Saturday, 3 October 2009

Released Prisoners and Priority Housing.

Readers will recall my previous blog, Ghettos on the subject of released prisoners being provided with priority housing under the Homeless Persons (Priority Need) (Wales) Order 2001. Below is a list of Homelessness Acceptances for all Local Authorities in Wales from the implementation date of this legislation, 1st April 2001 to the 30th March 2009 (FOIA request)

What strikes me in these figures is the high percentage of Prisoners Homeless Acceptances in Local Authorities along the border such as Newport which begs the question are we in Wales being used as a dumping ground for released prisoners from across the border who have tenuos local connections. No doubt it would be an interesting exercise to ascertain how many of those 5,255 individuals had addresses outside Wales when they were sentenced to imprisonment?

3 comments:

Plaid Whitegate said...

Good point and interesting to note that Bridgend, which houses a big prison, has a relatively low number of prisoners registering as homeless.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

What about Conwy and Denbighshire both high, may reflect the number of HMO's in Rhyl and Colwyn Bay.

Anonymous said...

Or it may be the number of scousers there