Campaigns Wales

RLA Wales scoops gold

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

RLA Wales has had a busy year, with the Welsh Assembly elections and the introduction of the Rent Smart Wales registration and licensing scheme.

And as 2016 comes to close the team in Wales has been richly rewarded for its campaigning work as part of the Homes for Wales coalition.

The RLA was instrumental in setting up the coalition, made up of representatives from across the housing sector coming together to push the housing issue up the political agenda in a bid to end the country’s housing crisis.

From the Homes for Wales Rally to hustings across Wales, including a key event in Cardiff with the then Housing Minister, the high profile campaigning work saw the coalition nominated for five awards at three different ceremonies.

It scooped Gold at the Charted Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) awards for the best public affairs campaign and was also nominated for;

  • Best Not-For-Profit campaign – CIPR Wales
  • Best collaborative campaign – Charted Institute of Housing Awards
  • Best Campaign in Wales – UK Public Affairs Awards
  • Best Local Government Campaign – UK Public Affairs Awards

RLA Wales Director Douglas Haig has congratulated the team, and said the RLA is looking forward to building on its success in 2017.

He said: “It’s fantastic that the work we’ve done here in Wales with the Homes for Wales coalition is being recognised, at a local and UK level.

“The coalition has already achieved a lot, but there remains more work to be done to solve the housing crisis in Wales.

“We want to see the coalition go from strength to strength, working with whole housing sector to put forward sensible solutions to help solve the crisis together.”

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.


  • What on earth are these awards that you are so proud of in Wales and you are so busy congratulating yourselves? They have made NO DIFFERENCE TO EITHER LANDLORDS OR TENANTS. You have not done anything to stop the ridiculous rules of Rent Smart Wales, and you have not bothered to answer my last email. Unless things change I really wish I had not enrolled as a member. I would like an answer please plus another answer to my last email which no one has bothered to reply to.

    • Hi Beryl,

      I’ve had a conversation with my colleagues in the Wales office this morning, I can confirm that we have received your email and they have said they responded to your email last week. You might want to check your spam filters as sometimes emails get caught in there.

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