‘Successive Labour governments have failed to tackle the housing crisis’ – Peter Black AM

2011 Rhagfyr 20 4:13 PM

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing, has commented on Welsh Government figures showing the number of homeless households in Wales between July and September 2011 increased by 15 per cent on the same time last year.

Today's statistics also show the use of temporary accommodation has continued to increase since December 2009. At the end of September 2011, there were 2,695 households in temporary accommodation, an increase of 2 per cent on September 2010.

There was an increase of 29 per cent of households having to use bed and breakfast accommodation when compared to the same period last year.

Peter Black, Assembly Member for South Wales West, said:

"A staggering 1,845 households in Wales were categorised as homeless. Not only is this up 15% when compared to the same time in 2010, but it is an increase of 25% when compared to 2009.

"Homelessness levels are at their highest level since 2006, which is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed for a further £18 million to be spent on housing in the budget negotiations. The Welsh Labour government should now work with housing associations to bring in extra private finance so that even more affordable homes can be built. We need many more new homes built, but only last week figures showed there has been a lull in new house building. Over the last decade successive Labour governments have failed to provide enough homes for the people of Wales. Their housing legacy is that of failure resulting in a huge housing shortage.

"The stats show there is still a constant stream of bed-and-breakfast accommodation being used to house homeless families, including a 7% increase of families with children. The impact of temporary housing on the health of these families, both physically and mentally, can be devastating."

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