Headlines: September 24th, 2001

Housing associations have been offered a framework to test their corporate effectiveness.’Treading the Boards’, a new guide issued by the Housing Corporation, looks at the challenges facing the boards of housing associations, given that they often comprise a rich mixture of volunteers and paid senior managers of the association.

The document addresses how boards should perform their governance roles, how its members should work together, and how to tell if the right people are round the table.

It will become one of the tools that the Housing Corporation, as the sector’s regulator, can use to assess an association’s governance arrangements and help it test compliance with the sector’s regulations. These include that housing associations must be properly governed; operate according to the law and their constitution; and must maintain the highest standards of probity in all their dealings.

The Housing Corporation is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. Its role is to fund and regulate Registered Social Landlords in England