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Cardiff sees rise in homeless migrants

October 2nd 2009
Cardiff's city council has reported an increase in the number of migrant workers left homeless and destitute in the city, without access to benefits or housing help. The effects of the economic downturn, as well as a legal block preventing migrants from certain countries claiming benefits, has meant increased numbers of rough sleepers in the city from eastern European countries, the charity Shelter Cymru has reported. Research officer James Radcliffe told the press: "Quite a few people are being brought over under false pretences by employment agencies and are being offered accommodation." After the jobs finish, which can be after as little as a month, people are being left without work and accommodation at short notice, said Mr Radcliffe. If workers from countries such as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria cannot prove they have been in continuous employment for 12 months or more, they are not entitled to apply for benefits or housing assistance under EU law, and many have been forced into sleeping rough. A Cardiff council spokeswoman said: "32 individuals have been sleeping rough over the last six weeks. Of the 32 recorded, 11 have been central or eastern European migrants. None has access to public funds, with five having underlying drug and/or alcohol issues - one with serious alcohol-induced health problems."

October 2009



A fresh approach

Grim discovery in Kent

Dispersal zone extended at Waterloo

Official headcount drops to 464

HRH at 999

Stop stop-and-search

Death in Peterborough

Tory councils to cut spending on services

Soup Run Forum news

Recession bites Bury - and beyond

Cardiff sees rise in homeless migrants

A Finsbury fortune

Alaskan deaths raise alarm

Essex clown dies

French "tramp game" sparks controversy

Homeless doll for the rich

Hard work to meet Scotland’s 2012 target

Housing in hard times

Street Shield 8: The Tunnels

Mad about film

A Don deal?

On a mission

Homeless film in Fife

Connect 2

Void of imagination

Haunted graffiti


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