Welsh Government consults on Social Housing Standards

Monday 18th January 2016 began a 12 week two part consultation on the setting of mandatory standards for social housing. The consultation relates to Part 4 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 that gave Ministers new powers to determine the quality standards for the social housing and also amends sections 33A to 33C of the Housing Act 1996. The consultation will run until 12th April 2016.

Welsh Ministers propose to use the Welsh Housing Quality Standard as the mandatory standard for all existing social housing stock and a revised Development Quality Requirement (DQR) for all new and rehabilitated housing where Welsh Government provides subsidy. The standards will impact on all of the 220,000 social housing stock in Wales.

The consultation is therefore in two parts

Part A: a mandatory standard for the improvement of existing homes. The proposed standard is the existing Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). It incorporates draft guidance which reflects minor changes to the existing version

Part B: we are proposing a mandatory standard for the design and construction of new and rehabilitated homes built using Welsh Government subsidy. The proposed standard is the existing Development Quality Requirements (DQR) amended to reflect recommendations made to Welsh Ministers in 2014 by their DQR Review Group. Revised draft guidance is also attached.

Welsh Tenants are keen to hear your views about Part A and Part B of the proposals, so please copy us in or contact us directly. You can email Steve Clarke at steve@welshtenants.org.uk

Representations can be made directly using the online form via the Welsh Government website that can be sent electronically, or posted directly to the Welsh Government to the address below.

Housing Quality Standards Team

Homes and Places

Welsh Government

Rhydycar Business Park

Merthyr Tydfil

CF48 1UZ


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