Self Assessment

Governance Framework

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SHN governance self-assessment tool to provide
evidence for Assurance Statement

Governance is defined the Scottish Housing Regulator as ‘the arrangements for the leadership, strategic direction and control of a Registered Social landlord’.

All RSLs must comply with the Scottish Housing Regulator’s Regulatory Standards and Guidance and, by doing so, demonstrate effective governance and sound financial management and deliver good outcomes for customers.

RSLs are responsible for the standards of conduct within their own organisations and are publicly accountable to their tenants, other service users, funders and other stakeholders for the governance arrangements and decisions they make.

To ensure highest possible compliance with the Regulatory Standards, RSLs are required to carry out self-assessment which is the fundamental building block of producing an Assurance Statement.

This tool has been designed to facilitate a comprehensive self-assessment of the level of compliance with Regulatory Standards which apply from 1st April 2019.

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Landlords should regularly assess their achievement of Regulatory Standards, doing so at least once every three years.

Self-assessment of landlord’s performance against all of the Regulatory Standards, needs to be:

  • comprehensive and needs to involve review of all aspects of landlord’s governance framework.
  • inclusive – it needs to seek views and evidence for the self-assessment from governing body members, relevant staff and, where appropriate, other stakeholders including tenants.
  • based on clear evidence – and include conclusions and improvement actions.
  • objective by rigorously challenging the assessment of landlord’s performance, with independent assurance where necessary.
  • focused on improvement and identify clear actions to improve
  • closely monitored

The outcomes of self-assessment need to be reported to tenants and service users.