Affordable Housing: Standards

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Shadow Minister (Housing and Planning) 23rd February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) by what mechanisms the Homes and Communities Agency measures its progress in meeting its statutory duty to improve the quality of housing;

(2) what recent steps the Homes and Communities Agency has taken in respect of its statutory duty to (a) improve the quality of housing and (b) contribute to the achievement of good design.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Minister for Housing 23rd February 2010

Two of the HCA's four statutory objects are to (i) improve the supply and quality of housing in England and (ii) contribute to the achievement of sustainable development and good design in England. The HCA inherited standards for certain of its programmes, setting minimum criteria which must be achieved before funding is provided. Regular checks and audits are undertaken to ensure these requirements are delivered. The HCA have established advisory Boards to assist with these issues, and plan to issue a design and quality strategy later this year. Details of these panels, including membership, can be found on the HCA's website:

www.homesandcommunities.co.uk

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