Housing & Homelessness Strategy
Local Housing Strategy 2015-20
This strategy sets out our vision for addressing the housing needs of citizens:
"Housing in Neath Port Talbot will be appropriate, affordable, of good quality, in sustainable communities, offering people choice and support if they need it".
The strategy highlights the need for more affordable Housing and seeks to increase supply and accessibility in the right places. The strategy also aims to improve the quality of housing stock (both social and private housing) and ensure that support is available to those who need it.
Homelessness Review 2018
The Council commissioned an independent review of how it responds to people facing homelessness, in order for us to see how we could build on our current practice and develop new ways of working. This review involved extensive engagement with a variety of stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for change. It not only focused on its housing services, but also explored the policy context in which they exist and whether the response to homelessness is complimentary to the wider strategic direction within the area.
Homelessness Strategy 2018-22
This document sets out how we intend to act on the findings of the above review, so that we are best placed to meet the needs of those threatened with or experiencing homelessness, over the next four years and beyond. The overall aim is to implement an approach that will prevent homelessness wherever possible and effectively support the household when it occurs. To this end, we propose to shift the focus from emergency responses and fulfilling our homelessness duties to households in crisis, by exploring:
- More focussed community based support to prevent homelessness, before it becomes a crisis;
- evidence based support and accommodation options for people with complex needs, who have experienced repeat episodes of homelessness, and require a range of services; and
- helping people to secure permanent housing and so reduce demand for temporary accommodation.
Gypsy & Traveller Assessment
In accordance with Part 3 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 the Council has undertaken a new Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment to assess the future accommodation needs of the Gypsy and Traveller Community and determine whether there is a requirement for additional site provision within Neath Port Talbot for permanent residential pitches and / or transit pitches in the short term and up to 2026.
The Council received written confirmation on 28th November 2016 from Carl Sargeant (the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children) that the study had been approved.
This 2016 Study will now replace the previous study that was undertaken in 2012.
The above documents are available to download below.
For further information regarding any of the documents please contact:
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Common Commissioning Unit
Tel: (01639) 685207