Housing governance and regulatory products

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The housing corporate and governance team at Penningtons Manches Cooper has developed a set of targeted products and toolkits for use by the social housing sector.

The products offer value for money and provide a user-friendly solution to key issues faced by social housing providers. They are all available at competitive fixed prices and are designed to aid organisations in demonstrating compliance with various legal, regulatory and governance requirements.

Our available products include:

Governance framework assurance toolkit

Our governance framework assurance toolkit provides a deep dive into key legal, regulatory and best practice provisions which should form part of every provider’s governance framework.

Alongside considering core governance documentation, including constitutions and policies and procedures, the toolkit details which legal and/or regulatory sources require documentation/policies to be in place and best practice when it comes to implementing appropriate and robust governance framework documentation.

The toolkit’s user-friendly format also clearly sets out who should be approving the documentation (the board, a committee etc) and how regularly it is recommended that each document should be reviewed.

The toolkit builds in requirements of the National Housing Federation Code of Governance 2020 as well as flagging wider considerations associated with anticipated upcoming legal and regulatory changes. 

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Equality, diversity and inclusion policy template

A template equality, diversity and inclusion policy, drafted in partnership with the Housing Diversity Network, to aid providers in preparing their equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and demonstrating compliance with the new requirements of the National Housing Federation Code of Governance 2020. The template policy covers all legal and regulatory requirements as well as providing useful guidance and best practice learning to help providers to tailor the document and to produce a bespoke policy suited to each organisation’s needs.

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Legal compliance and regulatory webinars training package

A suite of interactive online webinars aimed at registered and exempt charities and registered providers of social housing (and their wider group structures) which can be accessed throughout the year. The webinars enable organisations to meet their essential board and senior management team training needs as well as legal and regulatory obligations to receive regular training. They include the following topics:

  • directors’ duties and responsibilities;
  • implications of being a registered provider of social housing; and
  • charity trustees – duties, investment guidance and evidencing independence.

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Collaboration in the housing sector toolkit

A collaboration toolkit for registered providers of social housing (and their wider group structures) to equip their teams with the knowledge they need when considering opportunities for collaboration either within the sector or with external partners. The toolkit will enable organisations to demonstrate they have complied with statutory and regulatory requirements when considering opportunities for collaboration including: corporate and contractual joint ventures, partnerships, cost sharing vehicles and more.

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Execution requirements toolkit

An execution toolkit aimed at registered providers of social housing (and their wider group structures) to ensure organisations are complying with statutory and regulatory requirements when executing legal documents, including electronic execution, deeds and contracts. The toolkit contains an advice note on the requirements as well as a user-friendly checklist to use as a compliance and assurance tool to encourage group-wide compliance with requirements.

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