country’ and questioned the government’s priorities in the light of comments suggesting they are willing to cut the 50p tax, while ‘those who

barely manage to survive are being asked to take a cut in the basic support they need to live.’ The Petition was delivered to the floor of the House minutes before Peers debated the Bill – a debate which lasted over seven hours. It was clear that concerns were growing over many fundamental issues, with Lords discussing the proposals surrounding under‐occupation of properties and direct payments to tenants, as well as the effects the Bill could have on single parents and those with disabilities. The Welfare Reform Bill is now being discussed at committee stage in the House of Lords. For further information on the outcomes please visit our website: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐issues/ welfare‐reform/ Aaron Hill Policy Assistant

CECODHAS Housing Europe While tenants and staff were lobbying in London, Group Chief Executive Nick Bennett travelled to Brussels to meet with representatives from CECODHAS Housing Europe and, along with representatives from England, the Netherlands, France and an Economist from the Economic and Social Committee, provided examples for discussion around the theme ‘What is the added‐value of social housing actions and how to measure it’. The WERU Economic Impact study of the sector in Wales, now in its fourth year, was distributed and discussed as an example of good practice which needed to be extended to other parts of the EU and across the EU if possible. Other sessions included the Sustainable Urban Development Working Group looking at the European Investment Bank Study on housing and JESSICA (Joint European Support for

Sustainable Investment in City Areas) operations, and a number of organisations referred to their frustrations in getting financial engineering through initiatives such as JESSICA to work effectively in a Housing context. The Social Affairs Working Group discussed preliminary findings of CECODHAS’ study into Housing and Young People – 28% of EU youth cannot leave the parental home because of the lack of affordable housing. The Ageing Ad Hoc working group discussed the European Year of Active Ageing in 2012 and CECODHAS’ plans for events during that year, along with Council of Ministers’ plans, which will begin with a discussion on EU management of demographic change in December 2011. Nick Bennett Group Chief Executive

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NEWS

Welsh Draft Budget Announced The Welsh Government formally presented its Draft Budget for 2012‐13 to the Welsh Assembly this month, confirming that key headline figures for the Housing, Regeneration and Heritage budget remain unchanged from the indicative budget released by Welsh Government earlier this year. Cuts to the Housing, Regeneration and Heritage department for 2012‐13 total £28m when compared to the budget for 2011‐12. Under the draft proposals social housing grant would shrink to £60m in 2012/13 (compared to £69.248m in 2011/12) and £48m in 2013/14. The Welsh Assembly will now scrutinise the budget in committee and plenary sessions, until 29th November, when the final budget is presented to the Senedd. The final vote and the passing of the budget are expected on December 6th. However, the Labour government will have to work with at least one other political party to

Welsh Housing Partnership Launched With cuts to Social housing grant over the coming years, Ian Williams, Chair of the Welsh Housing Partnership, believes that innovation will be key to increase the supply of affordable homes for the people of Wales. “Getting a foot on the property ladder is harder than ever, with the lack of available mortgages for first time buyers, large deposits needed and unemployment figures rising. The Welsh Housing Partnership aims to offer good quality intermediate rental packages to families who can’t afford to buy their own homes. The partnership consists of my own organisation – the Hendre Group, along with the Coastal Housing Group, the Seren Group and Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd. We collectively manage 18,000 homes and have a combined turnover of over £100m. During the first year of this pilot project we aim to buy around 150 affordable homes with the support of the Welsh Government and

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secure an overall majority in the vote, and this could see some adjustments to their spending plans. Community Housing Cymru will work closely with the Welsh Assembly during the scrutiny period, and we have submitted evidence for consideration by the Communities, Equalities and Local Government committee. We will also work to ensure that Welsh Labour honour their manifesto commitment to ‘increase the supply of new affordable, energy efficient homes through Social Housing Grant together with accessing innovative forms of finance such as the Welsh Housing Partnership’.

Peter Griffiths, Principality; Ian Williams, WHP; Nick Bennett, CHC; Jane Hutt AM; Charlotte Awcock, Tenant; Huw Lewis AM.

the Principality Building Society and believe that by working together and sharing our extensive knowledge, experience and expertise we can deliver quality affordable rented houses to people across Wales. During the recent draft Budget announcement, Jane Hutt AM was asked for proof of how she was seeking additional ways of raising funds to improve infrastructure in Wales. In her response, she said “we have already demonstrated that we are doing this with the Welsh Housing Partnership.” We hope to build on a great foundation that will see more and more people living in quality rented accommodation.” For further information on the Welsh Housing Partnership, visit www.welshhousingpartnership.co.uk Ian Williams, Chief Executive of the Hendre Group and Chair of the Welsh Housing Partnership


A MEMBER’S PERSPECTIVE

Tai Calon Community Housing

Action Camp 2011 – Young People from across Blaenau Gwent having fun with staff of Tai Calon at Action Camp.

As the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) report is published, Jen Barfoot, Chief Executive of Tai Calon considers the organisation’s first year and its work in tackling issues around education, skills and training for young people. I was disappointed last month when I read the latest WIMD report, to find that Blaenau Gwent remains one of the most deprived areas in Wales. 23.4% of Blaenau Gwent’s Lower Super Output areas are in the most deprived 10% across Wales. It was not surprising to me, however, as the challenge that the statistics highlight was part of the reason I took the Chief Executive’s role at Tai Calon in early 2010. Compounding the WIMD report are the figures around young people not in education, employment or training: NEETS. In Blaenau Gwent 9% of all young people between 16 and 18 are classified as NEET. Hard statistics, depressing as they are, do not show the grass roots work that is being undertaken by local organisations in the voluntary and statutory sectors. Partners such as the local authority and Communities First are working hard with us to break some of the established social cycles and create life chances for those that need them most. So how do we, as a community mutual organisation, support our partners in influencing societal change? ...We do what we said we would do! Tai Calon was officially created in July 2010 and from the outset had a strong mandate from its tenants to create opportunities for employment and training and support for the local economy. It was seen as a community investment vehicle with the financial ‘teeth’ to make a difference. With the number of NEETS so high in the area and with a strong strategic direction to tackle this with the Council, we set about developing a programme of projects and activities to support young people. Our focus was ‘think local’.

So what have we achieved in our first 13 months to support our strategy? • Our contracts for the £111m of WHQS investment used the Targeted Recruitment and Training toolkit, negotiating 13 apprenticeships with our external contractors. • Our internal employment strategies have resulted in 5 new apprenticeships in our own Property Services Team. • Young Wales, a social enterprise supporting young people that have been excluded from school with work based education, have located in our offices, with the first tranche of young people starting in September 2011. • We have four Jobmatch participants taken through the Employment Routes programme, all have secured their NVQ 2 in housing and all have achieved fulltime employment (3 with Tai Calon). • 2 Go Wales placements have worked with us, one of whom has secured employment with Tai Calon. • We have supported 32 young people to attend Action Camp, a life skills camp for young people. • Two 5 week construction skills taster courses have been completed with young people on estates linking in with the Careers Wales team. • We are hosting pre GCSE English and other courses from our Tenant Resource Room at our offices. So what’s next for us... well, to be honest probably more of the same but with the challenges of the Work Programme and housing benefit reform the complexity and urgency of the task will increase. Community mutuals like ourselves are ideally placed to target those most in need. Long gone is the archetypal ‘traditional landlord’. Jen Barfoot Chief Executive

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DIGITAL INCLUSION

Building the business case for digital capacity in housing The digital agenda is a major challenge for our members in Wales. With an estimated 70% of social housing tenants considered to be digitally excluded, how can we contribute to the Welsh Government’s vision to ensure that everyone who wants to be online can get online and have the confidence to do more online, as well as seeing the benefits for both tenants and our individual organisations? Martha Lane Fox, the UK Digital Inclusion Champion and founder of Race Online, shares her views… “At Race Online 2012, we see two urgent reasons for us to support the current drive for digital capability in the social housing sector. First, because technology is the only way in today’s extraordinarily tough spending climate for you to deliver more for less. Our first challenge is just getting this simple message out there; our findings in the sector suggest housing providers hugely overestimate the costs of increasing their use of digital, and massively underestimate the benefits – we estimate the sector could save more than £340m annually by shifting communications online alone. Second, because doing so is increasingly urgent if you are to meet your social obligations to tenants. Digital skills are now as fundamental as literacy and numeracy – underpinning education, employment, boosting confidence and social contact. In terms of jobs alone, you’re 25% more likely to get a job with these skills and you’ll earn 10% more when in work. The web is now our primary route to access education, entertainment and information, and having these skills confers particularly compelling benefits for older people whose family or loved ones may live far away or where mobility may be a problem. To help us make this undeniable economic and moral case to push for greater digital capability in your organisations

