The Wasting Mule reports largely using the Party's press release (so you can also read it here) that
Hundreds of homeless families and individuals in Wales – including pregnant women – are being put up in bed and breakfast accommodation and Plaid Cymru has warned the plight will worsen after bedroom tax is introduced.
An investigation by the office of Plaid leader Leanne Wood using the Freedom of Information Act has discovered the widespread use of B&Bs, with only the Cardiff and Ceredigion local authorities not using them.
In June 2011 Ms Wood raised the issue of the use of temporary accommodation directly with the then Housing Minister Huw Lewis, highlighting the unsuitability and cost of using temporary accommodation. The Minister promised to stop the use of temporary accommodation.
Figures obtained from local authorities show that in, for example, Bridgend – whose AM is First Minister Carwyn Jones – 125 households were placed in B&Bs between April 1 and December 31 last year.
Many homeless people are not being housed in their home areas – some, for instance, from Merthyr Tydfil have been housed in Newport while border counties like Flintshire, Wrexham and Monmouthshire have used B&Bs in Chester and Gloucestershire respectively.
Plaid Cymru has also discovered that the B&B accommodation for a family can cost up to £420 a week, with daily rates of up to £90 for a double room.
Ms Wood said: “More than 1,000 cases of families and individuals being housed in B&B accommodation in Wales between April and December 31, 2012, is an unacceptably high number. Housing children and pregnant women especially in B&Bs is unsuitable and it is a practice which should be stopped