Swansea Bm Network Apr 08

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notes of presentation delivered to housing association board members at a network meeting held in swansea, south wales, UK.

notes of presentation delivered to housing association board members at a network meeting held in swansea, south wales, UK.

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  • 1. David Hedges & Steve Cranston Board Members Network Swansea April 2008
  • 2. Board Members Network meeting, Swansea
    • Agenda
    • Introductions
    • Feedback from the CHC Governance Conference
    • The role and format of Network meetings
    • Future themes
    • Policy Update
    • Board Member Networking and issues
  • 3. Board Members Network meeting, Swansea
    • Feedback from the CHC Governance Conference
  • 4. Board Members Network meeting, Swansea
    • The Role and Format of Network Meetings
  • 5. Board Members Network meeting, Swansea
    • Future Themes for Network Meetings
  • 6. Policy Update
    • The 2007 Context……….Challenges
    • National Assembly for Wales election campaign
    • New Welsh Assembly Government
    • New National Assembly Powers
    • UK Comprehensive Spending Review
    • Further Housing Stock Transfer ballots
    • Sector Public Relations Campaign
  • 7. Policy Update
    • National Council Priorities for 2007/08
    • Social Housing Grant funding
    • £30m extra Social Housing Grant (SHG)
    • Supporting People funding
    • To increase by £26m by 2010/11
    • Better Regulation
    • The Essex Review
  • 8. Priorities for 2008
    • Ensuring that we are all equipped for the regulatory review’s outcome –
      • The need to focus on Governance – so that we are fit to face the future
    • That we build on our improving relationship with local government pre- and post- election
      • We need to measure our economic and social impact - so we know what difference we are making under a new regulatory regime
    • That we welcome new members and maintain unity as we develop as a movement
  • 9. Policy Update
    • The changing face of the sector ……….
    • Housing association homes owned
    2003 63,527 2004 72,113 2005 73,262 2006 74,174 2007 75,032 2008 98,230 2009 115,500? 2010 124,500?
  • 10. Policy Update
    • The changing face of the sector
    • Staff employed
    7,000+? 2010 6,000+? 2009 5,000 2008 4,054 2007 3,935 2006
  • 11. Essex Review Update
    • Feedback to Governance and Chief Executives events
    • Early conclusions:
    • The need to move away from detailed control to strategic leadership and enablement
    • Greater clarity on appropriate levels of accountability, including decision making at the most appropriate level in the chain
    • A robust governance and finance framework
    • Adding value from housing investment into regeneration
    • A system which is sensitive to need and is outcome focussed and which manages the right risks
    • A reduction in management and process from the centre
  • 12. Essex Review Update
    • Early wins recommended to Minister:
    • Purchasing existing stock
    • Removing unnecessary Section 9 consents
    • Group structures circular- removing section 5.2 which inhibits creativity and social enterprise.
    • Decentralising Physical Adaptation Grant approvals
    • Pilots to allow for the better use of SHG in carbon reduction
  • 13. Governance Review
    • Paul Griffiths, Public Services Consultant, commissioned in January
    • Terms of Reference
    • A statement of the principles of good governance of Registered Social Landlords (RSL) within Wales;
    • A review of the size and make up current boards of RSL within Wales;
    • A review of what practice is working well in the boards of Welsh RSLs;
    • Consideration of the particular circumstances created by stock transfer developments;
    • Recommendations on the size and make-up of boards;
    • Recommendations on a menu of support that could be made available to board members to increase capacity.
  • 14. Governance Review
    • Specific work with 3 RSLs
    • 26 interviews with board members from 19 RSLs
    • Presentation and discussions at the Governance and Chief Executives Conferences
    • Draft report being completed now
  • 15. Mentoring Training Update
  • 16. Board Members Network meeting, Swansea
    • Board Member Networking and Issues