10 August 2012 Issue 1

Welcome to our first SHR Update newsletter

Kay Blair, Chair

Welcome to our first SHR Update newsletter as the new independent regulator of Scotland's social landlords. 

It’s been a really busy few months since the start of April when we took on our new regulatory role. We wasted no time in getting down to the business of regulating, with a clear focus on governance, financial heath and securing good outcomes for tenants and other service users. This newsletter gives a flavour of our early work.
I have welcomed the opportunities we’ve had to meet with stakeholders and to hear your views about the issues and challenges ahead. In particular, we have been discussing how we will monitor landlords’ progress against the Scottish Social Housing Charter. I would encourage you to respond to our consultation by 24 August.
The start of April also saw the launch of our website. This newsletter is part of our new style and approach to communications. We’ll be sending out future editions throughout the year and would welcome your feedback and ideas on what you’d like to see.

Kay Blair
SHR Chair

Charter Indicators Consultation

Scottish Social Housing Charter Consultation

We are consulting until 24 August on the indicators we will use to monitor the Scottish Government's Social Housing Charter and how we could present information to tenants on their landlord's performance on the indicators. These indicators will be a key part of our regulatory framework and we have worked with tenants and social landlords to develop them.  Read More >

Publication of Recommended Practice

Recommended Practice

We have launched two Recommended Practice publications focusing on Business Planning and Strategic Asset Management.  
Michael Cameron, SHR Chief Executive, said “Publishing clear, practical, accessible information for social landlords is one way in which we can help landlords to drive their own improvement and deliver value for money. Read More>

Launch of our Consultation and Involvement Strategy

Consultation and Involvement Strategy

Our Consultation and Involvement Strategy shows how we will actively involve tenants, homeless people and others who use social landlords' housing services in our work.

New initiatives set out in the strategy include a National Panel of Tenants and Service Users and surveys of all Registered Tenant Organisations (RTOs), alongside regular dialogue with each RTO Regional Network. Read More>

SHR at the Scottish Parliament Infrastructure & Capital Investment Committee

Michael Cameron, Chief Executive

Kay Blair and Michael Cameron met recently with the Scottish Parliament Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee to talk about our new role.  To find out more about what the Committee discussed, visit the Scottish Parliament website.


Follow us on Twitter

Since the relaunch of the new Scottish Housing Regulator, we have also relaunched our Twitter. 

Follow @SHR_news and we'll keep you up to date with news, events and new publications.


Regulation Plans

Every year, we publish Regulation Plans based on our assessments of  RSLs.  All of our Regulation Plans are available on our website.  Read more>


Regulatory Advice Notes

We issue Regulatory Advice Notes to landlords when we want to highlight significant issues and to advise on the actions that landlords should take. 

We have recently issued Regulatory Advice Notes on:


Assurance and Improvement Plans

We work with Audit Scotland and other scrutiny bodies on a joint approach to scrutiny activity for local authorities. This is to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of scrutiny work and minimise the impact of scrutiny activity on each council.

You can view local authority information, inspection reports and the Assurance and Improvement Plans published by Audit Scotland on our website.

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