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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 6 NOVEMBER 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:    21 OCTOBER 2013

 

C2054     SOCIAL HOUSING GRANT PROGRAMME 2013-2016 (HBMCS) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) –

 

Members were advised of the amount of Social Housing Grant allocated to the Vale of Glamorgan Council by the Welsh Government for the provision of affordable housing in 2013/2014, the indicative forward allocations for 2014/15 and 2015/16 (which could be subject to change) and the schemes being supported.

 

Social Housing Grant (SHG) was a capital grant made available by the Welsh Government to Registered Social landlords (RSLs) to provide new affordable housing for rent or for low cost home ownership.

 

The SHG programme in Wales for 2013-14 had a budget of £52.4 million, however this budget had been top sliced to fund other housing commitments e.g. Physical Adaptation Grant and Welsh Housing Partnership funding, leaving only £35million available to develop new affordable housing schemes across Wales.

 

In addition, an extra £20 million SHG had been made available to fund the development of one and two bedroom properties to allow current social housing tenants affected by the welfare reform changes to downsize to smaller accommodation.

 

There were currently four RSLs which were zoned by the Welsh Government to develop in the Vale of Glamorgan using SHG, Hafod Housing Association, Newydd Housing Association, Wales & West Housing Association and United Welsh Housing Association, which was able to develop supported housing only.

 

Because of the very low settlement (3.1% of the overall budget 6th lowest in Wales) awarded to the Vale of Glamorgan over the next three years, it was imperative that the Authority ensured that schemes were prioritised appropriately to meet identified housing need and that other funding streams e.g. Section 106 Agreements and Recycled Capital Grant (held by RSLs from the sale of land or housing to tenants through the right to acquire) were maximised.

 

In addition, following the agreement of Cabinet on 4 February, 2013 (Minute No. C1997) work had recently commenced on an options appraisal for land currently in the ownership of Public Sector Housing, which could assist the Authority to meet the critical demand for affordable housing in the County in the future.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Social Housing Grant programme expenditure as listed at Appendix A, attached to the report, be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) for information.

 

Reason for decisions

 

(1&2)  To apprise Members of future affordable housing developments within the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

 Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet –   21 OCTOBER 2013

 

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