Housing association downgraded because of fire safety
Unite reps will remind management
The social housing regulator has downgraded another housing association following failures to do with its fire risk assessments. Manchester based St Vincent’s Housing Association’s (SVHA) governance rating has been downgraded to G2.
We recently reported that Tower Hamlets Community Housing Association (TCHA) was given a “regulatory notice” by the social housing regulator because of a failure to address fire safety issues.
Unite reps will take the opportunity to remind management that they can avoid damaging publicity through working closely with health and safety reps.
Following internal audit
Today, the HCA said: “SVHA needs to strengthen its operational control arrangements to ensure adherence to all relevant health and safety legislation and regulatory requirements.”
Following an internal audit, St Vincent’s referred itself to the regulator to inform it of the problems with reporting recommendations from fire risk assessments conducted from September 2015 to July 2016.
“The internal auditors reported that the problems were not only a result of staff performance and that the system of control was in need of improvement,” the HCA said. “Based on the information provided we have concluded that there was a failure of operational internal controls and procedures need improvement in order to ensure continued compliance with the Governance and Financial Viability Standard.”
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