Asylum: Housing

Home Department written question – answered on 26th June 2014.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to ensure that accommodation provided by the COMPASS contracts meets the Decent Homes Standards.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

It is a statutory requirement that social housing meets the Decent Homes Standard as defined in the Housing Act 2004.

All COMPASS contracts incorporate the requirements of the Decent Homes Standard for social housing as part of the contractual performance management arrangements and are robustly monitored through three key performance indicators which relate specifically to property standards.

Providers are required to inspect all properties on a monthly basis or at the point when a service user first occupies the property. In addition, the Home Office has a team of 17 contract compliance officers who also closely monitor property standards as part of their contract compliance and assurance role.

Any failure of the critical service levels may result in financial penalties.

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