The revisions, approved by the council’s Cabinet on 13th March, include an increase in the programme’s total projected investment from £220 to £250 million. This decision is based on information gathered by the council through up to date property surveys and reviewing costs from recent contracts.
Cabinet also approved a re-profile of the WHQS programme; which means that tenants in some areas will receive improvements later than originally anticipated. The changes come as a result of a number of changing circumstances in the delivery of the programme, including the loss of two contractors and unforeseen additional work being encountered.
All council tenants will be sent a copy of the revised WHQS programme; a copy can also be found on the council’s website www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Housing
Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said “The WHQS programme is progressing at a significant pace, with the expected investment for 2018/19 being £48 million; the highest annual spend to date since the programme started. Whilst the expected final expenditure on the programme has increased, surpluses and savings made within the council’s housing service has resulted in a reduction in the amount of borrowing required for WHQS, which means that the additional investment remains affordable within the current business plan.
This is the largest single investment ever made by the council into its housing stock and whilst excellent progress has been made, changes are inevitable with a programme of this scale. We are, however, confident that we’re on target to meet the 2020 deadline; a view that was echoed by Wales Audit Office in their recent independent review of our WHQS programme.”