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Get involved - Welsh Government affordable housing review issues call for evidence

01/08/2018


With the affordable housing review now a couple of months into its one year life-cycle, the CIH Cymru review team have released a call for evidence across all areas within its remit.

Below you’ll find a list of these areas and some additional details, along with the name of the CIH Cymru representative within each area.

If you or any of your colleagues would like to share their insight or expertise with any representative to help CIH Cymru’s response, as well as the views put forward by each rep, you can email matthew.kennedy@cih.org.

Keep an eye out for further news of how you can get involved in the housing review.

1. Understanding housing need

The review will consider how we can improve our understanding of exactly how many homes are needed across Wales, in which geographical areas and in what tenures. This can then better inform how and where resources are allocated, and ultimately ensure the right homes are built in the right places. This will include a view of the market context, as well as the spatial need and allocations in Local Development Plans (LDPs).

2. Grant allocation and intervention rates

The review will examine how grant can be best used to support increased supply of affordable housing - whether the allocation of funding through the formula based on population is the best method to deliver value for money to the public purse, and maximise the number of homes built in the areas of highest need with available resources.

Your CIH Cymru representative: David Lowe – development officer, Cartrefi Conwy

3. Rent policy

The Rent Policy is currently being reviewed by Heriot Watt University and the final report is due for publication in September. This piece of work is separate to this Affordable Housing Supply Review. However, this review will consider the findings and recommendations of the Heriot Watt review as part of its work through this work stream.

In addition, this review will consider the need to introduce a revised rent policy, which gives certainty to RSLs and LAs and balances the need for continued development with affordability for tenants.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Gwynne Jones, managing director, Cartrefi Conwy

4. Standards/Development Quality Requirements (DQR)

The review will consider whether the current standards and requirements remain the best way of meeting the housing needs of tenants accessing social housing, or whether alternative approaches offer better value for money and support increased supply.

The review will also consider the role of energy efficiency and delivery of zero carbon homes, and the requirements for the quality of the build environment and place making of grant funded homes.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Robert Panou, housing futures cymru panel member

5. Local Authority building

The review will consider how best to support Local Authorities to build at pace and scale, including how to maximise the use of the borrowing cap.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Matt Kennedy, policy and public affairs manager, CIH Cymru

6. Construction supply chain including modern methods of construction

There is widespread acknowledgement that for a number of reasons the traditional model of house-building is not sustainable without diversification. The review will examine how best to take this forward and scale up alternative models including off site manufacturing, including the opportunities for delivering zero carbon homes.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Douglas Haig, chair, Residential Landlords Associations Cymru

7. Public sector land

Making the best use of Welsh public sector assets is key to the delivery of high quality services for the people of Wales. The review will consider how best to facilitate more public land coming forward for housing and what priorities can be supported by the supply of land for housing.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Tom Broadhead, director of business improvement, Melin Homes

8. Capacity of public sector and RSLs

The review will examine whether there are any capacity constraints within RSLs and the public sector that may act as a barrier to the delivery of the ambition to increase the scale and pace of affordable house building.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Karen Dusgate, chief executive, Family HA

9. Use of existing powers

The review will consider if there are existing powers that are not being maximised or used at all. What are the existing legal powers held by Welsh Government / Welsh Ministers, RSLs and Local Authorities in Wales? Which ones are and are not being used?

Your CIH Cymru representative: Matt Dicks, director, CIH Cymru

10. Leveraging the investment potential in sock transfer and LA organisations

Around 192,300 social homes (86% of the stock) now meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and the remainder are on track to meet the Standard by the Cabinet’s 2020 deadline. The review will examine how to best leverage the investment in Dowry and Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) to achieve better value.

Your CIH Cymru representative: Linda Whittaker, chief executive, Tai Tarian


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