To make a statement that the Audit Commission advanced social housing is to be at odds with any reality I have seen in the last 8 years. The Audit Commission have caused senior leaders in organisations to undertake unnecessary work. They were fixated with ideas such as IT provides solutions to problems that they didn’t even understand nor have factual data about. If it was considered to be ‘best practice’ by them de facto it had to be done if you wanted a good star rating. If you didn’t follow their dicktats then you were punished.
I know a number of senior leadership teams who spent hundreds of thousands of pounds getting consultants in to prepare staff with the right scripts to tell the inspectors. Nothing to do with reality; just playing a game. Just think of how many repairs could have been done with the same money spent on these preparations. I think the Audit Commission, like the Queen, must have thought the world smelled of fresh paint.
If you complied with Audit Commission you could just about guarantee you were doing the wrong thing wronger. The Audit Commission can take no credit for bringing a customer focus to organisations. The Audit Commission was part of the problem not part of the solution.
No method, just dogma, no idea and now no future.
I salute Eric Pickles for removing this quango. Best decision he has made. Many good honest housing professionals will be silently thanking you Eric. Well done.