The Regional Networks are now well established and have contributed to a Scottish Government national policy in various way.
We have contributed to the Housing (Scotland) Acts 2010 and 2014 and helped develop the Scottish Social Housing Charter. Their influence resulted in Local Authorities being regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) along with Registered Social Landlords.
Given written and oral evidence to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment committee, during the consultation on the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, resulting in landlords being required to involve their tenants in preparing their Annual Return of the Charter (ARC) to the SHR.
Developed effective engagement and influence with the SHR and have set up an SHR liaison group which meets quarterly with the SHR.
Challenged the Scottish Government to produce more robust guidance regarding the operation of Local Authority Housing Revenue Accounts which resulted in new guidance being issued.
Fully participate in Scottish Government working groups such as the Housing and Social Security Group (H&SS) , Joint Housing Policy Delivery group (JHPDG) and Age, Home and Community Advisory Group. Having members on these groups helps shape future policy direction.
We are currently responding to the Consultation on extending Freedom of Informtation to Registered Social Landlords and the Consultation on Private Tenancies.