The Scottish Housing Regulator has pledged that safeguarding and promoting tenants’ and service users’ interests will remain a priority as the organisation published a summary of its work in 2018/19.
Highlights of the Regulator’s programme for the year ahead include a national charter analysis and individual landlord reports in August, a planned programme of engagement with 64 RSLs and 20 local authorities as well as a major consultation on the future of regulation of social housing in Scotland.
The Regulatory Framework, explains how the Regulator operates its statutory powers and duties, will be reviewed this year, including a review of Charter indicators. The Regulator plans to work closely with stakeholders on the review and formally consult later in 2018.
Michael Cameron, chief executive, said: “This year we will keep tenants at the heart of our work as we engage with RSLs and local authorities. We will work closely with our stakeholders to deliver a new Regulatory Framework.
“We will use the review of the Framework as an opportunity to reflect with our stakeholders and develop the ideas that came out of the discussion paper we published earlier this year. This is hugely important for us and for landlords, tenants, lenders and everyone with an interest in our work.”
In the summary, which is available on the its website, the Regulator sets out the following:
Planned Regulatory Work
We will carry out planned engagement as described in regulation plans for RSLs and scrutiny plans for Local Authorities
We will publish information on the indicators that we will use to assess risk in November
We will assess risk for RSLs & Local Authorities and publish the outcome in March
Scottish Social Housing Charter & financial analysis
Collect performance information from all social landlords
Test quality of Charter data with landlords by June
Publish landlord reports & our updated online comparison tool by August
Publish our national report on the Charter by August
Publish key financial metrics for RSLs in November
Report on RSL borrowing by November & the financial health of RSLs by March
We will oversee current and any future statutory intervention cases.
We will publish accounts of our statutory interventions.
We will publish a lessons learned report on our first three concluded statutory intervention cases.
Involving tenants and our other stakeholders
We will involve tenants though our National Panel of more than 400 Tenants and Service Users
We will engage with the RTO Regional Network
We will closely engage all our stakeholders in our work during 2018/19, especially as we develop our new Regulatory Framework and consult formally on this.
Regulatory Framework Review
We will use the valuable feedback gathered from stakeholders during the discussion to draft a new Framework and associated guidance.
We will formally consult on the new Framework and associated guidance
We will take account of any changes brought about by new legislation.
We will review and consult on revised Charter indicators
Our Corporate Work
We will comply with our duties as a Scottish Public body. As part of these we will:
Publish a statement on our compliance with public services requirements in August
Publish a sign language plan in October
Submit a climate change report in November
We will also:
Prepare for and work in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation
Manage a new Business Intelligence contract
Work within our revenue budget settlement of £3.885m
Lay our 2017/18 annual report & accounts before the Scottish Parliament in September
Promote opportunities to join our Board in April 2019
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