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Homelessness: Review of the Legislation in Wales

02 November 2011

Researchers at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) have secured a competitive tender from the Welsh Government to review homelessness legislation in Wales.

This will be the most significant piece of homelessness research to be conducted in Wales and will directly inform the forthcoming Housing Bill to help improve homelessness law in Wales.

The Welsh Government have set out their commitment to this topic in their Ten Year Homelessness Plan for Wales, and this review will help meet these long term objectives by ensuring legislation on homelessness is suitable to the needs of people in Wales.

Led by Dr Peter Mackie, Lecturer in Housing at the Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning and chair of WISERD’s Housing Research Network, the study will include contributions from Heriot Watt University, Swansea University, WISERD researchers and independent housing consultant Tamsin Stirling.

Dr Mackie said: "Homelessness law is very significant in Wales because, unlike other parts of the world, the law is the key tool used by Government to ensure homeless people are supported.

"However, relatively little is known about the impacts of homelessness legislation in Wales and there has been no comprehensive exploration of possible improvements since it was first introduced."

The review will build upon an initial study conducted in March 2011 that explored stakeholder perspectives on the deficiencies in the homelessness legislation in Wales. The researchers are keen to gather views from as many people as possible in this current review via stakeholder engagement events and stakeholder interviews planned for early 2012.

The research team plan to report back with emerging findings in February 2012 and produce a full report in July 2012.


Notes to Editors

1. Visit the Homelessness web page for more information on the research project:

2. Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)

WISERD is jointly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (HEFCW) and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to draw together and build upon the existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea Universities.

Established in 2009, WISERD undertakes research and capacity building activities that underpin research infrastructure in the economic and social sciences across Wales and beyond.

3. Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning

The Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning is the largest and most active planning school in the UK and has an outstanding record of academic achievement. Its teaching has been rated as ‘excellent’ and the latest government assessment of research in British universities has reinforced its status as the premier academic School of its type in Britain.

The School plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates on the development, management and sustainability of cities and regions.

The School’s research is structured around five large research groups and is leading developments in environment; housing; spatial analysis; spatial planning and city environments; and urban and regional governance.

Further information

Dr Peter Mackie

School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University


Tel: 029 2087 6223

Catrin Palfrey

Communications Officer

WISERD, Cardiff University


Tel: 029 2087 0026