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and among your tenants we’ve joined forces with a number of the UK’s social landlords including a number of Welsh Housing Associations such as Taff Housing and Valleys to Coast, to properly seize both economic and social returns. We are pushing for progress via this working group, and I think we can make real strides towards a more digitally capable sector and digitally skilled tenant population right away. Visit our website to find information on informal training tools, super‐cheap, high‐quality hardware deals and, for housing associations that are also charities, info on low‐cost software agencies such as CTT and pro‐bono advisory groups such as iT4Communities. You can also join or draw on the support of our 100,000‐ strong national ‘digital champion’ network, including Community Housing Cymru and a number of Welsh Housing Associations, many of whom will be holding special events to support the massive BBC‐led ‘Go ON Give An Hour’ campaign asking people to donate the extra hour they get when the clocks go back this autumn to inspire, encourage and support people in their community to take their first steps online. Hundreds of thousands of people will be running events up and down the country – we’d love the Welsh housing sector to be among them.” For further information about Raceonline, please visit: www.raceonline2012.org Martha Lane Fox UK Digital Inclusion Champion


NEWS IN BRIEF

PR Conference review Lean Systems Champions Programme relaunched

Over 40 delegates attended CHC’s PR and Communications Conference last month. Titled 3 is a magic number, attendees set themselves three objectives at the start of the day, heard three key messages from each speaker, attended three interactive sessions, had three breaks to sign up for one‐to‐one surgeries and took three action points away with them at the close of the conference. They were also asked to think of three words they’d use to describe their tenants and three words others would use to describe their tenants and then watched social media vox pops to see if their perceptions really did match reality! After a round of speed networking, Cerianne Goddard, a tenant board member with Cadwyn Housing Association, gave an honest and thought provoking presentation about what it is like to be a housing association tenant. A number of speakers followed Cerianne including representatives from MacMillan Cancer Care, Donate Wales, Positif Politics and Zork sellers, the Creative Thinking Company, along with a media panel with journalists from the Guardian, Inside Housing, BBC Wales and the Western Mail. All presentations from the day can be found on CHC’s website: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//events/past‐events/

Join the Lean Systems Champions Programme this November and embark on a journey of innovation, continuous improvement, improved performance and efficiency. Over 9 months participants will develop a Lean Systems approach to their specific problems and opportunities using the LIMS© method. On‐site support includes senior management team briefing, working with staff and management teams to develop solutions and coaching for champions. The course includes: • 6 Champions Workshops blending theory, group learning and discussion. • 4 Practitioner support days working on your specific lean project. • 6 months coaching for Champions. Blue Sky Business Solutions Limited will utilise WG funding for associations with less than 250 employees – prices are £5711 for 1 champion and £6010 for 2 inclusive of VAT. Champions and staff team members will become internal consultants and change agents, and make things happen! You will be supported to solve problems specific to your organisation through a series of learning workshops, project work, and professional on‐site coaching and facilitation. Last year’s champion organisations were Merthyr Housing, Taff Housing, Mid Wales Housing Association, CT Eryri, Cynon Taf Community Housing Group and Community Housing Cymru. Are you ready to join the expanding network? For further information please contact: info@theimprovementconsultancy.co.uk in the first instance or Jennifer‐horton@chcymru.org.uk

Sewers and drains update CHC and Dŵr Cymru held two regional events last month to discuss and communicate the operational guidelines that CHC members and Dŵr Cymru would adopt post transfer of private sewers and lateral drains which came into force on 1 October. The operational guidelines were drafted by a working group made up of RCT Homes, Valleys to Coast, Wales & West, Cartrefi Conwy, Bron Afon, Tai Ceredigion and Coastal Housing along with representatives from Dŵr Cymru’s operational and Call centre teams. The guidelines can be found on CHC’s website: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐issues/ private‐sewers‐and‐drains.cfm

Rents update CHC have submitted a response to the Welsh Government’s Rent consultation and also met with Huw Lewis AM and Jane Hutt AM last month to raise the issue of sustainable rents and the promise from the sector to invest a further £250m into the economy, while building a further 1,500 homes without any grant aid, in return for a fair rents policy and continued constructive partnership with the Welsh Government over the 2011‐15 period.

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CREW Update CREW has been busy over the summer preparing responses to two Welsh Government consultations.

The first is the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Inquiry into the Regeneration of Town Centres. Economically and socially viable town centres are a vital ingredient for a successful Welsh economy and developing a multi‐use ‘extended menu’ of activities in our town centres provides opportunities to compete with the ‘out of town’ shopping experience and rising levels of internet sales. You can read CREW’s full submission to the Inquiry at: www.regenwales.org. CREW has also responded to the consultation on the future of Communities First. As well as developing its own submission, CREW is also developing a joint response with the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and Community Development Cymru (CDC). These organisations have promoted recognition of ‘community hubs’ as anchor organisations for the potential delivery of Communities First. CREW conducted case studies of four community hubs in Wales to demonstrate their critical contribution to delivering services and opportunities in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Wales. You can read the case studies and both the CREW submission and the joint submission at: www.regenwales.org. We are very pleased to welcome nine students from the Centre for Brownfield Studies (CBS), State University New York. CREW is hosting their overseas study module in the final year of their degree programme. They are bringing knowledge of ‘industrial repurposing’ methods pioneered

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“CREW conducted case studies of four community hubs in Wales to demonstrate their critical contribution to delivering services and opportunities in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Wales.

at CBS which link rural regeneration with urban food markets. In a sustainable loop, farmers grow willow crop which is de‐ethanolysed in redundant industrial premises. The ethanol is sold as bio‐fuel and the remaining wood chips power bio‐mass boilers linked to industrial scale greenhouses. The end product is high value salad crops for the supermarket and restaurant sectors. The students are identifying potential sites in South East Wales. Dave Adamson CREW Chief Executive


POLICY

Regulation Update CHC continues to meet with the Regulator to ensure the effective implementation of the new Regulatory framework for housing associations in Wales. Ensuring that associations can demonstrate their commitment to the principles underlying the framework will be critical in maintaining: • Lender confidence • Welsh Government confidence • And, ultimately the reputation of the sector as a whole To support the sector in the new environment CHC is offering a range of services to members. More detail about these can be founded in CHC’s Regulation bulletin: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final/key‐issues/ accountability‐governance‐and‐equality/en/regulation.cfm The bulletin is designed to: • Reinforce the key messages and principles of the new framework • Outline the main components of the framework • Reiterate the expectations of the sector in relation to Self Assessment, the Delivery Outcomes and Regulatory Assessment • Clarify issues around the publication of assessments • Highlight support available from CHC Welsh Government will also be issuing a newsletter updating the sector on a range of current issues, not least on developments around: • • • • •

The publication of the overall regulatory framework Part 2 of the Measure Publication of regulatory judgments Regulatory assessments Staffing and capacity issues

This will be available during the autumn.

‘You can tame wild ideas but it’s hard to make tame ideas exciting’ Hi, I am Peter Griffiths, the new Senior Regulation Manager for South East Wales, and am delighted to have crossed the border from England! I grew up in Handsworth, Birmingham, which is also where I also got my first job. I joined a housing trust as a naïve 16 year old who thought social housing was a simple task of doing the odd repair and collecting rent… and have stayed in housing ever since, because I learned so much (about how wrong I was!). Since then I have worked for several Midlands‐based housing associations and two local authorities, both in landlord and homelessness and housing advice services. In 2003, I joined the Audit Commission in England as a Housing Inspector, before government policy meant the end of inspections earlier this year. I love innovation and doing things differently; a previous manager’s advice that ‘you can tame wild ideas but it’s hard to make tame ideas exciting’ really resounded with me, so I’ll think ‘red arrows’ and you can tell me fireworks might be realistic! I believe you can’t always ‘get everything right first time, every time’ and that learning from mistakes, tenant feedback and other people’s experiences is an important part of the continuous improvement journey. The current environment is full of challenges – the economy and reducing public spending, affordability, increasing demand and welfare reform – along with achieving strong delivery outcomes, to name but a few. However, this also presents opportunities for the sector to demonstrate its ability to innovate, to take the lead in driving forward partnerships, initiatives and solutions and to be at the forefront of community development. I am driven by the potential to make a difference and help improve outcomes for everyone in the community – I look forward to working together with you to do so. Peter Griffiths Senior Regulation Manager, Welsh Government

Amanda Oliver Head of Policy and Research

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EVENTS

Conferences: NOVEMBER 2011

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Financial Inclusion Conference St Peter’s Hall CARDIFF

Training Courses: NOVEMBER 2011

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Good Governance in an era of Co‐Regulation CARDIFF

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NEW For further information about our conferences, please contact: rhian‐robinson@chcymru.org.uk. For further information about our training courses, please contact: jenny‐horton@chcymru.org.uk.

