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SHR: Assurance Statements will help embed culture of assurance, openness and transparency

Michael Cameron, the regulator’s Chief Executive, was speaking at Scotland’s Housing Network’s Scrutiny and Value for Money Practice Exchange in Glasgow.

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The Scottish Housing Regulator has said that the new Annual Assurance Statements are an important way for social landlords to assure themselves that they comply with regulatory requirements and legal duties. All social landlords need to submit an Annual Assurance Statement to the Scottish Housing Regulator by 31 October this year.

Michael Cameron, the regulator’s Chief Executive, was speaking at Scotland’s Housing Network’s Scrutiny and Value for Money Practice Exchange in Glasgow. He told delegates that the statement is a useful tool that should help governing body members and committees consider the questions to ask of senior managers.

Michael Cameron, SHR Chief Executive, said: “Perhaps more important than the statement itself, is the fact that your boards are getting the right levels of assurance in a way that works for them and your organisation. This is all about effective relationships between the governing body and senior staff, characterised by constructive challenge, collaboration and openness. This has never been more important.”

Mr Cameron shared tips on what landlords’ Assurances Statements should include, discussed some of the approaches landlords are taking, and highlighted the Frequently Asked Questions available on the Regulator’s website.

Read Michael’s speech