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.

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Swansea Bm Network Apr 08

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