Affordable Housing: Standards
Communities and Local Government
Grant Shapps (Shadow Minister (Housing), Communities and Local Government; Welwyn Hatfield, Conservative)
(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.
John Healey (Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government; Wentworth, Labour)
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: