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Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS)

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  • Release date: 19 March 2018
  • Period covered: 31 March 2017
  • Next update: 4 October 2018
An annual report which includes information on the progress made by social landlords (local authorities and registered social landlords) in achieving the WHQS for all their stock.

Key points

  • The number of social housing dwellings that are compliant with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) (including acceptable fails) continues to increase. At 31 March 2017, 86 per cent of social housing dwellings (192,302 dwellings) were compliant with the WHQS (including acceptable fails) compared to 79 per cent a year earlier.
  • Excluding acceptable fails, 61 per cent(r) of all social housing dwellings (136,220(r) dwellings) were fully compliant with the WHQS at 31 March 2017.
  • Levels of WHQS compliance continue to be higher for registered social landlords (RSLs), with 99 per cent of RSL dwellings achieving WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2017 compared to 66 per cent of local authority dwellings.
  • At 31 March 2017, across all social housing, the most common reason given for an acceptable fail was ‘Timing of Remedy’ occurring in 49 per cent(r) of all compliant dwellings that contained at least one acceptable fail.
  • The two components that showed the highest percentage of WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2017 were ‘Mains powered smoke detectors’ and ‘Central heating Systems’ at 99 per cent and 98 per cent respectively.

Revision notes

(r) Revised on 19 March 2018.

This release has been revised following receipt of revised figures of revised figures from two social landlords for the number of dwellings both fully compliant with the WHQS as at 31 March 2017 and the number compliant with acceptable fails.


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