Agenda Item No. 4
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 10 SEPTEMBER 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 16 JUNE 2014
C2350 HOUSING (WALES) BILL (HBMCS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) –
Members were updated on the contents of the proposed new Housing (Wales) Bill.
The Housing (Wales) Bill was launched by the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargent on 18 November, 2013 and had just completed Stage One of the National Assembly of Wales' four stage process. The General Principles of the Bill was approved at Plenary on 1st April 2014.
If the Bill passed through all of its stages, it could receive Royal Assent in summer 2014, with a staggered roll out of the legislation governing different aspects of the Bill being rolled out over a number of years.
There were seven key themes in the Bill, all of which would have an impact on the Council's service delivery. These themes were Regulation of Private Rented Housing for landlords and agents, Homelessness, Gypsies and Travellers, Standards for Social Housing, Housing Finance, Co-operative Housing and Council Tax for empty dwellings.
Changes to the legislation in respect of Homelessness and the private rented sector were expected to commence from 1st April, 2015 but implementation dates for the other changes were not known.
The Council was currently in the process of developing the Local Housing Strategy 2014-19 which would not only set out the Council's vision for Housing for the next five years, but would also drive service changes and improvements to meet the challenges of the new Bill.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the proposed changes contained within the Housing (Wales) Bill be noted.
(2) T H A T further reports be submitted to Cabinet in respect of each element of the Bill to outline the options available to the Council.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) and all Council Members for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To note the proposed changes contained within the Housing (Wales) Bill.
(2) To enable Cabinet to make informed decisions on any required changes to policy.
(3) To keep Members informed on the Housing (Wales) Bill.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 16 JUNE 2014