Audit Commission Updates Inspection Arrangements for Housing Providers

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
November 29, 2010 /

The Audit Commission has released its updated interim inspections arrangements for providers of social housing. The arrangements are joint statements of the commission and the Tenant Services Authority (TSA).

In the statement, the TSA and the Audit Commission have confirmed their decisions of maintaining the arrangements until April 2011, prior to which date the TSA plans to consult all of the stakeholders “on a future approach that should apply from 2011/12.”

The joint statement covers almost 1,800 providers of social housing in England which include housing associations, councils, and cooperatives.

Housing minister Grant Shapps announced in June that regulation on social housing, including its role and structure, was being reviewed. Before the outcomes of the review on social housing rules, the TSA and Audit Commission conducted a consultation over the new methodology of inspection which was on hold.

In the new regulatory framework of Grant Shapps, the Homes and Communities Agency has taken over the function from the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) from April 2012.

The new framework will be included in the upcoming Localism Bill, which will permit the regulator to intervene in “consumer matters” instead of “proactive scanning for failure.” Homes and Communities Agency will also be responsible for procuring inspections from the open market after the removal of the Audit Commission.

Eric Pickles announced in August his plans of abolishing the Audit Commission.


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