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Have you booked your place for our Annual Housing Conference on 24/25 November? As CHC embarks on a ‘Conversation’ with members, the conference will provide the first opportunity to hear top level findings from this research. Speakers include Huw Lewis AM; Dafydd Elis‐ Thomas AM; Dr Andrew Goodall; Nick Bennett; Peter Cahill; Pete Cohen, professional business coach; and Richard Parks, former Welsh rugby international (invited). To keep up to date with all our events and training courses, follow us on Twitter @CHCEvents


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GAIR GAN Y PRIF WEITHREDYDD

“Ein Dyfodol Strategol” ‐ Sgwrs Genedlaethol Mae Cymru’n wynebu heriau enfawr mewn polisi cyhoeddus yn y dyfodol ac mae angen i aelodau CHC fod ar flaen y gad mewn newid, gan wasanaethu’r cymunedau sydd mwyaf amddifadus yn gymdeithasol ac economaidd yng Nghymru.

Cynhyrchwyd gan: Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru Tŷ Fulmar Beignon Close Ocean Park Caerdydd CF24 5HF

Ydyn ni’n addas i’r diben ar gyfer y dyfodol? Beth sy’n poeni mwyaf ar ein haelodau? Pa gefnogaeth maen nhw’n ei werthfawrogi fwyaf? Ar beth ddylen ni ganolbwyntio yn y dyfodol? Beth ddylen ni adael ar ôl?

029 2055 7400 Dyluniwyd gan Arts Factory Golygydd Edwina O’Hart (CHC) Is‐olygydd: Beth Samuel (CHC)

Cyfranwyr: Nick Bennett (CHC) Clare Williams (CHC) Amanda Oliver (CHC) Shea Jones (CHC) Aaron Hill (CHC) Paul Langley (CHC) Dave Adamson, CREW Ian Williams, Grŵp Hendre Jen Barfoot, Cartrefi Cymunedol Tai Calon Peter Griffiths, Llywodraeth Cymru

Mae’r felltith Tsieineaidd, byw mewn amser diddorol, ar ein pennau. Wynebwn doriadau mawr mewn gwariant cyhoeddus, gostwng budd‐ daliadau, ail‐brisio benthyciadau, her buddsoddi mewn ansawdd a chyflenwad, yr angen am sylfaen refeniw cynaliadwy, her cymdeithas sy’n heneiddio, her adfywio yng Nghymru, y drafodaeth ar y Gymdeithas Fawr yn Lloegr a chyfleoedd i lunio ymatebion newydd ar y cyd ar gyfer tai, iechyd a gofal. Mae’r risgiau’n niferus iawn. Dychmygwch ddyfodol heb unrhyw gartrefi newydd, niferoedd enfawr yn cael eu gorfodi i fyw mewn llety gwely a brecwast, enw da’r sector tai yn cael ei chwalu gan ganfyddiad o gathod boldew gydag ‘arian yn y banc ond yn anfodlon i wneud unrhyw beth’, gostyngiad mewn Cefnogi Pobl, fawr ddim neu ddim mynediado gwbl i grant i bawb ac yn ei dro bwysau ar refeniw i wneud mwy am lai.

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Dyma ychydig o’r materion yr hoffem gael eich barn amdanynt ac mae’r sgwrs yn mynd rhagddi eisoes. Dros yr wythnosau nesaf byddwn yn parhau i gasglu sylwadau gan groestoriad o staff a rhanddeiliaid cymdeithasau tai wrth i ni gynllunio ar gyfer y dyfodol. I sicrhau bod ymatebwyr yn cael cyfle i gynnig eu sylwadau’n gyfrinachol, rydym wedi comisiynu Beaufort Research, contractwr annibynnol, i gynnal y darn yma o waith. Mae Beaufort Research yn gweithio’n llwyr o fewn Cod Ymddygiad y Gymdeithas Ymchwil Marchnad. Bydd cyfraniadau aelodau yn gyfan gwbl gyfrinachol a bydd unrhyw sylwadau unigol yn hollol ddienw. Byddwn yn rhannu penawdau’r canfyddiadau yn ein Cynhadledd Flynyddol ar 24 Tachwedd, ac wedyn yn defnyddio’r canfyddiadau i fod yn sylfaen i ymgynghoriad gyda phob aelod yn dechrau ym mis Rhagfyr hyd fis Ionawr 2012. Bydd CHC wedyn yn llunio cynigion yn seiliedig ar yr ymgynghoriad i’w cytuno gan y Cyngor Cenedlaethol ym mis Mawrth 2012. Gobeithiwn eich bod yn barod i ymuno â’r drafodaeth. Dyma eich sector chi, eich dyfodol chi ‐ helpwch ni i’w siapio.

Nick Bennett Prif Weithredydd

Peter Cahill Cadeirydd


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Cyngor arian yn allweddol i atal cylch milain dyled Yn ystod mis Awst cwblhaodd Moneyline Cymru ei 6,000fed benthyciad a benthyca cyfanswm o dros £3 miliwn. Yn ystod yr un cyfnod, cododd cynilwyr £21,000 o’u cyfrifon cynilo. Pam fod y swm record hwnnw o godi cynilon yn gymaint o lwyddiant? Dyma’r dystiolaeth gyntaf sydd gennym fod y grŵp cleientiaid yma sy’n dweud wrthym nad ydynt erioed wedi cynilo o’r blaen yn gwario eu cynilon ‐ yn yr achos yma ar fwynhau’r Haf ‐ yn hytrach na benthyca.

Mae CHC ac undebau credyd lleol yn cydweithio i alluogi cynghorwyr arian i agor cyfrifon cynilo undebau credyd i hyrwyddo gallu ariannol a hyrwyddo benthyciadau rhatach ar gyfer y cwsmeriaid hynny y gwrthodwyd benthyciad iddynt ar y dechrau.

Yn y flwyddyn ddiwethaf mae 3,500 o gynilwyr rhyngddynt wedi cynilo cyfanswm o dros £250,000. Sut mae Moneyline Cymru yn cymell pobl sydd ar yr incwm isaf un i arbed eu harian? Drwy ofyn i gwsmeriaid gynilo at nod tymor byr megis y Nadolig a’i lapio gyda’u had‐ daliad benthyciad mewn un taliad wythnosol rhwydd. Dyma un yn unig o’r ffyrdd y mae Moneyline Cymru yn annog cwsmeriaid i symud ymaith o fenthyca, sy’n ymddangos hyd yn fwy arwyddocaol ar ôl y datgeliad gan Uned Benthyca Arian Anghyfreithlon Cymru yn ystod yr haf y cynyddodd y nifer sy’n benthyca gan siarcod benthyca o 40% i 25,000 yn y 3 blynedd ddiwethaf.

Wrth i doriadau mewn budd‐daliadau, cynnydd mewn biliau tanwydd a diweithdra frathu, mae cyngor arian yn dod yn gynyddol bwysig ac mae Moneyline Cymru yn gyfle delfrydol i’w gyflwyno. Mae’r prosiect, a ariannir gan y Loteri Fawr i gyflwyno cyngor o bum swyddfa yn y De Ddwyrain, eisoes wedi gwneud gwahaniaeth enfawr i fywydau dros 600 o gwsmeriaid ac mae’n hanfodol bod y cyngor yma’n parhau i gael ei gyflwyno wrth ochr y gwasanaeth benthyciadau. Parhad y prosiect cyngor arian fydd y cwestiwn ar wefusau rhanddeiliaid wrth i Moneyline Cymru ehangu i ddarparu gwasanaeth Cymru‐ gyfan yn ystod chwarter cyntaf 2012.

