The Government needs to “stop dithering” and triple land transaction tax if it is to tackle the housing crisis, an MS has said.

Campaigners are set to step up a gear in their fight against holiday homes following a number of demonstrations held across Gwynedd in recent months.

On Saturday, hundreds joined a protest at Tryweryn against second homes which are seen to be depriving local people of homes in their own communities.

Speaking exclusively to The National, Dwyfor Meirionnydd MS, Mabon ap Gwynfor, demanded the Welsh Government act immediately to slow and reverse the growth in the number of holiday homes in Wales.

Mr Ap Gwynfor felt that a tripling of the land transaction tax would stunt the demand for second homes.

He said: “We need to see government take action, we know they can take action without new legislation.

"They can close the loophole that means some second home owners can transfer their properties over to being a business and avoid council tax.

“They could increase the land transaction tax, last year they increased it by one per cent.

"The stats out last week clearly show that didn’t work, it’s not enough to discourage people from buying second homes.

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"The Welsh Government should look to increase land transaction tax, significantly and immediately. We would like to see them triple it.

“They can do that straight away, they need to stop dithering, there is no need for consultation or pilots. In the face of a crisis people need to act.”

Data from the Welsh Revenue Authority shows that 44 per cent of the properties sold in Dwyfor Meirionydd in 2020-21 were classified as higher rates – the majority of which would have been sold as second homes.

The statistics also show that Dwyfor Meirionydd contributed the most in land transaction tax to the Welsh treasury coffers due to the high number of sales from higher rates properties, followed by Ynys Môn and Gower.

Recent figures show that almost half of properties sold in Gwynedd were sold to be holiday homes.

Campaigners will take their protests to Cardiff Bay in November to demonstrate outside the Senedd.

Mabli Siriol Jones, chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith said: “On Saturday over a thousand people turned out to Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s rally demanding that the government take urgent and radical action to give local communities control over the housing market and ensure a home for everyone, in their community.

"We will be holding another rally outside the Senedd in Cardiff on November 13th to take the message to our elected politicians and demand action.

"We have been inspired and energised by the support this campaign has received so far and we know that when we work together, we win.

"The message is clear - Wales is not for sale. It’s time for the Government to listen.”

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