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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

HOMES AND SAFE COMMUNITIES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 9 NOVEMBER 2016

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:  31 OCTOBER 2016

 

C3352     Housing Compliance Policies (BSHT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - Homes and Safe Communities) –

 

Agreement was sought to progress a number of Housing Compliance Policies related to the Council’s duties as a public Housing landlord.

 

The Council, as a Landlord, had a number of legal obligations it must satisfy to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of its tenants.  These obligations formed part of an ongoing cyclical inspection and maintenance regime to ensure key elements in the home did not pose undue risk. As a social housing landlord the Council had a statutory duty to satisfy the requirements of the legislation above.  The policies attached as Appendix 1, 2, 3 and 4 to the report set the policy framework under which the duties contained within the statutory instruments were discharged.

 

The Council Housing Fire Risk Management Strategy aimed to define the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s approach to fire safety and management in its Council Housing stock, including communal areas as required under fire regulations.

 

The Council Housing Legionella Management Plan and Policy applied to all premises where hot and cold water systems were directly managed by Housing and Building Services.  The document also provided guidance, to leaseholders, partners, etc. who had responsibility for managing water systems in Council’s Housing owned premises.

 

The Council Housing Electrical Compliance Policy provided specific guidelines which enabled the Vale of Glamorgan Council to be assured it was fully compliant with its legislative responsibilities in relation to the safety of all its fixed electrical installations.  All fixed electrical installations within the Council’s Housing and Building Services property portfolio, were subject to regular inspection and testing with a few exceptions listed within the policy.  In addition, the policy aimed to ensure all portable equipment was inspected and tested regularly.

 

The Council Housing Gas, Oil, and Solid Fuel - Safety and Servicing Policy set out the Council's statutory obligations as a landlord for carbon fuel heating appliances to the Council’s housing stock and housing premises.  The policy identified the arrangements the Council had put in place to ensure the completion of annual safety inspections.  The servicing contract for all heating appliances also included the annual inspection of smoke, heat & carbon monoxide detectors installed in the Council’s Housing stock.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the following draft policies be endorsed:

a.         Council Housing Fire Risk Management Strategy

b.         Council Housing Legionella Management Plan and Policy

c.         Council Housing Electrical Compliance Policy

d.         Council Housing Gas, Oil, and Solid Fuel - Safety and Servicing Policy

 

(2)       T H A T the draft policies be referred to the Scrutiny Committee Homes and Safe Communities for consideration.

 

(3)       T H A T a further report be bought to Cabinet to endorse the final policies.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To accept the policies and management plans in draft prior to referral to the Homes and Safe Communities Scrutiny Committee for consideration.

 

(2)       To provide appropriate consideration of the implication of the policies.

 

(3)       To endorse the final policies after consideration by the Scrutiny Committee Homes and Safe Communities.

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 31 OCTOBER 2016