Yn ystod yr haf dechreuodd pump o gynghorwyr arian CHC eu gwaith yng nghanghennau Moneyline Cymru. Hyd yma maent wedi dynodi dros £100,000 o fudd‐daliadau heb eu hawlio, a chyfanswm o £200,000 mewn ôl‐ ddyledion dŵr y medrid eu dileu dan gynlluniau Cymorth Biliau Dŵr Cymru. Mae cyngor ar unwaith, yn y fan a’r lle ar arian yn allweddol i’r prosiect; mae cwsmeriaid y gwrthodwyd benthyciad iddynt ar sail fforddiadwyedd ar gam hollbwysig yn y broses ddyled.

Clare Williams Swyddog Cynhwysiant Ariannol

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Er Budd Pwy? Mae CHC yn parhau i lobio’n galed am newidiadau i’r diwygiadau arfaethedig i fudd‐dal tai; ac ynghyd â’r ffederasiynau tai eraill yn Lloegr, yr Alban a Gogledd Iwerddon, gofynnodd am gynnwys y gwelliannau penodol dilynol yn y Mesur yn y trafodaethau yn Nhŷ’r Arglwyddi: • Cynnig i gyfyngu toriadau tanddefnyddio i denantiaid sydd wedi gwrthod cynnig rhesymol o lety arall ac eithrio tenantiaid sy’n derbyn Lwfans Tai Anabledd a’r rhai sy’n byw mewn cartrefi wedi’u haddasu. Rydym hefyd yn gofyn am eithrio gofalwyr maeth. • Diogelu dewis tenantiaid am daliadau uniongyrchol. Dan y trefniant presennol, gall tenantiaid ddewis i’w budd‐daliadau gael eu talu’n uniongyrchol i’w landlordiaid yn yr un ffordd ac y gall perchnogion tai ddewis talu drwy ddebyd uniongyrchol. Mae’r cynigion am gredyd Cynhwysfawr newydd a dalir yn uniongyrchol i denantiaid yn dileu’r opsiwn yma er bod ymchwil yn dangos y byddai 91% o denantiaid yn dewis i’w rhent gael ei dalu’n uniongyrchol i landlordiaid. • Yr uchafswm ar fudd‐dal. Mae’r Mesur yn rhoi’r pŵer i’r Llywodraeth roi uchafswm ar y cyfanswm budd‐ daliadau y gall person sengl neu deulu ei hawlio. Bydd hyn yn cyfateb i ‘enillion cyfartalog’ aelwyd mewn gwaith. Ar adeg pan fo pawb yn wynebu biliau cartref uwch, y tebygrwydd yw y bydd yr uchafswm yn arwain at galedi pellach i deuluoedd. Gofynnwn felly am welliant i dynnu cymorth ar gyfer costau tai wrth gyfrif yr uchafswm ar fudd‐daliadau. Cynigiwyd tua 120 o welliannau i’w trafod ac mae’r Mesur ar y cam Pwyllgor yn Nhŷ’r Arglwyddi ar hyn o bryd. Mae’r wybodaeth ddiweddaraf ar yr hyn sy’n digwydd i’r Mesur yn Nhŷ’r Arglwyddi ar gael yn: www.parliament.uk/business Amanda Oliver Pennaeth Polisi ac Ymchwil

Wythnos Gweithredu Lles Bydd CHC yn parhau i ymgyrchu ar newidiadau i’r diwygiadau Budd‐dal Tai yn y misoedd i ddod ac mae digon o gyfleoedd i gymryd rhan. Fe wnaethom drefnu ‘Wythnos Gweithredu Lles’ a gynhaliwyd rhwng 10‐16 Hydref ac annog aelodau i ysgrifennu at yr Arglwydd Freud, eu Haelod Seneddol lleol a hefyd i godi’r materion gyda thenantiaid a’r cyfryngau lleol. Er fod yr Wythnos Gweithredu Lles drosodd, nid yw’n rhy hwyr i gymryd rhan yn yr ymgyrch. I lawrlwytho pecyn, ewch i: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐ issues/welfare‐reform/welfare‐action‐week.cfm

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“Dwi ddim yn talu rhent” Dan y cynigion newydd, byddai hawlwyr yn derbyn Credyd Cynhwysfawr ‐ a fyddai mor debyg i gyflog ag sydd modd ac yn cynnwys eu budd‐dal tai. Fel canlyniad bydd y rhan fwyaf o denantiaid sy’n byw yn y sector rhent cymdeithasol yn derbyn eu budd‐dal yn uniongyrchol, yn hytrach na hyn yn cael ei dalu i’r landlord. Y llynedd cyhoeddodd yr Arglwydd Freud y bwriad i gomisiynu set o brosiectau peilot sydd i’w lansio yng Ngwanwyn 2012 lle byddai’r Adran Gwaith a Phensiynau, yn gweithio gyda phartneriaid lleol yn cynnwys cymdeithasau tai, yn profi’r ffyrdd gorau o wneud hyn tra’n cefnogi landlordiaid cymdeithasol yn ogystal â’u tenantiaid drwy’r newid. Felly beth yw goblygiadau talu budd‐dal tai yn uniongyrchol i denantiaid? Mae Paul Langley Uwch Gynghorydd Arian Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru, yn rhoi ei farn: ‘Mae’n ddatganiad a glywir drosodd a thro wrth siarad gyda thenantiaid tai cymdeithasol. Mae’n rhaid i’r llywodraeth newid y diwylliant endemig yma cyn cyflwyno’r newid arfaethedig i daliad sengl Credyd Cynhwysfawr. Fel arall, caiff landlordiaid cymdeithasol eu gorfodi i gario baich ôl‐ddyledion tai nes y caiff taliadau eu gorfodi’n ôl i restr talu uniongyrchol, gwastraff amser ac adnoddau na all tenantiaid na landlordiaid ei fforddio. Ni fydd grymuso heb addysg yn gweithio. Mae Moneyline Cymru wedi cyflwyno tenantiaid o’r fath a ddefnyddiodd LHA i dalu am gostau byw eraill, gan eu gadael mewn ôl‐ddyled a thebygrwydd cynyddol o ddigartrefedd. Gyda llai a llai o gredyd ar gael, bydd angen i denantiaid sy’n derbyn symiau mawr o arian, yn arbennig o amgylch y Nadoilig, gael eu haddysgu ar bwysigrwydd taliadau blaenoriaeth. Pwy fydd yn eu haddysgu? A fydd landlordiaid cymdeithasol yn gorfod rhoi adrannau cynhwysiant ariannol y sector tai dan bwysau pellach? Os felly, pwy fydd yn talu am hyn? Mae’r opsiwn o dderbyn budd‐dal tai yn uniongyrchol yn bodoli eisoes, eto pam fod cyn lleied o denantiaid yn manteisio ar y cyfle? Mae landlordiaid a thenantiaid ar hyn o bryd yn dewis derbyn y sefyllfa bresennol, byddai unrhyw beth llai na rhoi’r dewis yma yn gwadu’r gallu i ddefnyddwyr dalu fel y dymunant’. Paul Langley Uwch Gynghorydd Arian, Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru Beth yw eich barn chi ar daliad uniongyrchol a chredyd cynhwysfawr? Mae cynghorwyr arian CHC yn dweud eu barn ar ein gwefan. Darllenwch hwy yma:

www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐issues/ welfare‐reform.cfm


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Tenantiaid yn mynd â Deiseb i Dŷ’r Arglwyddi

Teithiodd grŵp o denantiaid tai cymdeithasol o Gymru i Lundain fis diwethaf i gyflwyno deiseb yn erbyn y toriadau arfaethedig i Dŷ’r Arglwyddi ar y diwrnod y cafodd y Mesur Diwygio Lles ei ail ddarlleniad yno. Ymunodd tenantiaid o bum cymdeithas tai o bob rhan o Gymru â thîm Cyfathrebu Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru, Edwina O’Hart a Bethan Samuel, a’r Cymhorthydd Polisi newydd Aaron Hill, ar yr trip lle cyflwynwyd y ddeiseb gyntaf i Dŷ’’r Arglwyddi mewn mwy na degawd! Derbyniwyd y ddeiseb gan yr Arglwydd Touhig (Llafur), a daeth ef y 1732ain person i’w llofnodi. Dywedodd cyn AS Islwyn fod y cynigion presennol yn ‘ymosodiad ar bobl dlotaf ein gwlad’ a chwestiynodd flaenoriaethau’r llywodraeth yng ngoleuni sylwadau’n awgrymu eu bod yn barod i dorri’r dreth 50c, tra’n gofyn i’r rhai sydd yn ei

chael trafferthion i gael dau ben llinyn ynghyd i dderbyn toriad yn y cymorth sylfaenol y maent ei angen. Cyflwynwyd y Ddeiseb ar lawr y Tŷ funudau cyn i’r Arglwyddi drafod y mesur ‐ dadl a barhaodd am dros saith awr. Roedd yn amlwg fod pryderon yn cynyddu am lawer o faterion sylfaenol, gyda’r Arglwyddi yn trafod y cynigion yn ymwneud â thanddefnyddio anheddau a thaliadau uniongyrchol i denantiaid, yn ogystal â’r effeithiau y medrai’r mesur ei gael ar rieni sengl a phobl gydag anableddau. Mae’r Mesur Diwygio Lles yn cael ei drafod yn y cam pwyllgor yn Nhŷ’r Arglwyddi ar hyn o bryd. I gael mwy o wybodaeth ar y canlyniadau, edrychwch ar ein gwefan: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐issues/ welfare‐reform/ Aaron Hill Cymhorthydd Polisi

