FAMILIES who are evicted will be provided with low-rent public housing, the government has announced.

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos confirmed repossessed properties owned by the banks will be used to help those left homeless.

The Cabinet was forced to act after two suicides, both directly related to evictions, led to widespread protests.

Other measures introduced include a two-year ban on the eviction of vulnerable people, halting a trend which has seen 400,000 homes repossessed since 2008.

Families with monthly income below €1,600, those with a child under three years old and people with disabilities will all benefit from the measure.

Jobless people who are not eligible to claim employment benefits and domestic violence victims will also be exempt.

The opposition PSOE party had wanted the ban to be applied to all families regardless of their circumstances, but this was rejected by the government.

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