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WELSH HOMELESS FIGURE HITS RECORD LEVEL

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The number of homeless households in Wales is at a record level, according to the latest Welsh Office figures. ...
The number of homeless households in Wales is at a record level, according to the latest Welsh Office figures.

Welsh Housing Statistics 1993, published last week, says 10,270 households were accepted as homeless last year, compared with 9,843 in 1991.

This means homelessness in Wales has more than doubled since 1979 and now includes almost 1% of Welsh households.

The total number of people accepted as homeless fell by around 900 to 23,169, after a jump of more than 4,000 between 1990 and 1991. In other words, the average size of homeless households has fallen between 1991 and 1992.

But the number was an increase of more than 10,000 on 1979 figures. Councils completed 133 new homes in 1992, compared with 418 the previous year and 3,493 in 1980.

In total the private sector, housing associations, councils and new towns completed 9,644 homes in 1992, continuing a steady decline from 11,575 in 1989.

Commenting on the report, Welsh Housing Minister Gwilym Jones said: 'These statistics show that we continue to make very good progress in increasing housing provision in Wales, creating greater diversity and choice'.

He said renovation grants had increased by more than half to £150 million.The statistics show home ownership has increased to 71% of the housing stock, compared with 68% for the whole of Britain.

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