CECODHAS Tai Ewrop Tra bod tenantiaid a staff yn lobio yn Llundain, teithiodd Nick Bennett – Prif Weithredydd Grŵp CHC – i Frwsel i gwrdd gyda cynrychiolwyr CECODHAS Housing Europe ac, ynghyd â chynrychiolwyr o Loegr, yr Iseldiroedd, Ffrainc ac economegydd o’r Pwyllgor Economaidd a Chymdeithasol, rhoddodd enghreifftiau er trafodaeth ar y thema ‘Beth yw gwerth ychwanegol gweithredoedd tai cymdeithasol a sut i’w fesur.’ Dosbarthwyd astudiaeth yr Uned Ymchwil i Economi Cymru ar Effaith Economaidd y sector yng Nghymru, sydd bellach yn ei bedwaredd flwyddyn, a’i drafod fel enghraifft o arfer da oedd angen ei ymestyn i rannau eraill o’r undeb Ewropeaidd ac ar draws yr Undeb Ewropeaidd os yn bosibl. Roedd sesiynau eraill yn cynnwys y Gweithgor Datblygu Trefol Cynaliadwy yn edrych ar Astudiaeth Banc Buddsoddi Ewrop ar dai a gweithgareddau JESSICA (‘Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas’),

a chyfeiriodd nifer o sefydliadau at eu rhwystredigaeth mewn cael peirianneg ariannol drwy gynlluniau megis JESSICA i weithio’n effeithiol mewn cyd‐destun tai. Trafododd y Gweithgor Materion Cymdeithasol ganfyddiadau rhagarweiniol astudiaeth CECODHAS ar dai a phobl ifanc ‐ ni all 28% o bobl ifanc yr Undeb Ewropeaidd adael cartref eu rhieni oherwydd prinder tai fforddiadwy. Bu gweithgor ad hoc Heneiddio yn trafod Blwyddyn Ewropeaidd Heneiddio Egniol. 2012 a chynlluniau CECODHAS ar gyfer digwyddiadau yn ystod y flwyddyn honno, ynghyd â chynlluniau’r Cyngor Gweinidogion, fydd yn dechrau gyda thrafodaeth ar reolaeth yr Undeb Ewropeaidd o newid demograffig yn Rhagfyr 2011. Nick Bennett Prif Weithredydd Grŵp

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Cyhoeddi Cyllideb Ddrafft Cymru Cyflwynodd Llywodraeth Cymru ei Chyllideb Ddrafft am 2012‐13 yn ffurfiol i’r Cynulliad Cenedlaethol y mis hwn, gan gadarnhau na fu newid yn y ffigurau pennawd allweddol ar gyfer y gyllideb Tai, Adfywio a Threftadaeth o’r gyllideb arwyddol a gyhoeddodd Llywodraeth Cymru yn gynharach eleni. Mae toriadau o £28m yn 2012‐13 i’r adran Tai, Adfywio a Threftadaeth o gymharu â chyllideb 2011‐12. Dan y drafft gynigion byddai grant tai cymdeithasol yn gostwng i £60m yn 2012/13 (o gymharu gyda £69.248m yn 2011/12) a £48m yn 2013/14. Bydd y Cynulliad yn awr yn craffu ar y gyllideb mewn pwyllgor a sesiynau llawn hyd 29 Tachwedd pan gyflwynir y gyllideb derfynol i sesiwn lawn o’r Cynulliad. Disgwylir y bleidlais derfynol a phasio’r gyllideb ar 6 Rhagfyr. Fodd bynnag, bydd yn rhaid i’r Llywodraeth Lafur weithio gydag o leiaf un blaid wleidyddol arall i gael mwyafrif yn y

bleidlais, a medrai hyn olygu y bydd yn rhaid iddynt addasu eu cynlluniau gwario. Bydd Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru yn gweithio’n agos gyda’r Cynulliad Cenedlaethol yn ystod y cyfnod craffu, ac rydym wedi cyflwyno tystiolaeth i’w ystyried gan y Pwyllgor Cymunedau, Cydraddoldeb a Llywodraeth Leol. Byddwn hefyd yn gweithio i sicrhau fod Llafur Cymru yn anrhydeddu eu hymrwymiad maniffesto ‘i gynyddu’r cyflenwad o gartrefi newydd, fforddiadwy ac effeithiol o ran ynni drwy’r Grant Tai Cymdeithasol ynghyd â chyrchu dulliau blaengar o gyllid megis Partneriaeth Tai Cymru’.

Lansio partneriaeth Tai Cymru Peter Griffiths, Principality; Ian Williams, WHP; Nick Bennett, CHC; Jane Hutt AM; Charlotte Awcock, Tenant; Huw Lewis AM.

Gyda thoriadau mawr i’r Grant Tai Cymdeithasol i ddod yn y blynyddoedd nesaf, mae Ian Williams, Cadeirydd Partneriaeth Tai Cymru, yn credu y bydd arloesi yn allweddol i gynyddu’r cyflenwad o gartrefi fforddiadwy ar gyfer pobl Cymru. “Mae’n anos nag erioed i bobl brynu eu cartref cyntaf, gyda diffyg morgeisi ar gael ar gyfer prynwyr tro cyntaf, yr angen am ernesau mawr a ffigurau diweithdra’n cynyddu. Nod Partneriaeth Tai Cymru yw cynnig pecynnau rhent canolraddol safon uchel i deuluoedd na all fforddio prynu eu cartrefi eu hunain. Mae’r bartneriaeth yn cynnwys fy sefydliad fy hun ‐ Grŵp Hendre ‐ ynghyd â Grŵp Coastal Housing, Grŵp Seren a Chymdeithas Tai Clwyd. Rydym rhyngom yn rheoli 18,000 o gartrefi ac mae gennym drosiant cyfun o dros £100 miliwn. Yn ystod blwyddyn gyntaf y prosiect peilot yma anelwn brynu tua 150 o gartrefi fforddiadwy gyda chefnogaeth Llywodraeth

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Cymru a Chymdeithas Adeiladu Principality a chredwn y gallwn, drwy gydweithio a rhannu ein gwybodaeth, profiad ac arbenigedd helaeth, sicrhau cartrefi safon uchel ar rent fforddiadwy i bobl ym mhob rhan o Gymru. Yn ystod ei chyhoeddiad diweddar ar y Gyllideb ddrafft, gofynnwyd i Jane Hutt AC am dystiolaeth o sut yr oedd yn edrych am ffyrdd ychwanegol i godi cyllid i wella’r seilwaith yng Nghymru ac yn ei hymateb dywedodd eu bod eisoes wedi dangos eu bod yn gwneud hynny gyda Phartneriaeth Tai Cymru. Gobeithiwn adeiladu ar sylfaen wych fydd yn gweld mwy a mwy o bobl yn byw mewn cartrefi safon uchel ar rent.” I gael mwy o wybodaeth ar Bartneriaeth Tai Cymru, ewch i: www.welshhousingpartnership.co.uk Ian Williams Prif Weithredydd Grŵp Hendre a Chadeirydd Partneriaeth Tai Cymru


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Cartrefi Cymunedol Tai Calon

Gwersyll Gweithredu 2011 – Pobl ifanc o Brynfarm yn cymryd rhan mewn sesiynau blasu adeiladu gyda’r Ymddiriedolaeth Ieuenctid Adeiladu.

