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.”