The Scottish Housing Regulator today underlined the importance of RSL boards ensuring that the information they use to make decisions and oversee performance is accurate before they submit it to the Regulator.
Michael Cameron, the Scottish Housing Regulator’s chief executive, was speaking to chairs of RSLs at SHARE’s Chairs’ Retreat in Seamill. He highlighted the critical role of good quality information and data in effective self-assurance and good governance.
Speaking to chairs of RSLs, Mr Cameron said, “In getting the assurance you need to make the Annual Assurance Statement for your landlord, you will use a range of data and information about your performance, about the condition of your houses, and about your management of the organisation’s finances. You must have confidence in the information and data that your organisation gives to you, that it is accurate and reliable, before you use it to make decisions and before you submit it to the Regulator. And no more so than for information and data on your landlord’s performance in ensuring the safety of your tenants’ homes.”
Mr Cameron made his remarks as RSLs across Scotland will be preparing to submit to the Regulator their Annual Return on the Charter, and as they start to prepare their first Annual Assurance Statement.
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 www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk
- SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities.
- SHR sets its approach to regulation in its Regulatory Framework.