No evictions policy would save Wales money
The Party of Wales Shadow Housing Minister Jocelyn Davies today vowed that Plaid Cymru’s ‘no eviction’ policy would mean no-one in Wales is made homeless as a result of the bedroom tax.
She outlined how a no eviction policy will save the Welsh taxpayer money whilst protecting vulnerable families.
The Party of Wales has consistently opposed the bedroom tax which targets the poorest and most vulnerable families since well before its introduction. The party has uncovered damning evidence about the insidious effects of the bedroom tax, such as the substantial rise in households forced to claim Discretionary Housing Payments as a direct result of the tax.
Figures by Plaid Cymru suggest that covering families’ shortfall in rent caused by bedroom tax, along with the additional money allocated for Discretionary Housing Payments, would be more economical than evicting and re-housing families from social housing.
The Party of Wales Shadow Housing Minister Jocelyn Davies said:
“The bedroom tax is a cruel policy that has been widely discredited, and criticised by United Nations inspectors as being inhumane. While we have opposed it on every opportunity in Westminster, Plaid Cymru wants to minimise its impact on the people of Wales and so we are committing to a no eviction policy so that no one in Wales is made homeless.
“We can save thousands of families from the heartbreak of losing their homes by shifting our focus away from paying for the eviction and relocation of families, and instead prioritising efforts to help families meet the shortfall.
“It costs money to evict and rehouse families from social housing, so it’s perfectly possible to take another route - just as the SNP has in Scotland.
“Despite all indicators pointing to a crisis by Christmas, the Welsh Government has failed to take any action to protect the people of Wales from this cynical policy.
“Plaid Cymru’s proposals will protect families from the despair and grief that the bedroom tax has caused.”