The Scottish Housing Regulator has today published this year’s Annual Assurance Statements (Statements) submitted by social landlords. The Regulator requires all social landlords to submit a Statement each year to confirm that they meet regulatory standards and requirements or to set out how they will address any areas of non-compliance.
Michael Cameron, Chief Executive at the Regulator said:
“We recognise the efforts landlords have made to prepare and submit their statements whilst they continue to work to tackle the challenges of COVID-19.
“We hope the process has helped them to identify the extent to which COVID-19 may continue to impact on their ability to deliver services and comply with requirements, and that this supports their recovery planning.
“This year for the first time, we also asked landlords to provide us with assurance in their Statements that they have appropriate plans to implement an effective approach to the collection of equalities information and that they have started to consider how they can adopt a human rights approach in their work.
“We will assess the Statements as part of our annual risk assessment and publish the outcomes from this in updated Engagement Plans for each landlord by March 2022. This will include any changes to the regulatory status for RSLs.”
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.