Gyda chyhoeddi Mynegai Amddifadedd Lluosog Cymru yn ddiweddar, mae Jen Barfoot, Prif Weithredydd Tai Calon, yn ystyried blwyddyn gyntaf y sefydliad a’i waith wrth fynd i’r afael â materion yn ymwneud ag addysg, sgiliau a hyfforddiant ar gyfer pobl ifanc. Roeddwn yn siomedig gweld y mis diwethaf wrth ddarllen adroddiad diweddaraf Mynegai Amddifadedd Lluosog Cymru fod Blaenau Gwent yn parhau i fod yn un o’r ardaloedd mwyaf amddifadus yng Nghymru. Mae 23.4% o Ardaloedd Cynnyrch Ehangach Haen Is Blaenau Gwent ymysg y 10% mwyaf amddifadus ar draws Cymru. Fodd bynnag nid oedd yn syndod i mi gan mai’r her y mae’r ystadegau yn ei hamlygu oedd rhan o’r rheswm dros i mi gymryd rôl Prif Weithredydd Tai Calon ddechrau 2010. Mae’r ffigurau ar gyfer pobl ifanc heb fod mewn addysg, cyflogaeth na hyfforddiant (NEETS) yn dwysáu adroddiad y Mynegai. Caiff 9% o holl bobl ifanc rhwng 16 a 18 Blaenau Gwent eu dosbarthu fel NEET. Er bod yr ystadegau caled yn ddigalon, nid ydynt yn dangos y gwaith a wneir ar lawr gwlad gan gyrff lleol yn y sectorau gwirfoddol a statudol. Mae partneriaid megis yr awdurdod lleol a Cymunedau yn Gyntaf yn gweithio’n galed gyda ni i chwalu rhai o’r cylchoedd cymdeithasol sefydledig a chreu cyfleoedd bywyd ar gyfer y rhai sydd fwyaf eu hangen. Felly sut ydym ni, fel sefydliad cymunedol cydfuddiannol, yn cefnogi ein partneriaid wrth ddylanwadu ar newid mewn cymdeithas? Gwnawn yr hyn y dywedasom y byddem! Cafodd Tai Calon ei greu yn swyddogol ym mis Gorffennaf 2010 ac o’r cychwyn cyntaf roedd ganddo fandad cryf gan ei denantiaid i greu cyfleoedd ar gyfer cyflogaeth a hyfforddiant a chefnogaeth i’r economi lleol. Fe’i gwelwyd fel cyfrwng buddsoddi cymunedol gyda’r ‘dannedd’ ariannol i wneud gwahaniaeth. Gyda’r nifer o NEETS mor uchel yn yr ardal a gyda chyfeiriad strategol cryf i fynd i’r afael â hyn gyda’r Cyngor, aethom ati i ddatblygu rhaglen o brosiectau a gweithgareddau i gefnogi pobl ifanc. Ein ffocws oedd ‘meddwl yn lleol’.

Felly beth ydym ni wedi’i gyflawni yn ein 13 mis gyntaf i gefnogi ein strategaeth? • Defnyddiodd ein contractau ar gyfer y £111m o fuddsoddiad Safon Ansawdd Tai Cymru y pecyn cymorth Recriwtio a Hyfforddiant wedi’i Dargedu, gan negodi 13 prentisiaeth gyda’n contractwyr allanol. • Mae ein strategaethau cyflogaeth mewnol wedi arwain at 5 prentisiaeth newydd yn ein Tîm Gwasanaethau Eiddo ein hunain. • Mae Cymru Ifanc, menter gymdeithasol yn cefnogi pobl ifanc sydd wedi eu gwahardd o’r ysgol gydag addysg seiliedig yn y gwaith, yn gweithio o’n swyddfeydd, gyda’r grŵp cyntaf o bobl ifanc yn dechrau ym Medi 2011. • Mae gennym bedwar yn cymryd rhan mewn Paru Swyddi a gymerwyd drwy’r rhaglen Llwybrau Cyflogaeth. Maent i gyd wedi sicrhau NVQ 2 mewn tai ac wedi sicrhau swyddi llawn‐amser (3 gyda Tai Calon). • Mae 2 leoliad Go Wales wedi gweithio gyda ni, ac un ohonynt wedi cael swydd gyda Tai Calon. • Rydym wedi cefnogi 32 o bobl ifanc i fynychu Gwersyll Gweithredu, gwersyll sgiliau bywyd ar gyfer pobl ifanc. • Cwblhawyd dau gwrs 5 wythnos blasu sgiliau adeiladu gyda phobl ifanc ar stadau yn cysylltu gyda thîm Gyrfa Cymru. • Cynhelir TGAU Saesneg a chyrsiau eraill yn yr Ystafell Adnodd Tenantiaid yn ein swyddfa. Felly beth sydd nesaf i ni... wel, i fod yn onest, mae’n debyg mwy o’r un fath ond gyda heriau’r Rhaglen Waith a’r newidiadau i fudd‐daliadau tai, bydd y dasg yn dod yn gynyddol gymhleth ac yn fater o frys cynyddol. Mae sefydliadau cymunedol cydfuddiannol fel ni mewn lle delfrydol i dargedu’r rhai sydd mewn mwyaf o angen. Mae diwrnod y ‘landlordiaid traddodiadol’ clasurol wedi hen ddiflannu. Jen Barfoot Prif Weithredydd

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CYNHWYSIANT DIGIDOL

Adeiladu’r achos busnes dros alluedd digidol mewn tai Mae’r agenda digidol yn her sylweddol i’n haelodau yng Nghymru. Amcangyfrifir fod 70% o denantiaid tai cymdeithasol wedi’u hallgau’n ddigidol: sut felly fedrwn ni gyfrannu at weledigaeth Llywodraeth Cymru o sicrhau y gall pawb sydd eisiau bod ar‐lein fynd ar‐lein, a bod â’r hyder i wneud mwy ar‐lein a gweld manteision bod ar‐lein yn ogystal â’r buddion i’n sefydliadau unigol? Dyma farn Martha Lane Fox, Hyrwyddwr Cynhwysiant Digidol y Deyrnas Unedig a sefydlydd Race Online... “Yn Race Online 2012, gwelwn ddau reswm brys dros gefnogi’r ymgyrch bresennol i sicrhau gallu digidol yn y sector tai cymdeithasol. Yn gyntaf, oherwydd mai technoleg yw’r unig ffordd, yn hinsawdd gwario rhyfeddol o galed heddiw, i chi gyflwyno mwy am lai. Ein her gyntaf yw cael y neges syml allan yna: mae ein canfyddiadau yn y sector yn awgrymu fod darparwyr tai yn meddwl fod costau cynyddu eu defnydd o dechnoleg ddigidol yn llawer iawn mwy nag ydynt mewn gwirionedd, ac yn credu fod y manteision yn llawer llai nag ydynt ‐ amcangyfrifwn y medrai’r sector arbed mwy na £340m y flwyddyn yn unig drwy symud cyfathrebu i fod ar‐lein. Yn ail oherwydd bod gwneud hynny’n fater o frys cynyddol os ydych i gyflawni eich oblygiadau cymdeithasol i denantiaid. Mae sgiliau digidol bellach mor sylfaenol â llythrennedd a rhifedd ‐ yn sylfaen i addysg, cyflogaeth, cynyddu hyder a chyswllt cymdeithasol. Yn nhermau swyddi yn unig, rydych yn 25% yn fwy tebygol o gael swydd gyda’r sgiliau hyn a byddwch yn ennill 10% yn fwy pan fyddwch yn y gwaith. Y we bellach yw ein prif lwybr i gael mynediad i addysg, adloniant a gwybodaeth, ac mae bod â’r sgiliau hyn yn rhoi manteision neilltuol o gryf i bobl hŷn sydd â’u teulu neu eu hanwyliaid yn byw ymhell neu lle gall symudedd fod yn broblem. I’n helpu i gyflwyno’r achos economaidd a moesol diymwad yma i wthio am fwy o allu digidol yn eich sefydliadau ac ymysg eich tenantiaid, rydym wedi ymuno

