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Regulator underlines importance of RSL governance self-assessment

SHR addresses delegates at SFHA’s Chairs’ Conference 

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Regular governance self-assessment is an important tool to help RSLs maintain strong governance, the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) said at a conference last week.

SHR Board member Simon Little addressed delegates at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ annual Chairs’ Conference. Mr Little noted the many challenges, including developing new homes and responding to welfare reform changes, facing RSLs. He highlighted the importance of strong governance to help manage these challenges.

Simon Little said:

“A well-governed social landlord is one which is well-run and focused on delivering good quality and good value services to its tenants. But good governance doesn’t happen automatically. It has to be actively worked at. Carrying out regular and robust self-assessments gives assurance about the running of the organisation and helps identify any issues for improvement.”

Mr Little said to delegates that they play a crucial role, as chairs and leaders of their organisations, in ensuring governance is as strong as it can be.

SHR is currently examining governance self-assessment practice in the sector to support good governance. It will publish a report of its findings, which will include recommendations and examples of positive practice.