Crisis backs Welsh Labour’s election manifesto

Proposals include that of raising local housing allowance so that housing benefit meets rental costs across the UK.

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Crisis has backed Welsh Labour’s election manifesto for its pledge to prevent and quickly relieve all forms of homelessness.

The manifesto, delivered by Welsh leader and First Minister, Mark Drakeford, underlines the pledges that UK Labour made last week, including raising the local housing allowance so that housing benefit meets people’s rental costs across the UK and scrapping the Vagrancy Act.

As reported by 24housing, Crisis also recently backed the Plaid Cymru election manifesto for its stance on social housing and ending homelessness in Wales as showing the way to Westminster.

The proposals reinforce the charities Crisis Everybody In plan to end all forms of homelessness – with pledges to build more social housing, adopt a Housing First approach, as well as addressing the gap between housing benefit and the cost of renting.

Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis said: “We’re delighted to see the Welsh Labour manifesto says that the party would like to prevent and quickly relieve all forms of homelessness.

“It’s good to see the manifesto underline the homelessness pledges that UK Labour made last week, including raising the local housing allowance so that housing benefit meets people’s rental costs across the UK and scrapping the Vagrancy Act to help ensure people on the street in England and Wales are given support rather than being moved on by police.

“Whoever forms the next government in Westminster has the power to put in place policies and approaches for the whole of Great Britain that can help end homelessness.

“The Homelessness Action Group that I chair for the Welsh Government has shown that some laws and policies made in Westminster can help or hinder efforts to tackle homelessness in Wales.

“We can end homelessness with the right government policies in place, so that everybody in our society can have the stability of a safe home.”

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