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gyda nifer o landlordiaid cymdeithasol eraill y Deyrnas Unedig, yn cynnwys nifer o gymdeithasau tai yng Nghymru fel Cymru fel Tai Taf a Cymoedd i Arfordir i gael gafael iawn ar yr enillion economaidd a chymdeithasol. Rydym yn gwthio am gynnydd drwy’r gweithgor yma, a chredwn y medrwn wneud camau breision tuag at sector mwy galluog yn ddigidol a phoblogaeth o denantiaid gyda sgiliau digidol yn syth. Ymwelwch â’n gwefan i gael gwybodaeth ar ddulliau hyfforddi anffurfiol, deliau caledwedd ansawdd uchel a rhad iawn ac, i gymdeithasau tai sydd hefyd yn elusennau, wybodaeth ar asiantaethau meddalwedd cost isel fel CTT a grwpiau ymgynghori pro‐ bono fel iT4Communities. Medrwch hefyd ymuno neu gael cefnogaeth ein rhwydwaith cenedlaethol o 100,000 o ‘hyrwyddwyr digidol’, yn cynnwys Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru a nifer o gymdeithasau tai Cymru. Bydd llawer ohonynt yn cynnal digwyddiadau arbennig i gefnogi ymgyrch enfawr ‘Go ON Give an Hour’ dan arweiniad y BBC yn gofyn i bobl gyfrannu awr ychwanegol pan aiff y clociau’n ôl yn yr hydref eleni i ysbrydoli, annog a chefnogi pobl yn eu cymuned i gymryd eu camau cyntaf ar‐lein. Bydd cannoedd o filoedd o bobl yn cynnal digwyddiadau ym mhob rhan o’r wlad ‐ byddem wrth ein bodd pe byddai’r sector tai yng Nghymru yn eu plith.” Mae mwy o wybodaeth am Raceonline ar gael yn: www.raceonline2012.org Martha Lane Fox Hyrwyddwr Cynhwysiant Digidol y Deyrnas Unedig


NEWYDDION YN GRYNO

Adolygiad o’r Gynhadledd Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus

Bu dros 40 o gynrychiolwyr yn bresennol yng nghynhadledd Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus a Chyfathrebu CHC fis diwethaf. Dan bennawd 3 yn rhif hud, gosododd y cynrychiolwyr dri amcan i’w hunain ar ddechrau’r dydd, clywed tair neges allweddol gan bob siaradwr, mynychu tair sesiwn ryngweithiol, cael tair egwyl i lofnodi ar gyfer cymorthfeydd un‐i‐un a chael tri phwynt gweithredu i fynd adref gyda hwy ar ddiwedd y gynhadledd. Gofynnwyd iddynt hefyd feddwl am dri gair y byddent yn eu defnyddio i ddisgrifio eu tenantiaid a thri gair y byddai eraill yn eu defnyddio i ddisgrifio eu tenantiaid ac yna edrych ar gyfweliadau cyfryngau cymdeithasol i weld os oedd eu canfyddiadau mewn gwirionedd yn cyfateb! Ar ôl cyfres o rwydweithio cyflym, rhoddodd Cerianne Goddard, sy’n denant i Gymdeithas Tai Cadwyn, gyflwyniad onest a wnaeth i bawb feddwl sut beth yw hi i fod yn denant cymdeithas tai. Roedd nifer o siaradwyr yn dilyn Cerianne yn cynnwys cynrychiolwyr o MacMillan Cancer Care, Donate Wales, Positif Politics a Zork sellers, the Creative Thinking Company, ynghyd â phanel cyfryngau o newyddiadurwyr o The Guardian, Inside Housing, BBC Cymru/Wales a’r Western Mail. Mae holl gyflwyniadau’r dydd ar gael ar wefan CHC: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//events/past‐events/

Diweddariad ar garthffosydd a draeniau Cynhaliodd CHC a Dŵr Cymru ddau ddigwyddiad rhanbarthol fis diwethaf i drafod a chyfathrebu’r canllawiau gweithredol y byddai aelodau CHC a Dŵr Cymru yn eu defnyddio ar ôl trosglwyddo carthffosydd preifat a draeniau ochrol a ddaeth i rym ar 1 Hydref. Lluniwyd y canllawiau gweithredol gan weithgor yn cynnwys Cartrefi RhCT, Cymoedd i Arfordir, Wales & West, Cartrefi Conwy, Bron Afon, Tai Ceredigion a Coastal Housing ynghyd â chynrychiolwyr o dimau gweithredoli a chanolfan alwadau Dŵr Cymru. Mae’r canllawiau ar gael ar wefan Cartrefi Cymunedol: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final//key‐issues/ private‐sewers‐and‐drains.cfm

Ail‐lansio Rhaglen Hyrwyddwyr Systemau Darbodus Ymunwch â’’r Rhaglen Hyrwyddwyr Systemau Darbodus fis Tachwedd eleni a dechrau ar daith o arloesi, gwelliant parhaus, gwella perfformiad ac effeithiolrwydd. Dros 9 mis bydd cyfranogwyr yn datblygu dull gweithredu Systemau Darbodus at eu problemau penodol a chyfleoedd yn defnyddio dull LIMS©. Bydd y gefnogaeth ar y safle yn cynnwys sesiwn wybodaeth i ‘r tîm uwch reoli, gweithio gyda staff a thimau rheoli i ddatblygu datrysiadau a hyfforddiant ar gyfer hyrwyddwyr. Mae’r cwrs yn cynnwys: • 6 gweithdy hyrwyddwyr yn cyfuno damcaniaeth, dysgu grŵp a thrafodaeth. • 4 diwrnod cefnogi ymarferwyr yn gweithio ar eich prosiect darbodus. • 6 mis o hyfforddiant i Hywyddwyr. Bydd Blue Sky Business Solutions Limited yn defnyddio cyllid Llywodraeth Cymru ar gyfer cymdeithasau sy’n cyflogi llai na 250 o bobl ‐ y prisiau yw £5711 ar gyfer 1 hyrwyddwr a £6010 i 2 yn cynnwys TAW. Daw hyrwyddwyr ac aelodau tîm staff yn ymgynghorwyr mewnol ac asiantau newid, a gwneud i bethau ddigwydd. Cewch eich cefnogi i ddatrys problemau penodol i’ch sefydliad drwy gyfres o weithdai dysgu, gwaith prosiect a hyfforddi a hwyluso proffesiynol ar‐safle. Sefydliadau hyrwyddo'r llynedd oedd Tai Merthyr, Tai Taf, Cymdeithas Tai Canolbarth Cymru, Cymdeithas Tai Eryri, Grŵp Tai Cymunedol Cynon Taf a Cartrefi Cymunedol Cymru. Ydych chi’n barod i ymuno â’r rhwydwaith cynyddol? I gael mwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â: info@theimprovementconsultancy.co.uk yn y lle cyntaf neu Jennifer‐horton@chcymru.org.uk

Diweddariad ar renti Cyflwynodd CHC ymateb i ymgynghoriad Llywodraeth Cymru ar renti a hefyd gwrdd gyda Huw Lewis AC a Jane Hutt AC fis diwethaf i drafod mater rhenti cynaliadwy ac addewid y sector i fuddsoddi £250m arall yn yr economi ac adeiladu 1,500 o gartrefi eraill heb gymorth grant os ceir polisi rhenti teg a pharhau â’r bartneriaeth adeiladol gyda Llywodraeth Cymru yn ystod cyfnod 2011‐15.

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ADFYWIO

Diweddariad ar CREW Bu Canolfan Rhagoriaeth Adfywio Cymru (CREW) yn brysur yn ystod yr haf yn paratoi ymatebion i ddau ymgynghoriad gan Lywodraeth Cymru.

Y cyntaf yw ymchwiliad y Pwyllgor Menter a Busnes i adfywio canol trefi. Mae canol trefi economaidd a chymdeithasol hyfyw yn rhan hanfodol o economi llwyddiannus yng Nghymru ac mae datblygu ‘dewislen estynedig’ aml‐ddefnydd o weithgareddau yng nghanol ein trefi yn rhoi cyfleoedd i gystadlu gyda’r profiad dysgu ‘allan o’r dref’ a chynnydd mewn gwerthu ar y rhyngrwyd. Mae ymateb llawn CREW i’r Ymchwiliad ar gael yn www.regenwales.org. Ymatebodd CREW hefyd i’r ymgynghoriad ar ddyfodol Cymunedau yn Gyntaf. Yn ogystal â datblygu ei ymateb ei hun, mae CREW hefyd yn datblygu ymateb ar y cyd gyda Chyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru a Datblygu Cymunedol Cymru. Mae’r sefydliadau hyn wedi hyrwyddo cydnabyddiaeth o ‘ganolbwyntiau cymunedol’ yng Nghymru i arddangos eu cyfraniad hollbwysig i gyflenwi gwasanaethau a chyfleoedd yn rhai o’r cymunedau mwyaf amddifadus yng Nghymru. Medrwch ddarllen yr astudiaethau achos ac ymateb CREW a’r cyd‐ymateb yn www.regenwales.org. Rydym yn falch iawn i groesawu naw o fyfyrwyr o Ganolfan Astudiaethau Tir Llwyd (CBS), Prifysgol Talaith Efrog Newydd. Mae CREW yn cynnal eu modiwl astudio tramor ym mlwyddyn olaf eu rhaglen radd. Deuant â gwybodaeth o ddulliau ‘ailbwrpasu diwydiannol’ a arloeswyd yn CBS sy’n cysylltu adfywio gwledig gyda marchnadoedd bwyd trefol.

