Select Committee on Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Sixth Report


Reply from the Welsh Local Government Association to the Clerk of the Committee

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002

I refer to my telephone conversation yesterday with one of your colleagues and am grateful for the opportunity to submit somewhat belated comments on behalf of the WLGA.

The WLGA welcomes the general tenure of the proposal and the added flexibility that it will bring to Local Authority's strategic programmes of housing assistance. I have had discussions with several colleagues and whilst it is clear that there will be start up costs involved in developing the new systems it is very difficult, if not impossible, to accurately estimate what these costs are likely to be. Therefore, WLGA feels it can do little more at this stage than to place a marker that once a better understanding of not only the set up costs but also any increased running costs of the system are known, that these may need to be presented as new burdens on the RSG. Inasmuch as Local Government welcomes the proposals, I am sure that you will be able to accept that the costs involved will be proportionate to the long-term benefits derived.

Moving to the issue of financial advice, the WLGA would hope that sufficient weight is given in the guidance to the need to provide advice to Local Authorities in respect of this issue.

Finally, WLGA is grateful for the opportunity to comment.

Mr R Mitchard
Director of Environmental Services & Housing, Caerphilly County Borough Council

30 January 2002

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