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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-35758
Asked by: Annie Wells, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 4 March 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will promote greater female and BAME representation across Glasgow's housing association boards.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 16 March 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government’s Scottish Social Housing Charter sets the outcomes and standards that all social housing landlords are required to meet. The independent Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) monitors and reports on social landlords performance against the Charter, including complying with equalities legislation.

The SHR has set Regulatory Standards that social landlords must comply with. These standards require all Registered Social Landlords to have in place effective succession plans for Board membership, that they maintain an appropriate and effective composition and profile of governing body members and that they encourage a diverse membership.

Each year the SHR require landlords to confirm through their Annual Assurance Statement that they have assurance and evidence that they comply with the Regulatory requirements including these Regulatory Standards, and if they don’t, what actions they are taking to improve their compliance.

The SHR is currently working with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations to produce guidance that will help RSLs meet their equalities obligations.