Welsh Affairs Select Committee to hear evidence on the effect of second homes on the Welsh language

January 2024 | Arfor, Featured, Rural policy

The Welsh Affairs Select Committee in Westminster will hold a session to hear evidence from a variety of experts regarding the question of whether the increase in second homes in Wales has an effect on the Welsh language. The session is part of the Committee’s wider inquiry into population changes in Wales.

The session will be held on Wednesday 24 January at 10:00am and those who have an interest can follow what is said via live stream on Parliament TV.

Two panels will take part in the session. The first panel will focus on discussing the presence of second homes in certain areas of Wales, and the effect this and high levels of inward migration has on communities and local economies.

The second panel will look at how local services, including how local public transport influences population change.

The witnesses:

From 10.00:

  • Mark Harris, Planning & Policy Adviser for Wales, Home Builders Federation
  • Barry Rees MBE, Corporate Director, Ceredigion County Council
  • Ifan Glyn, Wales Director, Federation of Master Builders

From 11.00:

  • Ellie Fry, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Community Services, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
  • Paul Jones, Strategic Director: Environment and Sustainability, Newport City Council
  • Aaron Hill, Director, Confederation of Passenger Transport Cymru

You can learn more about the work of the Committee by following this link to their website.

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