9. What might prevent the desired outcomes being achieved?
9.1. There are a number of issues/challenges that may affect the Programme policy.
9.2. Regarding the setting of a long term domestic standard, agricultural homes and crofts will not be included in the Programme. To ensure that householders are not detrimentally affected by this decision, we will consider the future status of this sector and provide separate advice which is being prepared for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister for Local Government.
9.3. Within the private rented sector there is a chance that private landlords will not welcome the move to carry out improvements, especially for properties in the worst condition. To mitigate this the Programme will introduce minimum standards to ensure that tenants can enjoy homes that are warmer and cheaper to heat, with appropriate support and advice services put in place to assist progress through the implementation process.
9.4. Within the social rented sector we recognise that some landlords may find meeting the standard a challenge and lead to tenants living in sub-standard accommodation. In recognition of this, through EESSH, a minimum standard is proposed that no properties can be let if their EPC is below band D.
9.5. To carry the Programme forward we need to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the supply chain to meet demand. Members of the supply chain need to be skilled/qualified to carry out the work and to a high standard. We are working closely with skills bodies, enterprise agencies, colleges and industry through our Quality Assurance Short Life Working Group to address these challenges and are developing a robust consumer protection framework. This will ensure only appropriate qualified individuals are able to work on projects promoted under the Programme. Work will be monitored closely to ensure no detrimental effects to households.
9.6. It is essential that there is buy in from both the domestic and non-domestic sector and the Programme aims to provide simple, clear guidance, advice and information to ensure that everyone understands the benefits of the Programme, including both the effects on people's financial situations as well and the health benefits that could be achieved.