Council statement (updated)

Cardiff has a positive and proactive approach to assisting rough sleepers into accommodation and we offer help and advice for individuals to engage with the range of services available in the city.

Since April 2017, our Outreach team and partners have brought 191 rough sleepers into accommodation.

We work with charities such as the Wallich, Salvation Army and the Huggard to bring people in from the streets and where this is not possible - because they choose not to access services or accommodation - we work with them on a daily basis on the streets.

We continue to work hard together to support people into services where they can move away from life on the streets and begin to turn their lives around.

There is no policy in Cardiff of confiscating sleeping bags or rough sleepers' personal property. 

Clearly discarded belongings cannot be left all day in shop doorways or on the street where they may cause an obstruction to the public, a fire hazard or health hazard. If requested, for example by the police, our teams will remove items causing an obstruction.

Fresh and clean bedding is readily available from homeless charities in the city and some individuals leave their bedding on the street, knowing that they can easily replace it with dry bedding. 

Officers monitor items which are left on the street and seek to only remove items if they appear to have been abandoned or if requests have been made to remove them by the police or businesses who believe they have been abandoned.