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Monitoring & Assessment

Minister O’Brien signed a commencement order on 1st July 2022 to provide AHBRA with all its remaining powers and functions. AHBRA now has the ability to monitor and assess AHBs against the Standards for AHBs

AHBRA’s focus over the coming months will be the development and implementation of our monitoring and assessment frameworks. We will communicate regularly with AHBs as how this will impact them.

Monitoring

An important element of AHBRA monitoring and assessment programme will be the introduction of an Annual Performance Information tool where AHBs will be required to provide a range of data relating to the performance of their organisation. This will cover the organisation’s performance in the areas of tenancy management, property and asset management, finance and governance.

The first Annual Performance Information Form will be issued in September 2022. AHBRA will provide advice and guidance for AHBs on how to complete the form at that time. The Performance Information tool will be data collection and evaluation process and will assist AHBRA in identifying common risk areas across the sector.

This evaluation will help inform our future planned assessment programmes and how we target future advice and guidance to support AHBs in managing areas of risk. The Annual performance Information tool is not an assessment against the Standards.

To assist AHBRA in the development of our Annual Performance Information tool we have issued a short survey to all AHBs in order to get a greater understanding on the type and frequency of information AHBs currently report to their Board(s). This information will be vital for AHBRA in the development of our information gathering tool, so we would encourage all AHBs to complete the survey. The closing date for the survey is 15 August 2022.

Assessment

Section 38 of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act sets out AHBRAs role in carrying out an assessment of compliance by an AHB with the Regulatory Standards.

AHBRA is currently developing its assessment framework which will include an initial pilot assessment programme in the Autumn of 2022. AHBRA will select a small number of AHBs to participate in this pilot exercise.

The purpose of the pilot will be to evaluate AHBRAs internal assessment and reporting processes and receive feedback from participating AHBs that will inform the future planned assessment process which will begin in 2023.

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