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Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales

In December 2017, the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee agreed to undertake a short inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales.


Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the inquiry were to consider:


  • the effectiveness of Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act in preventing rough sleeping;
  • the scale of rough sleeping in Wales and the adequacy of data;
  • the causes of rough sleeping and the apparent recent increases in rough sleeping;
  • the effectiveness and availability of services including emergency accommodation; and
  • the steps to prevent and tackle rough sleeping in Wales.


Evidence gathering


The Committee received 22 written submissions and held six oral evidence sessions with stakeholders and the Minister for Housing and Regeneration. The written responses and a schedule of oral evidence can be viewed below.




The Committee published its report: Life on the streets: preventing and tackling rough sleeping in Wales in April 2018.


On publication of the report, John Griffiths AM, Chair of the Committee said:


“We heard from a range of organisations who support rough sleepers and from experts who have completed extensive research in this subject area. Perhaps more importantly, we heard from people who have first-hand experience of life on the streets but have since been supported into accommodation. They gave moving accounts of how they ended up sleeping rough.”


The Welsh Government laid its response to the report in June 2018.  The report and government response was debated in Plenary on 13 June 2018.




Following the publication of the Welsh Government’s Rough Sleeping Action Plan in February 2018, the Committee held a follow-up scrutiny session with the Minister for Housing and Local Government.


At its meeting on 5 June 2019, the Committee agreed to undertake additional follow up work into rough sleeping in Wales. Consequently, the Committee held a stakeholder event and a follow up scrutiny session with the Minister for Housing and Local Government.


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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 05/01/2018

Decision due: Meeting Date by Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee




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