Biggest Changes Social Housing in 20 Years

June 2023

‘Bold and progressive’ new standard will see the biggest changes to social housing in more than 20 years


Climate Change Minister Julie James has today introduced a new Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) which will see the biggest changes to social housing standards in more than 20 years.

The Minister said the new WHQS will replace the existing Standard to ‘better reflect changes in the way people live, work and feel about their homes’.

The original Standard was introduced in 2002 and since then Welsh Government, together with social landlord delivery partners, has invested billions of pounds to significantly improve and maintain the quality of social homes across Wales.
A formal public consultation of WHQS 2023 was undertaken last year and more than 200 responses were received.

Responses were analysed and informed the final Standard.

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