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Concern over rise in homelessness

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 22, 2011

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RISING homeless rates have sparked fresh concern about changes to the benefits system.

Plaid Cymru is warning that changes made by the Westminster Government in April has worsened the situation, and will continue to have far-reaching effects for Wales, polarising demographics from area to area.

A party spokesman said the UK Government's decision to slash the available benefits meant hundreds of Welsh families no longer received benefits to help them cover the cost of rent, meaning more and more families will be unable to keep their homes and left homeless.

Carmarthenshire Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards said: "The latest figures show the devastating impact the economic challenges are having on Welsh families with little sign of improving.

"Sadly, Carmarthenshire has found itself with the highest rate of homeless acceptances in the past few months.

"There can be no doubt that Conservative and Lib Dem policies are having a devastating effect on our communities."

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  • roddiwazi  |  December 27 2011, 7:08PM

    I believe that the WAG are genuinely doing their best on this issue, ultimately their hands are tied because the Tories in Westminster control the purse strings, blaming minorites is a diversion and used by people with a different agenda

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  • roddiwazi  |  December 27 2011, 3:22PM

    what about that Greek or is he German, not sure but hes been recieving benefits for the past 60 years, has had the run of the best council houses, 4 kids all on benefits and now he's a burden on the NHS, you couldn't make it up!

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  • geffodog  |  December 26 2011, 12:51PM

    plaid cymru you started this thread,well finish it then! come on here and tell us what your going to do about welsh families losing their homes while the polish lithuanian and also romanian community are in council properties costing around £80 a week and also private property up tp £140 a week,yes some are working,but a lot are not when are the young welsh families going to be looked after?half these mobility allowance people are on benefits too and have NEVER paid tax or stamp, iv paid my stamp and income tax for 32 years and cant get no benefits at all,what is going on?

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  • trunkles3  |  December 26 2011, 11:49AM

    Housing Association residents can buy their homes. Great idea, as it takes homes away from the low paid, you know - those who are getting a kicking from the tories, whilst the people who did put us in this mess are still receiving bonuses and not paying their tax.

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  • odinhouse  |  December 26 2011, 11:39AM

    DON'T Know what happened to my 1st E-Mail,, just went off with out finishing it off,, , "Well you can blame the Tories back in the Eight's for selling OFF the council Home's, the idea was OK ,, But what they should have done was to put the Money back in to the hands of the councils to Build more homes, then they could have Rented them out for say 10years and them sell them on and and build more, but No Thatcher and her Government wanted the money to prop up the Economy, now its the Housing association's are taking over, and that means people can't buy their homes after a long time living in them.....

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  • odinhouse  |  December 26 2011, 11:34AM

    Well you can blame the Tories back in the Eight's for selling OFF the council Home's, the idea was OK ,, But what they should have done was to but the Money back in to the hands of the councils to Build more homes, then they could have Rented them out for say 10years and them sell them on and

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  • Jimmy_Blue  |  December 26 2011, 11:34AM

    This is a long overdue move by the Goverment. For too long people have turned down work because they're "better off on benefits". Well, now they'll have to pay their own way more there's less chance of that happening. When a perfectly fit and capable of working 24 year old receives £400 a month in housing benefits on top of their JSA and council tax then there's something badly wrong with the system. Anyone who works and contributes for a living should support this move.

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  • trunkles3  |  December 26 2011, 11:03AM

    Will The Post be covering this forthcoming 'handbags at dawn' showdown ?

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  • williamwaun  |  December 24 2011, 10:28PM

    weslangdon obviously geffodog can't answer your question he has got no evidence, that's why he gives verbal abuse. You must of hit a nerve.

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  • williamwaun  |  December 24 2011, 4:58PM

    The Polish go out and work and have family's to care for. I know many people that don't work and claiming benefits because they are addicted to drugs. Would rather a town full off polish than one full of people on benefits, these people don't contribute into society at all.

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