East Renfrewshire Council makes good progress

30 November 2012

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published its report on East Renfrewshire Council’s housing service’s approach to asset management. 
Lesley Kerr, Acting Head of Inspection at the Scottish Housing Regulator, said:
“The Council has made good progress.  We found that the Council now has a good appreciation of the condition of its houses and the work necessary to bring them up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.  Our report identifies a small number of areas where the Council could further improve its approach.”
Read East Renfrewshire Inquiry Report

Notes to editors: 

1. Full details of the East Renfrewshire Council inquiry report can be found on the Scottish Housing Regulator website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk
2. Since Autumn 2009 Audit Scotland and the other scrutiny bodies, including the Scottish Housing Regulator, have taken a joint approach to planning scrutiny activity for local authorities that is proportionate and based on risk – shared risk assessment.  The objectives of this approach are to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of scrutiny work and minimise the impact of scrutiny activity on the Council.  The Assurance and Improvement Plan for East Renfrewshire Council is published on Audit Scotland’s website.  It sets out the planned scrutiny activity for the Council for 2012/13 and included a targeted inspection by the Scottish Housing Regulator to review performance in perceived areas of risk.  http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/work/scrutiny/docs/East_Renfrewshire.pdf
3. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 gives the Regulator powers to carry out inquiries.  This inquiry was carried out to gain assurance of the effectiveness of the housing service’s approach to asset management and to make recommendations for improvement.  The published report does not reflect the Council’s performance in other aspects of its service delivery, where no significant risks were identified. 
4. The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012.  The Regulator consists of the Chair and three Board members.  More information about the new Regulator can be found on its website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk
Mia Ayres-Donnelly
Corporate Services Co-ordinator
0141 305 4175