Why we are engaging with Argyll Community Housing Association Ltd (ACHA).
We are engaging with ACHA about its development plans and because it is a systemically important landlord.
We refer to a small number of RSLs as systemically important because of their stock size, turnover or level of debt or because of their significance within their area of operation. We need to maintain a comprehensive understanding of how their business models operate, and how they manage the risks they face and the impact these may have. So we seek some additional assurance each year through our engagement plans. Given ACHA’s significance in its area of operation we consider it to be systemically important.
ACHA has plans to grow through a programme of new homes for social rent and will receive significant public subsidy to help achieve this.
What ACHA must do
- provide copies of its Board and audit committee minutes as they become available;
- send us by 30 April 2023:
- its approved business plan and report to the Board about the business plan;
- its risk register; and
- evidence of how it demonstrates affordability for its tenants.
- send us an update on its development programme by 31 October 2023. This will include its latest report to the governing body/appropriate committee about development and details of the scale and tenure mix, timescales for delivery and any material delays or changes to the programme; and
- tell us if there are any material adverse changes to its development plans which might affect its financial position or reputation, in line with our notifiable events guidance.
What we will do
- review the minutes of the Board and audit committee meetings and liaise as necessary;
- review the business plan;
- observe ACHA’s board;
- meet with ACHA’s senior staff to discuss the business plan and risks to the organisation;
- review the development update and engage as necessary; and
- update our published engagement plan in the light of any material change to our planned engagement with ACHA.
ACHA must provide us with the following annual regulatory returns and alert us to notifiable events as appropriate:
- Annual Assurance Statement;
- audited financial statements and external auditor’s management letter;
- loan portfolio return;
- five year financial projections; and
- Annual Return on the Charter.
It should also notify us of any material changes to its Annual Assurance Statement, and any tenant and resident safety matter which has been reported to or is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive or reports from regulatory or statutory authorities or insurance providers, relating to safety concerns.