May 2022

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 ...

March 2022
wales (1)

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
December 2021

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 ...

May 2021
Fire Safety

How will the Fire Safety Act 2021 impact Social Housing?

On Monday 26 April there was another cladding fire in a housing association block at Crystal Court in Thornton Heath, Croydon owned by Orbit Housing Association, fortunately no one was seriously injured but damage was caused to two flats. The week also brings news that the Fire Safety Bill has passed through the Houses of Commons and Lords without amendment and received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021. It applies to England and Wales. Separate fire safety legislation is in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Make sure you are aware of your responsibilities under the Act. The new Act will • amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder (i.e. the landlord, owner, facilities manager, building manager, managing agent, risk assessor or anyone else with control of the premises) responsible for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for: o the structure and external walls of the building, including ...

Salix Homes Recruiting Board Members

Salix Homes owns and manages around 7900 homes across Salford, Greater Manchester. Approximately one in ten people in the area live in one of our homes - so we are an integral part of the local community and ideally positioned to make a real difference to people’s lives. We work hard to understand the things that matter most to our customers and design our services around their needs. We’re rethinking housing to find new ways to deliver excellent customer services and innovative solutions to housing Looking forward, we continue to anticipate and adapt to a fast changing agenda, with an emphasis on quality, value for money services, safety of our homes, developing new homes and promoting Salix Homes as a great place to work. To support these ambitions, we now wish to appoint two new Board Members who are looking to invest their expertise and experience on behalf of others. As a Board member, you’ll play a part in scrutinising and developing our organisation’s ...

February 2021