Welsh Government calls for consultation into improving the Welsh Housing Quality Standard
The Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) was originally introduced in 2002 and has been successful in raising the quality of social homes in Wales.
By the end of 2020 almost all of social housing was reported to have met the 2002 Standard1. The Government feel this level of quality must be maintained and stretched to further improve quality, taking account of changes and expectations in, and impacts from, the wider world such as climate change and technical advancements in building fabric.
Over the last two decades, Welsh Government, together with Social Landlords, have invested billions of pounds to significantly improve and maintain the quality of social homes across Wales. The existing WHQS contained energy efficiency (affordable warmth) requirements but these have been boosted significantly to reflect decarbonisation ambitions and to minimise energy bills for tenants. Setting a standard which is both bold and achievable is highly complex and so the Welsh Government sought the industry views on the proposals.
You can read the consultation questions here.
Read the Welsh Housing Quality Standard 2023