Plaid Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to adopt a ‘no-eviction’ policy for people struggling to cope with the financial burden of the bedroom tax.
The Party of Wales has called on the minority Government to follow the example shown by the SNP Government in Scotland which has pledged to give security of tenancy to those unable to cope with the spare room subsidy policy of the Westminster coalition.
Plaid Cymru’s position coincides with research by the TUC which revealed one in three households are behind in rent payments since the advent of the bedroom tax which, as Plaid Cymru previously warned, could potentially lead to a homelessness crisis by Christmas.
The TUC’s figures – obtained through Freedom of Information requests – follow a series of damning revelations about the insidious effects of the bedroom tax including those recently revealed by the Party of Wales that grants for Discretionary Housing Payments are up substantially.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:
“The UK Government has pursued a cruel policy aimed at the poor and disabled. These recent statistics reflect our greatest fears that a homelessness time bomb is ticking.
“With the nights’ drawing in and temperatures dropping we can expect further pressures on the finances of those on low incomes.
“Coupled with the additional financial pressures that come with the festive period, this winter could prove particularly severe for thousands of families. Too many people are being pushed to breaking point.”
Party of Wales Housing spokesperson Jocelyn Davies added:
“Despite all the indicators pointing to a crisis, the UK Government continues to pursue an ideologically driven-agenda that in the end will lead to increased demand on public services. Not only is the bedroom tax immoral, it will prove financially costly too.
“The Welsh Government and local authorities must now adopt a ‘no eviction’ policy for those who are suffering at the hands of the bedroom tax.”