The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Regulation Committee has published a consultation paper on proposed changes in its regulation of registered providers of social housing (RPs). Responses are invited no later than 4 June. This paper identifies three main areas for enhanced regulation: ringfencing; recovery planning; and protection of public value.
The HCA’s new discussion paper is welcome. In fact it’s overdue. The truth is that housing associations have branched out significantly since the new regulatory regime came into being. This was done with the acceptance and encouragement of Government, the HCA’s investment arm and the regulator’s acceptance that its regulatory role was more narrowly defined than under the previous regime.
The HCA’s discussion paper raises the question of ringfencing. Should social housing be placed at risk from non-social housing? In this paper Andrew Cowan looks at whether ringfencing has a place in the sector and, if so, to what extent.
A short briefing note on the Green Deal and how it is progressing since its launch in January 2013.
A short briefing note on the new rules for the Housing Guarantee Scheme, published in February, and how we expect it to impact Affordable Housing.
An outline of the steps in the Academies conversion process that are expected to be completed by schools.
A closer look at the establishment of free schools under the government's new free schools programme.
This D:Bulletin provides an overview of some of the likely effects these proposals will have on the social housing sector.
This D:Bulletin looks at the increasing life expectancy in the UK and how we should be tackling some of the issues that are associated with it.
Devonshires' Employment Team look at the updates that have already been made to their Employment Law Legislative look-ahead for 2012.
This D:Bulletin reviews the employment legislation changes that the Government will be making from April 2012.
This DBulletin provides an overview of the Court of Appeal's decision and explains how organisations may be affected.
As we enter the new year, Devonshires' Employment Team has been examining the changes that lie ahead for employment legislation in 2012.
Green leases, which require the co-operation of both landlord and tenant to work together to reduce the carbon output of a premises, are gathering some support in the UK.
An overview of proposed improvements to REITs regime.
Highlights of our corporate and litigation deals from 2011.
Highlights of our affordable housing deals from 2011.
An overview of the wide-ranging reforms to employment law proposed by the Government.
Overview of DECC's proposal to apply new generation tariffs to all solar PV installations registered on or after 12 December 2011.
A closer look at the funding opportunites available to Registered Providers through REITs.
Subject to a limited number of exceptions, any private sewers which were connected to the public sewerage system prior to 1 July 2011 will be automatically transferred to the regulated sewerage companies on 1 October 2011.
A guide to the propsed exemption from VAT on “shared services” arranged by and for bodies engaged in VAT exempt or non-business supplies.
Kathryn Parkes contributes 'Land development on village greens' article for RICS Modus magazine.
The issue of the inter-relationship between holiday and sickness absence has been back before the courts again.
A closer look at the Government’s reform White Paper ‘Open Public Services’.
A Q&A guide to the Green Deal and what it means for your organisation.
Managing employee absence from work and avoiding unlawful discrimination.
Tom Keya contributes 'Unease over easements' article in the RICS Residential Property Journal.
What should employers be doing about the abolition of the Default Retirement Age?
A question and answer guide to the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 which come into effect on 1 October 2011.
An overview of the CIL Regulations, including how to implement the CIL.
An overview of the guidance to the Bribery Act and recommended actions for organisations to take.
A closer look at how changes to tenure, the introduction of international financial reporting standards and feed-in tariffs could impact on Registered Providers' loan, ISDA and security documents.
An overview of the key points when dealing with a redundancy situation and the procedure that should be followed to mitigate against a claim or a finding of unfair dismissal.
A closer look at the guidance and constitutions on setting up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) published by the Charity Commission.
A closer look at the UK Government's £860 million Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
A closer look at co-operations, joint ventures and alternative structures
Some of the more important things you need to consider when starting a new business of whatever size or complexity.
Briefing paper outlining the steps in the conversion process expected to be completed by Church of England schools.
A closer look at the results of HM Treasury's review of competitive dialogue.
The obligations on schools in setting and enforcing admission policies.
The new dates for academy conversions.
With a raft of emerging policies and legislative developments, energy has been thrust towards the top of the political and economic agenda.
Landlords are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of recovering service charges. Here we tackle the main issues for landlords to consider.
A closer look at the impact of the Academies Act 2010.
A closer look at the possible impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
A closer look at the possible impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review from an employment perspective.
With many changes made to the Budget for 2010, we have highlighted some of the more significant corporate focused changes for your information.
A closer look at some of the new government's proposed "headline" policies affecting housing associations and local authorities in the provision and management of social housing.
A closer look at some of the new government's proposed "headline" policies for employers.
A closer look at the housing strategy for Wales published by the Welsh Assembly Government.
A closer look at fire safety compliance in the construction industry.
A Guide to Feed-In Tariffs for Renewable Energy.
Briefing note from our Employment Team focusing on the post Schedule 1 era.
A closer look at the Equality Bill.
A closer look at a number of important changes to the UK approved persons regime
A closer look at the role of PFI under a possible Conservative government.
A closer look at website disclaimers and the need to review in light of Court of Appeal ruling
A closer look at the new statutory duties introduced under the Companies Act 2006
A closer look at the breadth of IP work carried out by Devonshires
A closer look at changes to the VAT zero rate for buildings used for charitable or residential purposes
A guide to Risk Free Litigation services provided by our Litigation Team.
Reaction to the HMRC Business Brief 36/09 and its impact on grant funded RSLs purchasing partially completed dwellings from developers
How the case of Brent Borough Council v Risk Management Partners Limited  highlights the dangers of "in house" procurement