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Cymorth responds to National Rough Sleeping Count

An estimated 405 people were sleeping rough across Wales during a two week period, according to the Welsh Government's latest National Rough Sleeper Count. Conducted over a two week period in October 2019, this information gathering exercise showed an increase of 17% compared to 2018.

The full report can be found here.

Responding to the National Rough Sleeping Count figures, Cymorth Cymru Director Katie Dalton said:

“Although this data has its limitations, it is nevertheless concerning to see the largest year on year increase in rough sleeping since the two week count began.

“We are heartened by the Welsh Government’s response to the recent Homelessness Action Group report on rough sleeping and hope that sustained efforts locally and nationally will see the figures reduce in future years.

"However, we urge Ministers to take action this month and increase the Housing Support Grant in their final budget for 2020/21. Services are working incredibly hard to support people experiencing homelessness but have faced real term cuts of more than £37million since 2012.

“With the next Homelessness Action Group report due in the coming weeks, the Welsh Government must show strong leadership in devolved areas, increase funding for housing and support services in their final budget on 25th February, and deliver bold cross-government action to prevent and end homelessness.

“At the same time, the UK Government must take responsibility and tackle the structural issues that push people into homelessness, such as austerity and harmful welfare policies.”

 

In December 2019, Cymorth Cymru, Community Housing Cymru and Welsh Women’s Aid published a joint report ‘Housing Matters’ which showed that the Housing Support Grant (formerly Supporting People) budget has faced real term cuts of over £37million since 2012. The report called on the Welsh Government to increase the Housing Support Grant in their budget for 2020/21. Unfortunately the Welsh Government’s draft budget showed a cash flat settlement, which is a cut in real terms.

It is important to note that the count occurred before the Homelessness Action Group’s recommendations were implemented, and we are aware of investment and activity by Welsh Government and local authorities in the following weeks to deliver training, to establish or enhance assertive outreach services, and to provide additional accommodation.

The Homelessness Action Group’s second report on a framework of policies, approaches and plans needed to end homelessness in Wales will be published in March.

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