Steve theres a number of dimesnsions to this unmentioned so far. HAs are questioned on VFM constantly I agree and have brought in specific skills with some board members (experts not in housing say but in marketing, governance, finance etc) and I have no issue with that or with them being paid for that.
Yet many HAs are insisting the small specialist charities that deliver support and who are their managing agents do the same or inflicting their training on the charities board members. These are unpaid board positions and populated by local people who may not want to travel 50 or 100 miles to HA head office to receive this training. Many of these board members / trustees have been there for decades and many of them started these small specialist charities from scratch.
Such trustees are understandably concerned at this.
Some of the larger HAs with many varied managing agents see this as a tick box exercise - we must give training and be seen to give training to MAs - and the charitable trustees strongly and rightly resent these impositions.
And when these larger HAs say trot out the 'we work in partnership' speech as they nearly always do, these trustees and board members begin to wonder if HAs define 'partnership' in the same way Shapps defines 'affordable.'
Food for thought!