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Welsh regulator to introduce performance standards

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh regulator will introduce a series of governance and viability standards for the first time, as part of a package to take housing associations off the national balance sheet.

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Midlands association downgraded over governance concerns

30/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Wrekin Housing Group (WHG) has been downgraded by the housing regulator due to weaknesses in risk management across its large group structure.

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Large housing association rated 'non-compliant'

11/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The social housing regulator has downgraded a housing association’s governance to a non-compliant rating over “significant weaknesses” in its information about its housing stock.

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Association receives downgrade over VFM

17/03/2016 | By Carl Brown , Heather Spurr

A housing association has today had its governance rating downgraded over its value-for-money self-assessment.

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Landlord downgraded over gas safety

24/02/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association has received a governance downgrade from the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out gas safety checks on 160 properties.

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Welsh Government blocks release of report into HA

19/02/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has refused to release details of its report into mismanagement at a housing association.

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Scottish regulator takes action against association

12/02/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator has taken action against a housing association in Paisley after finding “serious weaknesses” in the landlord’s governance and management of finances.

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Associations 'missed decimal points' in data errors

13/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations missed decimal points and entered monthly figures as years in a range of errors in official statements submitted to the English social housing regulator.

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Report finds mismanagement at Welsh landlord

06/01/2016 | By Corin Williams

A Welsh Government-commissioned report into housing association Tai Cantref found evidence of mismanagement, Inside Housing understands.

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Housing association downgraded over auditing

16/12/2015 | By Carl Brown

A Norfolk-based housing association has had its governance rating downgraded over concerns about a new auditing system.

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Regulator scales down action with two associations

09/12/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

The Scottish Housing Regulator has scaled down its interventions at two associations previously found to have serious weaknesses.

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99% of housing associations hit HCA deadline

04/11/2015 | By Chloë Stothart

Almost all housing associations have hit the deadline for submission of their revised business plans to the regulator following the government’s rent reduction announcement.

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HCA downgrades landlord over data errors

28/10/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has downgraded the governance rating of a South West housing association over repeated errors in data submissions.

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Plus Dane given ratings boost after overhaul

30/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

Plus Dane has had its governance rating upgraded and now complies with all regulatory standards, following a drastic overhaul of its governance and finances.

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Regulator demands urgent action from association

11/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

The Welsh Government has issued a severely critical regulatory judgement on Tai Calon Community Housing in response to a failure by its management team that led to a £2.6m deficit.

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Housing association's future under threat

04/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

A supported housing provider may no longer have a future as a viable, independent business following a liquidity crisis, the social housing regulator has warned.

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Regulator penalises another landlord for late accounts

02/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has penalised another small social landlord for failing to file accounts on time.

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Landlord receives governance rating upgrade

26/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands housing association now complies with regulatory standards following a governance rating upgrade today.

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HCA names late accounts culprits

13/08/2015 | By Chloe Stothart , Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator is now naming smaller providers which have missed financial reporting deadlines as part of a new ‘transparent’ approach.

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HCA admonishes nine for late accounts

12/08/2015 | By Chloë Stothart

Nine small housing associations have been admonished by the English social housing regulator for late submission of financial statements.

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07/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

What are the biggest risks for housing associations - and are they well placed to tackle them? Inside Housing and Zurich Municipal brought together an expert panel to find out. Heather Spurr reports

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Welsh Government launches inquiry into landlord

30/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has launched a statutory inquiry into a social landlord relating to a number of allegations surrounding the organisation.

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Landlord explains decision to remain independent

29/07/2015 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of only the third landlord that failed to meet financial viability standards has explained the organisation’s decision not to seek a merger partner.

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HCA downgrades two associations in continuing trend

29/07/2015 | By Carl Brown

The social housing regulator has issued two more financial viability rating downgrades, as the trend for lower gradings in the sector continues.

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Associations 'facing downgrades' over asset registers

24/06/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations in England could face regulatory downgrades if the Homes and Communities Agency uncovers insufficient asset and liability registers in its new in-depth assessments.

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'A third of tenant data is inaccurate'

24/06/2015 | By Jess McCabe

More than a third of data that social landlords hold on tenants is inaccurate or missing, according to a tech supplier to the housing sector.

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HCA reveals 'in-depth assessment' process

19/06/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has set out the way it will conduct in-depth assessments (IDAs) of housing associations.

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Community champion

18/06/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

The tenant-focused business model of the Preston Community Gateway Association means that chief executive Diane Bellinger is swimming against the fashionable tide. But, she tells Martin Hilditch, 10 years on the association is still making a splash

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Benefit rules

27/05/2015 | By Liam Preston

Liam Preston, policy officer at the YMCA charity, has come up with six things you need to know about the government plan to remove the automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

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HCA downgrades landlord over 'key exposures'

27/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has downgraded the financial viability rating of a housing association due to ‘key exposures’.

