West Lancs logo
Friday, August 15, 2014

Have your say on two important policies on private housing that are being updated

You can give your views on two important West Lancashire Borough Council policies that are being updated.

The Council is running a public consultation on draft updates made to the Disabled Adaptations Policy and the Housing Renewal Assistance Policy.

You can download a copy of both policies by visiting Your Views. The closing date for comments is 5pm on 5 September 2014.

Comments made by the public will be taken into account when the updated policies are discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 11 November. The Cabinet will also decide if the draft updated should be approved and become Council policy.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Health, Leisure and Community Safety, said: “The Council has the power to help people living in private accommodation, and these are very important policies which guide that work. We hope people will give us their views on how those policies have been updated, so please take part in the consultation.”

The Disabled Adaptations Policy directs how the Council carries out its statutory duty to provide disabled facilities grants to qualifying applicants to assist them in adapting their home.

A suitable, well adapted home can be the defining factor in enabling a disabled person to live well and independently. The purpose of this policy is to assist officers in delivering an adaptations programme and to ensure the fair and consistent treatment for all disabled persons who require the Council's assistance.

The Housing Renewal Assistance Policy regulates what assistance the Council can offer to homeowners, private tenants and private landlords regarding the repair, improvement and adaptation of their property. While the Council believes it is primarily the responsibility of home owners to maintain and improve their own property, it is committed to improving housing quality across all tenures including owner occupation and private renting. There are also some vulnerable homeowners, particularly the elderly, who cannot afford to repair or improve their homes and may not be able to obtain loans from commercial lenders.   The Council currently provides information, advice and support to assist private residents in the borough to find solutions to enable them to live in affordable homes which are safe, secure, warm and in good repair. In particular, the Council will provide direct assistance with help from partners to enable vulnerable residents to live in decent homes. There are also grants available from the Council to help with important works.

To make your views known please email laura.lea@westlancs.gov.uk or write to: Laura Lea, Homelessness & Private Sector Housing Manager, West Lancashire Borough Council, 61 Westgate, Skelmersdale, WN8 8LP.