Applications open for the Housing SORP Working Party

11 March 2021

The Housing Statement of Recommend Practice (SORP) Working Party (SWP) is seeking four senior finance staff from English based housing associations.

Shape the Housing SORP-making process

SORP-making bodies (SMBs) recognised by the Financial Reporting Council have responsibility for developing and issuing sector-specific SORPs. The Housing SORP Making Body is responsible for developing and maintaining the Housing SORP to address issues in the UK accounting framework relevant to housing associations. The Housing SWP is responsible for advising the Housing SMB on issues arising from the UK accounting framework relating to housing associations and carrying out the detailed work involved in developing and maintaining the Housing SORP.

The respective responsibilities of the Housing SWP, including the terms of reference, can be found on our website.

The Financial Reporting Council’s Policy and Code of Practice on SORPs requires that participants in the SORP-making process are fully representative of the housing sector - they should include independent members representing the wider public interest, and where possible, users of financial statements. Consequently, membership of the SORP working party bodies has been drawn to ensure that they:

  • Possess an understanding of the housing association business model across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Have sufficient technical accounting expertise.
  • Include principal users of housing association financial statements.

What we are looking for

The Housing SWP currently consists of 16 voting members – 10 senior housing association finance staff and six professional advisors. We are seeking four senior finance staff from English-based housing associations to join as members.

Voting members will be selected in a fair and transparent way – the Technical Advisor to the SWP, the SWP Chair, a member of the SWP and NHF staff will take part in the selection process and ensure consistency in the process. The SMB will approve the final selection.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a CV and a covering letter to John Butler via john.butler@housing.org.uk. Applications will be considered by the selection panel and there will be no interview process.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 June . We will notify all candidates of the outcome by 23 July .

Please note that the first SWP meeting after completion of this recruitment process will take place on Tuesday 7 September 2021.

For an informal chat about the SWP and its work, get in touch with John on the details below.

Who to speak to

John Butler, Policy Leader