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High Court orders landlord to pay £300k to contractor

27/05/2015 | By Corin Williams

A housing association has been ordered by a High Court judge to pay more than £300,000 to a repairs contractor following a long-term legal dispute.

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Ashby clarifies definition of 'entirely acceptable' V2 rating

21/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The English social housing regulator has clarified its definition of financial viability standards and confirmed it is ‘entirely acceptable’ for associations to drop down to the second notch.

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Increase in viability downgrades to V2

08/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator is downgrading more landlords’ financial viability ratings as it anticipates a riskier operating environment for the sector.

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Missed gas test 'exposed tenants to serious harm'

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A social landlord exposed vulnerable tenants to ‘the risk of serious harm for a significant period’ by failing to carry out gas safety checks, the housing watchdog has said.

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HCA downgrades five over financial risks

29/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has downgraded the financial viability ratings of five landlords.

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Repairing trust

17/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

When Circle Housing entered into a £350m repairs contract in 2013, little did it know that within 18 months the deal would be cancelled amid blistering criticism of ‘chronic failure’ from the regulator. Pete Apps reports

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Landlord downgraded after risking covenant breaches

02/04/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Asra Housing Group has had its governance and viability rating downgraded by the housing regulator after it was exposed to covenant breaches.

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Regulator slams giant landlord for 'chronic' repairs failings

02/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

‘Chronic failures’ resulting in ‘exceptionally poor provision of repairs’ has seen one of the UK’s largest social landlords ranked non-compliant by the sector watchdog.

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Credit agencies welcome regulatory framework

31/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

The three major credit agencies for the housing association sector have welcomed the Homes and Communities Agency’s new regulatory framework as credit positive.

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Associations face downgrades for providing poor data

19/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are facing regulatory downgrades for providing poor or misleading data to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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Landlord receives downgrade for running low on spare cash

13/03/2015 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has been downgraded by the social housing regulator after running low on reserve borrowing in breach of its own policies.

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13/03/2015

Is your organisation a ‘steady Eddie’, or a risk taker heading for disaster? Consultancy Campbell Tickell has its tongue mostly in cheek in this Cosmopolitan-style quiz

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Councillors call for legal action against Circle

03/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Councillors have called on the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to explore taking legal action against Circle Housing Group over its repairs performance.

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HCA concerned about association's ability to protect social assets

28/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has warned that it lacks assurance that a Sunderland-based housing association can fully protect its social housing assets in the face of commercial risk.

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The value for money challenge

23/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

As the HCA prepares to issue a fresh batch of value for money downgrades, how are landlords feeling about the self-assessment process this year?

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Hostel provider on housing regulator's 'watch list'

20/01/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A supported housing provider has been put on the English social housing regulator’s ‘watch list’ today, following concerns over its governance and financial viability.

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Landlords 'exposed tenants to potential serious harm'

12/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

Two social landlords exposed tenants to potential serious harm in breach of regulatory standards, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said today.

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Association rapped by regulator over incorrect data

08/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has been given a governance rating downgrade for giving incorrect financial information to the English social housing regulator.

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Regulator board member cleared of conduct code breach

22/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) board member has been cleared of breaching a code of conduct after sending an abusive tweet to Alex Salmond.

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Landlord receives downgrade over value for money failure

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has had its governance rating downgraded for failing to follow value for money rules.

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Hostel provider 'breached regulatory standards'

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A small hostel operator has breached regulatory standards and is being helped by a larger landlord after finding it had ‘unanticipated’ liabilities.

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Regulator appoints manager for first time after damning report

09/12/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish housing watchdog has appointed an external manager to a social landlord after finding ‘serious weaknesses in its governance and financial management’.

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HCA upgrades governance ratings for three landlords

26/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Three housing associations have today had their governance ratings upgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

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Association shelves merger following double downgrade

24/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has halted merger talks following its second regulatory downgrade in the space of three months.

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Regulator appoints four board members to failing co-operative

12/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed four board members to a tenants’ co-operative after ‘repeated disagreements and conflict’ saw it fail regulatory standards.

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Midlands landlord placed on regulator's 'watch list'

11/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A 3,500-home Birmingham landlord has been placed on the regulator’s ‘watch list’ of landlords at risk of not complying with its standards.

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HCA to outsource viability assessment works

30/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

The English social housing regulator is to outsource viability assessment work for up to 40 housing associations to consultants because of staff shortages.

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Two London associations receive regulatory upgrades

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Two London housing associations previously in breach of regulatory standards have now been found to comply with Homes and Communities Agency rules.

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Regulation of Northern Ireland's social landlords to become less 'intrusive'

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A loosening of the regulatory burden for housing associations in Northern Ireland may be in place by next year with an independent regulator a possibility for the longer term, the social development minister announced today.

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Troubled landlord set for imminent merger

23/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

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