September 2022
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Muir Group Case Study

Muir was established in 1968 and formally registered as a housing association in 1976. At the time of our review Muir Group owned and managed more than 5,500 homes across the country, providing a range of housing solutions and associated services to meet the needs of existing and potential customers. The Group Board had 9 non-executive directors and 1 executive director (the Chief Executive). The Group structure was uncomplicated and, in common with similar organisations of its size, kept the number of Group committees to a minimum (Audit and Risk and HR and Governance). In addition, Muir had formally constituted the National Residents Group, which formed part of the Group's governance structure. Muir's only subsidiary was an active commercial subsidiary company, wholly owned by Muir Group Housing Association. About the review The Muir Group (the Group) commissioned BDA to undertake a Governance review in January 2020. Muir had previously commissioned a comprehensive revie ...

April 2022
March 2022
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Virtual Chair’s Training

Starting Monday 28 March.
This course will run on Mondays across 3 online sessions.

Take your chairing skills to a new level. Join our sessions to share and find out how to lead your organisation or committee  in virtual and face to face meetings.
This 3 session Masterclass will increase your confidence, so you are effective in this challenging role.

We’re hiring!

We, at the BDA ( are looking for a part time Book keeper/Finance Assistant. The role would be approx. 6-8 hours a week and you are able to work from home. We are a small company so you would need to be willing to learn about other aspects of the company and help out where needed.   The Role will include  preparing invoices on SAGE  input payments to suppliers/contractors on SAGE  complete bank reconciliations on SAGE  manage the online banking (including payment of consultants).  prepare VAT returns quarterly on SAGE and submit electronically.  run payroll each month, manage employee contracts for new staff, manage and monitor staff holiday amounts  monitoring income and expenditure during the year and producing summary reports for the directors  liaise with accountant annually to provide information for them to prepare accounts.  manage new sign up and renewals of our two subscription services (liaising with customers ove ...

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The new Regulatory Framework for Housing Associations in Wales

A new framework came into effect from January 2022, replacing the once that had been in place since 2017. It explains how Housing Associations are regulated in Wales and key aspects of the previous framework remain in place. For example, co-regulation, regulated self-evaluation and risk-based regulation remain central to the overall approach. The new framework has been designed to reflect changes to housing associations' operating environment since 2017 and to emphasise the importance of hearing the Tenants' Voice and keeping tenants safe in their homes. So what are the main differences? Nine new, outcome focused, regulatory standards A new approach to assessment based on a programme of Full Regulatory Assessment Reviews (FRAR) or more ‘light touch’ Regulatory Assessment Reviews (RARs). This new model will start some time in 2022/23 financial year. Until then a Transition Regulatory Review process (TRR) will take place focusing on an association’s compliance with the new ...

February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
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Christmas Hours

We have completed our webinar & training program for this year. Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again in 2022. Our first Webinar - 2022 The Housing Challenges ahead will be 1pm on 6 January. Please note our enquiry emails will be monitored intermittently between 24th and 6th January. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


STAR Case Study

STAR Case Study About STAR Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STAR) is an ALMO based in Shrewsbury with around 4,200 homes and a small but successful development programme. Local services are delivered from two offices in Bridgnorth and Oswestry. Set up in 2013, STAR had received a 'good' level (the highest possible grade) of assurance for Governance following an internal audit by Shropshire Council's Audit Services in 2020. 2020 had also seen the recruitment of new independent members which increased Board capacity, bringing in fresh perspectives and skills. However, following the introduction of the new NHF Code of Governance and the housing White Paper, as well as the effects of a year dominated by the impacts of Covis-19, STAR approached BDA for an independent governance review. About the review In a rapidly changing environment, STAR, like all organisations, was facing a period of continued uncertainty and upheaval. This was not just down to the pandemic; new expec ...