Scottish Housing Regulator
In December 2017, the Regulator decided to engage with our Management Committee after an independent investigation found serious misconduct, mismanagement and non-compliance with Regulatory Standards within the Association. They appointed Mags Lightbody as Statutory Manager to oversee all Association activity. Six appointees were placed onto the Management Committee. Catherine Lowe was then appointed as Interim Director in January 2018. Further investigations were conducted and since December 2017, three long-standing members and another newer member of the Management Committee resigned. The Director also retired and the Head of Finance left the Association.
Now 6 months after their initial intervention at DPHA, SHR have reviewed progress and published their new Regulation Plan for the Association which can be accessed via the following www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk.
SHR have confirmed that the Association is working well with the Statutory Manager and appointees and that ‘significant progress’ has been made to address areas of weakness.
This is welcome news, but we know there is still lots of work to be done to get DPHA back on top and delivering for its tenants and other service users. Ongoing support will therefore be necessary to assure tenants and all key stakeholders that the Associations is fully addressing all the issues raised and the Regulator has decided to continue the support from the Statutory Manager and five appointees until June 2019.
Our new Tenants Panels, staff and Management Committee have recently given their views on the options appraisal that is looking at strategic direction of the Association on whether DPHA should stay an independent association or if it would be better placed joining up in some form with another housing association. The Management Committee will consider the findings at its meeting in June 2018. Tenants should rest assure that tenant’s rights would be protected if any change was considered and that change will only happen if it is in the best interest of our tenants.
The Association’s experienced staff team will continue to provide tenants and the community with high quality housing and care services as normal and we will keep tenants and stakeholders fully updated on progress.