Wales applies legal duty rules to help the intentionally homeless

Welsh councils now working to wider vulnerability thresholds.


Council in Wales now have a legal duty to provide vulnerable people who become intentionally homeless with accommodation, under new rules coming into force today (2nd Dec).

Under the provisions contained in the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, additional safeguards are now in place for some vulnerable households, including those with pregnant women, children, and certain young people.

“Latest figures show just over 200 people reported being intentionally homeless in the last year,” said llywodraeth Cymru housing minister Julie James.

“Some of these households will have young and vulnerable members, and the commencement of the new provisions today will offer additional protection for them.

“It also helps to ensure some of our most vulnerable citizens are provided with the additional help they may need in order to help them find and retain suitable accommodation,” she said.

Over the last five years, Wales has seen a significant fall in the numbers of intentionally homeless.

The new rules are said to reinforce the strategic approach of Llywodraeth Cymru to prevention, helping to ensure the most vulnerable citizens a have the additional help they may need to find and retain suitable accommodation.

And the commencement is in line with the llywodraeth Cymru ministers’ commitment to have due regard to the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2014/15, there were 515 intentionality decisions made, down from 605 in 2013/14.

The latest data for 2018/19 reported 201 households were found intentionally homeless across Wales.

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