Assembly Committee calls for better leadership and monitoring of WHQS

Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 15:49
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The National Assembly for Wales yesterday published the Public Accounts Committee report following its inquiry into the Auditor General's report, 'Progress in delivering the Welsh Housing Quality Standard', published in January 2012.

View the Public Accounts Committee reportThe Public Accounts Committee states that whilst progress in delivering WHQS is welcomed, there is disappointment that this has been limited by weaknesses in leadership and monitoring. The report contains 11 recommendations, including that Welsh Government:

Enables independent, external verification of WHQS complianceIdentifies and promotes good practice in engaging tenants and challenges landlords that are not performing wellPublishes guidance on how to maximise the potential benefits of making refurbishments to meet WHQS

The report acknowledges the achievements of the introduction of WHQS. These include improvement to the housing stock and the wide range of additional benefits to Wales' economy, environment and health through job creation and area regeneration, as well as increased levels of tenant engagement. However the report states that 'greater consideration could be given to these potential benefits'.

Director of CIH Cymru Keith Edwards said:

'We recognise the progress that has been made in Wales towards delivering Welsh Housing Quality Standards. CIH Cymru fully endorses the Committees recommendations to provide guidance to increase tenant involvement, maximise community benefits, improve the monitoring of landlord compliance and measure the wider benefits and outcomes for health and the economy.'

CIH Cymru also manages the i2i project set up to get the maximum benefits from WHQS investment for tenants and communities. A separate report in March concluded that over 2500 jobs had been created through WHQs and other investment in housing in the last three years.

Source: ©CIH

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