SHR Liaison Group Meeting
Kay Blair Board Room
SHR 6th Floor
Tuesday 12 March 2019
11.00 am to 14.00 pm
In attendance: Bill Chapman, Leonora Montgomery, Cameron Grant, Tom Allan, Heather Cuthbert, Bruce Cuthbertson, Mac Mackenzie and June Anderson, Kelda McMichael (SHR), Tracey McAlpine (SHR)
Apologies: Angela Sulo
Minute of 27 November 2018 agreed as correct by Tom Allan
and Mac MacKenzie
General agreement on the minor changes made. SHR to review points 1.2 and 1.3 before issuing revised document.
Kelda McMichael talked through the new framework. She noted the following.
Kelda provided the group with an update on the Charter Review which concerns figures collected from 1 April 2019 onwards. SHR has now published new Charter technical guidance which will apply to Charter returns due in May 2020
Kelda made the group aware of the Brexit circular
Removal of Consents
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reclassified RSLs as public non-financial corporations.
SHR wrote to all RSLs to make them aware of changes to the legal position around regulatory consents to disposals of land or assets and to constitutional and organisational changes. The provisions of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018 removed the Regulator’s powers of consent under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 come in to force on 8 March 2019. This means that from 8 March 2019 RSLs do not need to apply to the Regulator for consent to disposals of land or assets and to constitutional and organisational changes.
From 8 March 2019 RSLs are required to notify the Regulator of relevant disposals and constitutional and organisational changes, and to notify it of the outcome of tenant consultation where that is required by the 2010 Act. The Regulator issued guidance on such notifications in February.
Risk Assessment process
This year sees a change to the Risk Assessment, Kelda set out the new process, and explained how it has changed from previous years. She highlighted the Local Authority information around Homelessness and noted that Local Authority Engagement Plans can be viewed on SHR’s website from 1 April.
Group were up-dated on new BACS process
The Tenant participation strategy we currently have in place is for 2016-2018. One of our work tasks in the next financial year will be to update this.
Region 1 – On going discussions relating to the SHR framework. Discussions relating to Domestic Abuse and Homelessness are also on-going. All regions working on a short life working group in relation to a Common Housing Register (CHR) for Veterans this is a nationwide discussion taking in the home counties. AGM 11 May
Region 2 – looking at the CHR for Veterans. Lesley Baird from TPAS was also out for a chat with the group.
Region 3 – looking at the CHR for Veterans. The group is also discussing the Regional Network Survey AGM 3 June
Region 4 – Domestic Abuse and Homelessness on the agenda, HRA scrutiny panel being set up, fire safety panel met and highlighted they were disappointed no one from fire brigade was there.
Bruce Cuthbertson has been selected to deputise for Bill Chapman should Bill not be able to attend SHT:RTO meetings
18 June 2019