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Rural homeless

September 26 2009
Levels of homelessness in rural Wales trebles in seven years, say Joseph Rowntree Foundation Almost twice as many Welsh people sleep rough in rural areas as do in urban zones, new research has found. The research, carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation throughout Wales, found that between 1978 and 2005, the levels of homelessness in rural Wales rose by 300 per cent, while cities saw an increase of 160 per cent over the same period. Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan, the chair of the Commission on Rural Housing in Wales, said: "Levels of salary are quite low and house prices are quite high. If they cannot afford to pay a mortgage, the difficulty of social housing is that it is sparse and very expensive". Since then, the charity has backed the commission on completing a study - commencing in Cardiff - that will investigate property prices, affordability and the availability of social housing in susceptible rural areas.
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