Altair calls on the new National Housing Federation Code of Governance to focus on the purpose, culture and leadership of housing associations, building on the sector’s charitable status and learning from codes like the charities code and the UK Corporate code in setting a practical and useable framework that can help associations to demonstrate excellence in governance.
In a comprehensive response to the first stage consultation, Altair agrees with the National Housing Federation that the operating environment has changed so much since 2015, that the current code is in need of a major refresh.
It suggests that there is no need to reinvent the wheel, but that the code should reflect the special relationship that housing associations should have with their residents.
The response also suggests that the code should recognise the significant difference between some of the NHF’s members who are large and complex organisations and those that are small community based charities, principally with volunteers as Board members. The code should seek to cover the principles that apply to all, but also to recognise the differences in resource and capacity between them.
It also suggests that the new code must show leadership on diversity and inclusion, to ensure that members can demonstrate better accountability and understanding of the many communities that associations serve.
We are also pleased that our Aquila Group CEO, Steve Douglas CBE is on the Code review advisory Group. A full list of members and the latest blog on the consultation can be found here.