Seven major Welsh charities have joined forces to condemn the Westminster government’s proposed cuts to housing benefit and local housing allowance.
Shelter Cymru, Community Housing Cymru, Mind Cymru, Citizens’ Advice Cymru, Gofal, Oxfam Cymru and Cymorth, together with the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Landlords Association, the Welsh Tenants Federation say that the cuts will have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable people in our society and contribute to homelessness, housing need and poverty.
The proposed changes were announced in the UK government’s emergency budget in June and further annoucnements are expected in the Comprehensive Spending Review, which will be published on 20 October.
We urgently call on the UK government to reconsider the cuts to housing benefit and local housing allowance, which will disproportionately affect those in greatest need, including homeless and vulnerable families, those in need of housing-related support, people with physical and mental health problems and children living in poverty, and lead to greater long-term economic and social costs for local authorities, housing associations and government in Wales.
The For Whose Benefit? petition to UK government was written by welshcharities and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.