Homelessness drops in Wales

  • Official statistics have revealed that the number of households presenting themselves as homeless in Wales has fallen. Graph Line: Up And Down 64

    Welsh government numbers for the first fiscal quarter of 2014/15 shows that 1,255 households were accepted as homeless, whereas last year there were 1,360 which is an 8% drop, reports Inside Housing.

    Along with this the number of decisions made on homeless applications had dropped by 14% compared to the previous year. The number of households in bed and breakfast accommodation is at its lowest since 2002 with only 175 households in this type of accommodation.

    Jennie Bibbings, policy and research manager at homelessness charity Shelter Cymru, said: "It's interesting that there's been a drop in homeless duty but also a drop in applications for homelessness. We've had a trend over the last couple of years of households accepted as homeless being down, but applications being as high as they ever were or if not even higher. And a lot of people were being found not homeless or not eligible for assistance."

    She believed the fall might partly be do with prevention work, which will become a statutory duty from next year as part of the Housing (Wales) Act. "So councils may be preparing for this now" she explained.

    Ms Bibbings also pointed out that the statistics were just one quarter of data for the year so did not believe it was yet possible to say whether the "tide is turning on homelessness".

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