Row looms in Wales over homelessness

    Local authorities and housing charities look set to clash over the
    future direction of homelessness policies in Wales.

    The Welsh Local Government Association wants the number of targets
    included under the Welsh assembly’s national homelessness strategy
    to be significantly reduced to simplify the issue among councillors
    and focus their attention.

    Craig Mitchell, policy officer at the WLGA, said: “There are 24
    targets and it is difficult to meet all of them. It causes
    confusion [for councils] on where to prioritise.”

    However, Joy Kent, director at housing charity Cymorth Cymru,
    warned that the danger of getting rid of some targets was that
    those areas could be forgotten by councils.

    She said: “It is good for a national strategy to include everything
    and for councils to prioritise from there, depending on local
    needs. I believe it would be wrong for the national strategy to
    limit the number of possible priorities.”

    Consultants are reviewing the two-year-old strategy for the
    assembly.

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