The Welsh housing quality standard

Nov 15, 2017 | Articles, Assembly Business | 0 comments

Plenary Wednesday 15/11/2017

12:28
Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Spoken Contribution – 12:28:22
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Thanks, Chair. Is the Minister—the housing Minister—satisfied with progress being made towards meeting the Welsh housing quality standard, and is she now satisfied that landlords are accurately reporting the condition of their stock?

Rebecca Evans AM

Rebecca Evans AM

Title: Minister for Social Services and Public Health Party: Welsh Labour

Yes. Officials do advise me that I should be satisfied with the progress made with regard to meeting the Welsh housing quality standard so far. It’s something I’m going to be taking a particular interest in. I’ll be very clear, as Carl was and others before him, that the target of 2020 is non-negotiable and we’ll be working and providing whatever assistance and advice are necessary in terms of meeting that target.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Thanks. Regarding that target, do you have any information about whether any landlords are likely to miss that target?

Rebecca Evans AM

Rebecca Evans AM

Title: Minister for Social Services and Public Health Party: Welsh Labour

I know that concerns had been raised about one local authority in terms of whether or not they would be able to meet that target, but I’m also aware that Carl Sargeant did receive assurances from the leader and the chief officer of that local authority that the 2020 target would be met.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Thanks. How does the housing conditions evidence programme—how is it likely to influence policy development and future budget allocations, particularly relating to the private sector?

Rebecca Evans AM

Rebecca Evans AM

Title: Minister for Social Services and Public Health Party: Welsh Labour

I think that particular programme is tremendously exciting, because it will provide us for the first time with the kind of level of detail about the quality and the standards and so on of our housing stock. It will give us a good idea of how successful some of our programmes have been thus far, for example in the fields of energy efficiency, hazards in housing and so on. It will also then enable us to look at where we need to be focusing our efforts in future. I understand that the first figures for that will be published towards the end of next year.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Thanks.