I had an opportunity this week to question the Minister for Housing and Local Government on the discussions she has had with local authorities following the publication of the independent review into housing. Under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, local authorities have a duty to find accommodation for people who are, or are at risk of being, homeless, but there’s no limit on how long that should take. Whilst I understand it is often a difficult position for local authorities who simply do not have the provision, it seems mad that people’s lives are being put effectively on hold for so long, when all they’re asking for is a permanent place of residence.

The Minister was right that the main solution to this problem is housing supply, but as always its unclear where the money needed for such supply will come from.

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