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Report out today highlights the issue of social housing tenants living without carpet in Wales

A new report launched today (22 October 2020) is imploring providers of social housing in Wales to tackle the lack of provision for carpet in tenant homes in Wales.

The research was undertaken jointly by tenants’ body, TPAS Cymru and housing equalities charity, Tai Pawb, and has uncovered the impact on tenants of living without flooring, in particular on their wellbeing. We at Greenstream Flooring CIC, provide a low-cost re-use carpet option to housing associations and tenants and have been involved in the research.

The report highlights the fact that, unlike private landlord provision, it is common practice for social landlords to let accommodation without providing furnishings, including carpets.

The report entitled, ‘FLOORED’, also lists issues such as a lack of warmth, safety and sound/noise pollution as factors that are affecting the wellbeing of social housing tenants, including breathing difficulties and depression.  In addition, responses from tenants with children highlighted safety issues when living with cold hard concrete or wooden flooring – including splinters - and an increase in loneliness and isolation in not feeling able to invite friends to visit.

Key to the report are the 10 recommendations for social landlords and Welsh Government that TPAS and their partners will be following up on.

Ellen Petts, founder and managing director of Greenstream Flooring CIC, said

“Having been involved in social housing for 10 years, this report, which includes a comprehensive survey of tenants, is well overdue.  Greenstream is delighted to have been able to assist in the research and provide examples of how we have been able to help those residents who have not been provided with flooring from their social landlord.

“Greenstream Flooring CIC was set up to not only prevent unwanted carpet being sent to landfill, but also help those in genuine need.  By working with social housing organisations we are able to provide flooring in bedrooms, living areas and hallways which are supplied to tenants in a basic state; as well as reducing the carbon footprint.

“I am gratified that this report has been produced and we will be working with as many partners and organisations as we can to ensure that the 10 recommendations are taken on board by the Welsh Government and social landlords.”

The executive summary can be found here (PDF)

The full report can be found here (PDF) 

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