Around 40% of Welsh households do not have enough money to buy anything beyond everyday items because of the cost of living crisis.
A new report from the Bevan Foundation found that around 165,000 households in Wales already struggle to cover the cost of everyday essentials, with 57% cutting back on heat, electricity and water.
The situation is set to get much worse this winter as energy bills rocket again – with the energy price cap set to hit £3582 in October and predicted to top £4200 in January 2023.
Those on the lowest incomes are set to be the most affected as prices continue to rise.
Landlords in Wales will have a big role to play in supporting people as more families struggle to make ends meet. And our own colleagues won’t be immune from the crisis as the impact of price rises across the board hits home.
We can expect rising rent arrears and more tenants falling into fuel and food poverty.
It’s a situation that will leave many of our colleagues feeling anxious, confused and powerless, as we try to figure out the best advice and support to give.
In this free best practice session, we’ll bring people together to explore what landlords are doing to tackle the cost of living crisis and discuss ways we can learn from each other and adapt our approaches at this difficult time.
So join colleagues across Wales grappling with the most serious challenges our residents and communities have faced in decades and explore what we can do about it together.
As always, the session will be facilitated by Keith Edwards, and take place via zoom.
Why come to the best practice group?
- Great to find out what others are doing
- Good honest and open discussions
- Sharing best practice and ideas with others in similar roles
- Acts as a sense-check about what people are doing or thinking of doing.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Keith Edwards is a former director of CIH Cymru and TPAS Cymru. He came to the housing sector via the trade union, co-operative and community development movements. As a consultant, he has worked for Welsh Government Ministers, the Housing Regulator and a number of local authorities, housing associations and private companies.
He has wide experience of stakeholder involvement; developing strategy, option appraisals, designing new service models and supporting co-operative and mutual housing. He has particular expertise in helping organisations get the maximum social, economic and environmental benefits from their investment and service delivery, having set up and run the innovative i2i project for Welsh Government.
Keith is currently working with Kensington and Chelsea Council and its residents on future engagement and service options. He is also supporting a number of Welsh landlords with resident engagement.”
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