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“Cynhaliodd CREW astudiaethau achos ar bedwar canolbwynt cymunedol yng Nghymru i ddangos eu cyfraniad hollbwysig yn darparu gwasanaethau a chyfleoedd i rai o’r cymunedau mwyaf amddifadus yng Nghymru.

Mewn cylch cynaliadwy, mae ffermwyr yn tyfu cnwd helyg a thynnir yr ethanol ohono mewn hen safleoedd diwydiannol. Gwerthir yr ethanol fel bio‐danwydd ac aiff y sglodion pren sydd ar ôl i foeleri bio‐mas yn gysylltiedig gyda thai gwydr maint diwydiannol. Y cynnyrch ofaf yw cnydau salad gwerth uchel ar gyfer archfarchnadoedd a bwytai. Mae’r myfyrwyr yn dynodi safloedd posibl yn Ne Ddwyrain Cymru.

Dave Adamson Prif Weithredydd CREW


POLISI

Diweddariad Rheoleiddio Mae CHC yn parhau i gwrdd gyda’r Rheoleiddiwr i sicrhau y caiff y fframwaith rheoleddio newydd ar gyfer cymdeithasau tai yng Nghymru ei weithredu’n effeithiol. Bydd sicrhau y gall cymdeithasau arddangos eu hymrwymiad i’r egwyddorion sy’n sylfaen i’r fframwaith yn hollbwysig wrth gadw: • Hyder benthycwyr • Hyder Llywodraeth Cymru, ac • Yn y pen draw, enw da'r holl sector I gefnogi’r sector yn yr amgylchedd newydd mae Cartrefi Cymunedol yn cynnig amrediad o wasanaethau i aelodau. Mae mwy o fanylion am hyn ym mwletin rheoleiddio Cartrefi Cymunedol: www.chcymru.org.uk/chc_dev_final/key‐issues/ accountability‐governance‐and‐equality/en/regulation.cfm Bwriad y bwletin yw: • Cadarnhau negeseuon ac egwyddorion allweddol y fframwaith newydd • Amlinellu prif elfennau’r fframwaith • Ailategu disgwyliadau’r sector yng nghyswllt Hunanasesiad, y Canlyniadau Cyflenwi ac Asesiad Rheoleiddiol • Egluro materion yn ymwneud â chyhoeddi asesiadau • Sôn am y gefnogaeth sydd ar gael gan CHC Bydd Llywodraeth Cymru hefyd yn cyhoeddi cylchlythyr yn diweddaru’r sector ar amrywiaeth o faterion cyfoes, yn cynnwys datblygiadau am: • • • • •

Cyhoeddi’r fframwaith rheoleiddiol cyffredinol Rhan 2 y Mesur Cyhoeddi dyfarniadau rheoleiddiol Asesiadau rheoleiddio Materion staffio a galluedd

Bydd hyn ar gael yn ystod yr hydref.

‘Medrwch ddofi syniadau gwyllt, ond mae’n anodd gwneud syniadau dof yn gyffrous’ Fi yw Peter Griffiths, Uwch Reolydd Rheoleiddio Dwyrain Cymru, ac rwy’n falch iawn i fod wedi croesi’r ffin o Loegr! Cefais fy magu yn Handsworth, Birmingham ac yno hefyd y cefais fy swydd gyntaf. Ymunais ag ymddiriedolaeth tai fel bachgen 16 oed naïf a gredai fod tai cymdeithasol yn dasg syml o wneud rhyw ychydig o waith trwsio yma ac acw a chasglu rhent... ac rwyf wedi aros yn y maes tai byth ers hynny, oherwydd i mi ddysgu cymaint (am mor anghywir yr oeddwn!). Ers hynny rwyf wedi gweithio i nifer o gymdeithasau tai yng nghanol Lloegr a dau awdurdod lleol, mewn gwasanaethau landlord a digartrefedd a hefyd gyngor tai. Ymunais â Chomisiwn Archwilio Lloegr yn 2003 fel Arolygydd Tai, cyn i bolisi llywodraeth olygu diwedd arolygiadau’n gynharach eleni. Rwyf wrth fy modd gydag arloesedd a gwneud pethau’n wahanol; fe wnaeth cyngor rheolydd blaenorol y ‘medrwch ddofi syniadau gwyllt ond mae’n anodd gwneud syniadau dof yn gyffrous’ wirioneddol daro tant gyda fi felly rwy’n meddwl ‘saethau coch’ a medrech chi ddweud wrthyf y gallai tân gwyllt fod yn realistig! Rwy’n credu na fedrwch gael popeth yn iawn y tro cyntaf, bob tro a bod dysgu o gamgymeriadau, adborth tenantiaid a phrofiadau pobl eraill yn rhan bwysig o’r daith gwella parhaus. Mae’r amgylchedd presennol yn llawn her ‐ yr economi a’r gostyngiad mewn gwariant cyhoeddus, fforddiadwyedd, galw cynyddol a diwygio lles ‐ ynghyd â sicrhau canlyniadau cyflenwi cryf ‐ i enwi ond rhai. Fodd bynnag, mae hyn hefyd yn rhoi cyfleoedd i’r sector arddangos ei gallu i arloesi, i arwain wrth hybu partneriaethau, cynlluniau a datrysiadau a bod ar flaen y gad mewn datblygu cymunedol. Caf fy ngyrru gan y potensial i wneud gwahaniaeth a helpu i wella canlyniadau i bawb yn y gymuned ‐ edrychaf ymlaen at gydweithio gyda chi i wneud hynny. Peter Griffiths Uwch Rheolydd Rheoleiddio, Llywodraeth Cymru

Amanda Oliver Pennaeth Polisi ac Ymchwil

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DIGWYDDIADAU

Cynadleddau: TACHWEDD 2011

MAWRTH 2012

24/25

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Cynhadledd Flynyddol Gwesty Hilton CAERDYDD

Cynhadledd Cynhwysiant Ariannol Neuadd San Pedr CAERDYDD

Cyrsiau Hyfforddiant: TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

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Employment Law Essentials GOGLEDD CYMRU

Welfare Benefits Overview CAERDYDD

NEW TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

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Employment Law Essentials CAERDYDD

Understanding Statutory requirements GOGLEDD CYMRU

Understanding Statutory requirements CAERDYDD

Good Governance in an era of Co‐Regulation CAERDYDD

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NEW

NEW TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

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Avoiding Ostrich Syndrome GOGLEDD CYMRU

Customer Services Excellence in Housing CAERDYDD

Monitoring Performance and the role of Scrutiny CAERDYDD

Monitoring Performance and the role of Scrutiny GOGLEDD CYMRU

NEW TACHWEDD 2011

TACHWEDD 2011

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Housing Benefit for Social Housing Staff CAERDYDD

Avoiding Ostrich Syndrome CAERDYDD

NEW I gael mwy o wybodaeth am ein cynadleddau, cysylltwch â rhian‐robinson@chcymru.org.uk os gwelwch yn dda. I gael mwy o wybodaeth am ein cyrsiau hyfforddiant, cysylltwch â jenny‐horton@chcymru.org.uk os gwelwch yn dda.

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Ydych chi wedi archebu eich lle yn y Gynhadledd Flynyddol ar 24/25 Tachwedd? Gyda CHC yn dechrau ar ‘Sgwrs’ gyda’i aelodau i ddynodi’r heriau sy’n ein hwynebu, y gynhadledd yma fydd y cyfle cyntaf i aelodau drafod y prif ganfyddiadau o’r ymchwil. Mae’r siaradwyr yn cynnwys Huw Lewis AC; Dafydd Elis‐Thomas AC; Dr Andrew Goodall; Nick Bennett; Peter Cahill; Pete Cohen, hyfforddydd busnes proffesiynol; a Richard Parks, cyn chwaraewr rygbi rhyngwladol Cymru (gwahoddwyd).

I gael yr wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ein holl ddigwyddiadau a chyrsiau hyfforddiant, dilynwch ar Twitter @CHCEvents

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Cartref, October/November 2011  

Community Housing Cymru's bi-monthly magazine for members.

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