Y PWYLLGOR CRAFFU - CYMUNEDAU

Dyddiad:23 TACHWEDD 2018

PWNC :

STRATEGAETH DDIGARTREFEDD RANBARTHOL

Y Pwrpas:

Mae dogfen y strategaeth yn amlinellu'r prif themâu a'r blaenoriaethau mewn perthynas â sut y bydd Sir Gaerfyrddin, Sir Benfro, Ceredigion a Phowys yn atal ac yn mynd i'r afael â digartrefedd yn ystod y blynyddoedd nesaf.

 

Ystyried y materion canlynol a chyflwyno sylwadau arnynt:

 

·           Argymell i’r Bwrdd Gweithredol cymeradwyo'r Strategaeth Ddigartrefedd Ranbarthol.

Y RHESYMAU:

·         Mae'n ofynnol i Awdurdodau Lleol yng Nghymru lunio strategaeth ddigartrefedd yn unol â Deddf Tai (Cymru) 2014;

·         Roedd y Bwrdd Gweithredol wedi cytuno o'r blaen i ddatblygu strategaeth ranbarthol gyda Cheredigion, Sir Benfro a Phowys;

·         Rydym wedi cynnal adolygiad o ddigartrefedd yn Sir Gaerfyrddin drwy ddadansoddi  data allweddol a thrwy ymgynghori â rhanddeiliaid allweddol; ac

·         Mae dogfen y strategaeth yn amlinellu cyfeiriad rhanbarthol sy'n nodi blaenoriaethau allweddol.

·         Llunio barn am faterion sydd i'w cyflwyno gerbron y Bwrdd Gweithredol/Cyngor i'w hystyried.

Angen cyfeirio'r mater at y Bwrdd Gweithredol / Cyngor er mwyn gwneud penderfyniad:     

Angen i'r Bwrdd Gweithredol wneud penderfyniad                                  -  Oes 17 Rhagfyr, 2018           

Angen i'r Cyngor wneud penderfyniad                                                         -   Oes – 9 Ionawr, 2019

 

 

 

 

Yr Aelod o'r Bwrdd Gweithredol sy'n dal y Portffolio:  

Y Cynghorydd Linda Evans (Deiliad y Portffolio Tai)

 

 

 

 

Y Gyfarwyddiaeth

Cymunedau

Enw Pennaeth y Gwasanaeth:

Jonathan Morgan

 

Awdur yr Adroddiad:

Jonathan Willis

Swydd:

 

Pennaeth Dros Dro Cartrefi a Chymunedau Mwy Diogel.

 

Rheolwr Cyngor a Chymorth Tenantiaeth

Rhifau ffôn:

01267 228960

01554 899232

 

Cyfeiriadau E-bost:

jmorgan@sirgar.gov.uk

JNWillis@sirgar.gov.uk

 

 


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

COMMUNITY SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

DATE: 23RD NOVEMBER, 2018

 

 

SUBJECT:

REGIONAL HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY

 

 

Purpose

 

The strategy document outlines key themes and priorities in relation to how Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys will prevent and tackle homelessness over the coming years.

 

The themes and priorities have been developed from a review of homelessness services undertaken by each local authority across the region.

 

For each theme, detailed actions will be developed for Carmarthenshire. The strategy gives examples of what these actions will look like, with a more detailed action plan to follow early in 2019.

 

Context

 

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 introduced new responsibilities on local authorities to prevent homelessness. In Carmarthenshire, we undertook a service review prior to the new legislation coming into force. Key changes involved the re-alignment of our Housing Options Service that involves creating a single point of contact for service users seeking housing advice. The team pooled a range of expertise and the team now has a range of specialist advisors and partners whose aim it is to tackle the root cause of any particular housing problem presented.

 

Partnership working has been key to meeting these new duties and providing a better service. Key partners who are co-located with our housing teams are:

 

·         The Wallich, who provide mediation services;

·          Shelter, who provide money advice and general advocacy;

·         Care and Repair, who support older people install adaptations and help with other home improvements; and

·          Pobl, who provide financial support to access the private rented sector.

What are the key themes identified across the region?

 

It is recognised that each local authority area will be different but some key themes with regard to homelessness have been identified across the region. These are:

 

·         The number of households triggering homelessness duties has generally increased, since the introduction of the recent Housing Act;

·         Increasing pressures on Housing Options “emergency response”;

·         People approaching Council homelessness services with ever more complex needs;

·         Less affordable options for single people, (especially those under 35);

·         Challenges of the introduction of Universal Credit; and

·         All services are facing on-going financial challenges which means we must think differently.

What are the key priorities?

The strategy identifies seven key priorities that are supported by a range of high level actions. These priorities are:

 

1.    Continuing to evolve and harness community-based services to assist in the prevention of homelessness;

2.    By utilising intelligence, exploring how we can focus support to households in those localities which are producing the highest proportion of homelessness cases in order to prevent it;

3.    Utilising IT systems and technology to prevent homelessness by ensuring systems are in place which flag up issues early to trigger help and advice as early as possible;

4.    In partnership with key agencies, exploring how a multi-agency case management approach can evolve to meet the needs of households who revolve around the homeless system and place demands on a variety of services;

5.    In partnership with local stakeholders and other statutory services, exploring whether a ‘Housing First’ approach can be developed to support those with the most complex needs;

6.    Each authority, with their Housing Association and private landlord partners, developing affordable and sustainable housing options for single people; and

7.    Each authority developing close partnership working with DWP/Job Centre+ to mitigate any impact the introduction of Universal Credit may have on household’s ability to retain their tenancies.

Recommendations:

·        To recommend to Executive Board that the Regional Homelessness Strategy be approved.

 

DETAILED REPORT ATTACHED?

YES- Regional Strategy

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

IMPLICATIONS

 

 

I confirm that other than those implications which have been agreed with the appropriate Directors / Heads of Service and are referred to in detail below, there are no other implications associated with this report :

 

Signed:          Jonathan Morgan                                      Acting Head of Homes and Safer Communities

 

Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

 

Legal

Finance

ICT

Risk Management Issues

Staffing Implications

Physical Assets 

YES

YES

YES

NONE

NONE

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

1.Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

 

The strategy will complement the preventative agenda outlined inThe Carmarthenshire We Want”.


2. Legal 

 

Section 50 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to carry out a homeless review and formulate a homeless strategy.

 

The Welsh Government Code of Guidance for Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness Chapter 5 sets out how local authorities plan homeless services.

 

4.Finance

 

Any further re-alignment of resources will be fully considered as part of the development of the detailed action plan.

 


 

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

 

I confirm that the appropriate consultations have taken in place and the outcomes are as detailed below

 

Signed:        Jonathan Morgan                                 Acting Head of Homes and Safer Communities

 

1. Local Member(s)

Local Members were consulted as part of the homelessness review via a member’s seminar.

2.Community / Town Council

Will be consulted as part of the development of the proposed action plan.

3.Relevant Partners

Relevant partners were consulted as part of the homelessness review.

4.Staff Side Representatives and other Organisations 

Relevant staff have been fully involved throughout the process


Section 100D Local Government Act, 1972 – Access to Information

List of Background Papers used in the preparation of this report:

 

THESE ARE DETAILED BELOW    

 

Title of Document

 

File Ref No.

Locations that the papers are available for public inspection

Review of Homelessness in Carmarthenshire

 

 

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