Serious concerns have been raised, following the Welsh Government’s decision to deliver a real-terms cut to a crucial support grant.
The Housing Support Grant, which more than 60,000 people across Wales rely on, provides vital support for those facing societal problems, including employment and tenancy.
But, according to the Welsh Government’s final Budget, the grant will now see a real-terms cut.
Peter Fox, the Member of the Senedd for Monmouth, has voiced his concerns following this shocking revelation, saying:
“The decision of the Welsh Labour Government, in its Final Budget, to deliver a real-terms cut to this grant has unsurprisingly sent shock waves through the third sector. I have liaised with charity POBL who is equally concerned.
“The charity had warned the Welsh Government that it was crucial that the Housing Support Grant be financially increased because homelessness and housing support services are already facing a -10.1% increase in costs this year.
“But the Welsh Government has sadly chosen not to listen.
“The charity has also told me that some essential housing support and homelessness services are now under threat from closure. We must do everything we can to prevent this potential catastrophe from materalising.”