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Update for finance staff March 2020

There have been a number of updates recently of interest to finance staff. An outline is provided here.

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Chancellor announces changes to Universal Credit in light of the Covid-19 emergency

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, announced a range of changes to Universal Credit, some of which were in direct response to the Covid-19 emergency.

DWP prepares to rollout new payment system

The DWP is preparing to roll out to social landlords a new direct payment system, to replace the four weekly third party creditor schedule for Managed Payments to Landlords and UC Scottish Choices Direct Payments. The four weekly payment schedule will still be used, however, for third party deductions against arrears of rent.

Work and Pensions Committee seeks evidence on the effect of the five week wait

The Work and Pensions Committee, under its new Chair, Stephen Timms MP, has launched an inquiry into Universal Credit, in particular, focussing on the effect and consequences to claimants of the five-week wait for first payment.

SFHA Model Rules 2020 and Supporting Guidance now available

SFHA has received confirmation of approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the SFHA Charitable Model Rules 2020. These are now available to all members. The documents can also be made available to RSLs who are not members of SFHA for a fee of £500.   

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FOI statistics so far (Nov - Dec 2019)

The Scottish Information Commissioner has shared some initial statistics on Freedom of Information requests in the sector between 11 November and 31 Dec 2019.   There were a total of 204 requests, with more details outlined below.

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Finance Forum Documents 2020

Within this article you will find copies of the documentation from the SFHA Finance Forums from 2020.

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Model Rules Review Reaches Final Stage

The review of the SFHA Model Rules has now reached the final stage, having received approval from the Scottish Housing Regulator and OSCR.   The revised Model has now been forwarded to the FCA for registration.   SFHA is hopeful that this will be a quick process but it is dependent on any further amendments that may be requested by the FCA.   We will keep members informed as this progresses and hope to be in a position to publish by the end of January. ​​Many thanks to everyone who fed into the review process, and a further member consultation on the Supporting Guidance to the Model Rules will begin in the next few days.

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Equalities guidance consultation goes ahead

Housing associations invited to take part in via a telephone interview and questionnaire.

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SFHA COVID-19 briefing notes

SFHA produces COVID-19 briefings.

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Kensa becomes SFHA sector associate

Supporting Scotland’s ambitions for the decarbonisation of heat

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UK Government agrees measures with energy industry to support vulnerable people through COVID-19

Proposals agreed to ensure vulnerable customers who may fall into debt remain supplied with energy while in self isolation.

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RSL Homelessness Prevention Fund: Update

In light of the gloabal COVID-19 pandemic, SFHA Policy Lead Zhan McIntyre advises that the launch of the RSL Homelessness Prevention Fund has been postponed until further notice.

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Final EESSH1 Guidance for Social Landlords published

The guidance has been updated with information relating to EESSH2 and changes brought in through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2019.

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Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry: Roundtable goes virtual

Roundtable cancelled as a preventative measure against the Covid-19 emergency.

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Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into the five-week wait

Work and Pensions Committee calls for submissions to its inquiry on Universal Credit.

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