Dalmuir Park to remain as independent association as Regulator ends statutory intervention

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has decided to end its statutory intervention at Dalmuir Park Housing Association (DPHA) after just 16 months.

In December 2017, the Regulator placed the Association in high engagement due to serious misconduct, mismanagement and non-compliance with Regulatory Standards within the Association.

Dalmuir Park to remain as independent association as Regulator ends statutory intervention

DPHA chair Gordon Laurie

SHR appointed a statutory manager and seven appointees onto the management committee to support the elected committee and staff team to drive the required change and improvement.

Now after just 16 months since its initial intervention, SHR has reviewed progress and decided to end the statutory intervention on March 31.

The move follows DPHA’s recent decision, taken after a long and detailed review of options, that it will stay an independent local housing association for the period ahead. The management committee made this decision after listening to the views of its tenants.

It also reflected on the positive transformation of DPHA over just 16 months which has seen a complete overhaul in governance, much improved performance and financial health, reduced management costs to keep rent increases affordable and investment being delivered in stock.

Gordon Laurie, chair at DPHA, said: “We welcome the confidence SHR has shown in DPHA to end their statutory intervention. We will continue to work closely with SHR to update them on progress with our wide ranging plans to keep improvements going. Our initial focus will be on further strengthening our Committee and getting the right leadership and staff structure in place to deliver our ambitious plans so that we play a lead role in making Dalmuir a great place to live.”

The five remaining statutory appointees on the management committee have committed to stay on the governing body on a voluntary basis with the other elected members to help bed in the changes.

Ian Brennan, director of regulation at the Scottish Housing Regulator, said: “We have decided to end our statutory intervention at Dalmuir Park as the Association has now addressed the issues which led to our intervention.

“The Association has worked constructively with the statutory manager and appointees. It has strengthened its governance, improved its operational and financial performance, and it has reduced costs in the process. 

“Dalmuir Park has completed a strategic review and has decided to remain as an independent organisation. The Association is currently working towards compliance with the Regulatory Standards. We will continue to engage with Dalmuir Park as it works to achieve full compliance with the standards and further embed the positive changes it has made.”

Craig Edward, vice chair and local resident, added: “Thinking back to when DPHA went into high engagement, the transformation to DPHA today is incredible. All of the committee and staff team have worked really hard to achieve this. We pass our sincere thanks to the team at the SHR and to our Statutory Manager and appointees for all their help and support over this period to help us achieve what we have and to set us on a strong course for the future to best serve our tenants and service users.”

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