Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 5TH NOVEMBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 10TH OCTOBER, 2012
" WELSH HOUSING QUALITY STANDARD ACTION PLAN (VERSION 16) HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGY (DVSH) –
The Committee was apprised of action taken to date in progressing the Action Plan in relation to the completion of works in respect of meeting the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). Committee noted that the latest Housing Business Plan had been approved previously by the Cabinet at its meeting held on 16th November 2011 and this had been subsequently submitted to the Welsh Government. In addition, the first annual return had been submitted to the Welsh Government on the Council meeting the requirements of the WHQS, details of which were set out in Appendices B and C to the report. This was the first return calculated using the Housing Asset Management database and demonstrated the need for significant investment with 2% of the Council housing stock currently meeting the above standard.
Four external contractors had been appointed to work in partnership with the Council following an extensive procurement process, all of which had considerable experience in delivering this type of work. The Council’s own Building Services division would be undertaking some of the refurbishment works and this was mainly linked to sheltered housing accommodation across the county. Contractors had commenced work on 3rd September 2012 and would be monitored on a continual basis and their performance reported to the Council and to a Tenants Quality and Design Forum.
As referred to in an earlier agendaed report sustainability issues and energy rating of certain “Hard to Treat” properties were under consideration, including options and decisions that would be required to be made to progress these homes in the future.
In addition to the above, over the last three years there have also been significant improvements to the Council’s Adaptations Service for tenants with a disability with £2m of funding being made available for housing adaptation improvements. Innovations to changing the service, such as the greater use of call off contracts and staff training in a wider skill set, had dramatically reduced the time taken to deliver adaptation works.
Brief discussion ensued with the Committee commenting upon the current position of void properties within the Vale of Glamorgan and a need for a further report to be submitted to the Scrutiny Committee to enable the matter to be monitored and reviewed. In addition, reference was also made to the requirement for the action plan to be reviewed and updated to include, where appropriate, time bound completion dates for related actions as opposed to unidentified dates identified for example in 2017.
Having regard to the above and related issues it was
(1) T H A T the action taken to date in meeting the requirements of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard including the updated Action Plan be noted.
(2) T H A T Cabinet be requested to ensure that the Action Plan be reviewed and updated to include, where appropriate, time bound completion dates for related actions.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) In acknowledgement of progress made to date.
(2) To ensure that actions and related performance can be monitored and reviewed appropriately."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 10th October, 2012