The Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002 gives local authorities the power to provide assistance to any person for the purpose of improving living conditions in the local authority area.
This document sets out in full the policy that has been adopted by Peterborough City Council, and includes details of:
- how the Council intends to exercise its article 3 powers and ensure that the statutory qualifications to that power are observed;
- the types of assistance the Council may make available;
- the circumstances in which persons will be eligible for assistance;
- how the amount of any assistance awarded will be calculated;
- the conditions that will apply to the provision of assistance;
- how and in what circumstances any assistance made may be repaid.
In regards to national context, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) English Housing Survey 2014 – 2015 stated:
- Of the estimated 22.5 million household in England in 2014-15, 14.3 million (65%) were owner occupied. 4.3 million (19%) household were privately renting and 3.9 million (17%) household lived in the social rented sector
- In 2014 4.6 million homes failed to meet the decent homes standard. The private rented sector had the highest proportion of non-decent homes (20%). 19% of owner occupied home failed to meet the decent homes standard
- The energy efficiency of English housing stock has continued to improve and in 2014 the average Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating was 61 (out of 100) compared to 45 in 1996.
Have your say
You can read the full policy below. If you have any comments or questions on the consultation then please email Care&Repair@peterborough.gov.uk.