Urgent Appeal for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to House Vulnerable People

The Welsh Government has made the following urgent appeal for holiday accommodation providers to help by making accommodation available for vulnerable people.

“During the national lockdown, and since, we have seen some incredible work across Wales to ensure that no-one is without a safe place and support during these difficult times. Thank you very much to those of you who have and are supporting us in this work. As we move into a relaxing of the restrictions in terms of self-contained accommodation, we are hoping you will continue your support.

“Welsh Government guidance remains unchanged; everyone should have accommodation which enables them to follow public health guidance on social distancing, hygiene and to self-isolate if necessary. However, we know that housing services are under severe pressure. In some areas, emergency accommodation is already at capacity and pressures are continuing.

“We are therefore asking accommodation businesses across Wales whether they can assist Local Authorities in providing high quality emergency provision.  Some businesses are already providing accommodation for Key Workers and vulnerable groups, which is hugely appreciated. However, the current challenge is to secure sufficient accommodation for people, many of whom will have been displaced as a result of the pandemic – this includes those who are homeless and threatened with homelessness, such as people who are no longer able to stay with family or friends, or individuals whose relationships have broken down.

“Further funding is available to support Local Authorities and Health Boards to secure this vital accommodation and to provide the requisite support staff to ensure these people receive the appropriate wrap around support to address their needs.  If supporting this work businesses will enter a contract with their Local Authority for the direct costs involved.

“If you can help, please contact your Local Authority. For those Local Authority areas without a nominated contact email address, please contact Welsh Government quality.tourism@gov.wales and we will collate the information and provide it to your respective LA in order for contact to be made.”

While there is a need across Wales, there is an urgent need for accommodation in Pembrokeshire.

The direct contact for Pembrokeshire is: Claire.Hitchings@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

  1. Please provide details of the accommodation, which you could offer to house vulnerable people. We will require details of the number of rooms or units, type, location and how long you anticipate it will be available for.
  2. Please provide a named contact in your business and a contact address email and telephone number.

 

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at www.nigel-summerley.blogspot.com.

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