The Scottish Housing Regulator today published its annual report and accounts for 2020/21.
The report highlights the work the Regulator did last year to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants, people who are homeless, and others who use the services of social landlords.
George Walker, the Regulator’s Chair, said: “This year, our Annual Report reflects on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognises the unprecedented circumstances social landlords continue to operate in.
“Over the past year, we’ve realigned our regulatory approach to focus on supporting social landlords, the Social Housing Resilience Group and Scottish Government in its response to the pandemic.
“We worked to adjust our approach to respond to the pandemic. We made temporary adjustments to our regulatory framework, restated our Corporate Plan and worked with the Social Housing Resilience Group.
“Throughout the year, we collected and published monthly information on the impact of the pandemic to support the work of the Social Housing Resilience Group and the Scottish Government in its response to the pandemic.
“Alongside this, we continued to focus on regulating to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and service users focusing on the most critical cases and risks that emerged during the pandemic.
“Looking ahead to 2021/22 and beyond, recovery and resetting from the impact of the pandemic with be a major feature for us all. Brexit continues to present risks and uncertainties.
“Homelessness and the safety of tenants and residents will remain priorities for us, and climate change and carbon zero initiatives are high on the agenda, with COP26 as an important backdrop.
“We will continue to work with social landlords, tenants and service users, the Social Housing Resilience Group and all of our stakeholders as we all continue to work to tackle the challenges ahead.”
Notes to editors
- The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012. The Regulator consists of the Chair and eight Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at housingregulator.gov.scot
- SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.