Friday 13th March 2020
From the Housing Specialist – In my article in the Spring copy of Envoy on the Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) on page 32, I highlighted that a change had been made to the Decent Homes + (DH+) Standard in assessing SFA CAAS Banding – this was incorrect. Following clarification with the DIO RD Accn Policy SME, no such change has taken place and the CAAS Methodology remains extant. To avoid any further ambiguity, that feature should now read:
SFA Kitchen and Bathroom Improvement Programme
In recognition that the condition of kitchen/bathrooms across the SFA estate varies, DIO Regional Delivery Accommodation has ring-fenced funding over the next 4 years to meet a higher standard of modernity. The intent is, therefore, to deliver an estate wide kitchen and bathroom improvement programme targeting all SFA where the kitchen is 20 years old or more and/or the bathroom is 30 years old or more.
This is a fantastic initiative which will bring about a significant improvement in the quality of the SFA estate and the quality of life for those families that do not currently enjoy this standard of accommodation.
Top image: SFA (Service Family Accommodation) estate, built at Beacon Barracks in Stafford, UK. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.