Labour in Cardiff Standing up to Welfare Cuts – Delivering Accommodation for Homeless Families

A recent report by the UN Special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston found that almost a decade of austerity and welfare cuts by the Westminster Government has resulted in a “shocking increase in the number of food banks and major increases in homelessness and rough sleeping”.
Labour in Cardiff Council are determined to stand up to the cuts and to help those impacted the most.
Temporary accommodation for homeless families has now been delivered to Bute Street. Fabricated shipping containers are on the former PDSA site and will be transformed to provide temporary homes for families until a more permanent housing solution can be found.
– A total of 20 shipping containers have been delivered. They will make up seven two-bedroom flats and six one-bedroom flats over two storeys.
– The homes will have the same comforts of a conventional home to support the health and well-being of residents.
– The two-bed units will have direct access to a fenced garden so children have a safe space to play and the first-floor one-bed units will all have a roof terrace and a front door.
The scheme is jointly funded by Cardiff Council and Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme.
Overall nearly 14 million, or 1 in 5, people in the UK are living in poverty, with 1.5 million of these experiencing destitution (meaning they are “unable to afford basic essentials”). Close to 40% of children are predicted to be living in poverty by 2021.

The Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights is available at https://bit.ly/2QgZmOz


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