Scrutinising the Welsh Housing Quality Standard

Scrutiny Councillors recently set up a working group to meet with Councillor Andrea Lewis,  the Cabinet Member for New Generation Services, who has responsibility for Council Housing, in order to discuss the Council’s progress towards achieving the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). The Standard requires all social landlords to improve their housing stock to an acceptable […]

Scrutiny to follow up on affordable housing recommendations

The Affordable Housing Scrutiny Inquiry Panel is meeting on Wednesday to assess the impact of their report into affordable housing, which took place during 2013. The inquiry looked at ways the Council and its partners could  increase the overall supply of affordable housing in Swansea. You can download a copy of the full report in our scrutiny […]

Providing More Affordable Homes Needs to be a Priority

As in many other areas, the number of new affordable homes being supplied in Swansea is a long way short of the number of new affordable homes that are needed. To have any chance of closing this gap the first step is to ensure that affordable housing is a shared priority for the Council and its […]

Talking to the Private Sector about Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing Inquiry Panel met on Monday with representatives from the homebuilding industry. The purpose of the session was to find out how the private sector could contribute to an increase in the supply of affordable homes in Swansea. Giving evidence at the panel were: Richard Price – Homebuilders Federation Andrew Compton – Persimmon […]

Affordable housing evidence gathering continues……

Members of the Affordable Housing Scrutiny Panel are keeping up with a busy schedule of meetings where they have been gathering evidence from a wide range of experts to help them understand the issue of affordable housing in Swansea and consider ways that the Council and its partners can increase the overall supply of affordable […]

Affordable Housing Panel

 The Affordable Housing Inquiry Panel met on Monday for an evidence gathering session with officers from the Council’s Housing Service and Planning Service. They received a detailed presentation which covered the following issues: Local Authority duties & powers in relation to affordable housing Policies & strategies used to address affordable housing so far Impact of policies […]