What is the Welsh Housing Quality Standard?
The Welsh Government wants to ensure that all the people of Wales, including social housing tenants, have the opportunity to live in good quality homes, in safe and secure communities.
To ensure that all homes are brought up to an acceptable level, they have drawn up the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). This is a standard for the quality and condition of properties which lists a number of targets which all homes will need to meet.
The standard states that all homes should be
- in a good state of repair
- safe and secure
- adequately heated, fuel efficient and well insulated
- contain up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms
- well managed (for rented housing)
- located in attractive and safe environments
- as far as possible suit the specific requirements of the household (e.g. specific disabilities)
Flintshire County Council receives about £5 million per annum from the Welsh Government’s Major Repairs Allowance. This contributes to the WHQS improvement works.
Flintshire County Council is committed to bringing all our social housing up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard by the end of 2020.