Code of Governance review first stage consultation

We’re reviewing our Code of Governance. The first phase of the three-phase consultation process is now open until 13 March.

Housing association staff, board members, residents, stakeholders and anyone else interested can share their views via our online questionnaire. Full details of the consultation process – and a list of consultation questions – are available in the documents below.

Why we’re reviewing the Code of Governance

The Federation’s Code of Governance is widely used in the housing association sector, and the current edition was published in 2015.

The purpose of the code is to provide clear requirements and provisions for housing association boards, to ensure the highest standards of governance.

We are reviewing the code with a view to publishing a new version, which will reflect timely issues affecting our sector, such as accountability to residents, health and safety, and equality and diversity in our organisations.

We have designed a three-stage consultation process to ensure that all of our members – as well as residents and stakeholders – have the opportunity to feed into this review.

The consultation process

To ensure everyone has the opportunity to feed into the review constructively, we’ve designed the consultation process in three phases:

  1. An open consultation on the core principles framing the code.
  2. A collaborative drafting process.
  3. A final consultation on the draft code.

The first phase of the consultation – on the core principles framing the code – is open until 13 March. You’re invited to share your views on these principles, and other questions, via our online questionnaire.

Share your views by 13 March  

Our consultation document provides the context of this review, and we have collated the list of questions in the online questionnaire so you can consider and prepare your answers in advance.

You can download more information in the documents below, and then complete the questionnaire. There is an option to save your answers and come back to them later.

If you have any issues completing the questionnaire, please get in touch.

What happens next?

Following this phase of the consultation, we’ll begin drafting the code with support from a consultancy. This drafting process will involve input from our expert consultants and our advisory group, which we will bring together in the coming weeks. The advisory group will consist of housing association staff, governance experts, residents and tenant representatives, and other stakeholders. 

There will be another opportunity to feed into the code’s development in the spring, when you will be asked for input on the draft code as part of phase three of the consultation process.

This will be followed by analysis and testing of the new code, which we will conduct with our advisory group. 

If you have any questions about the Code of Governance review, please get in touch.

Who to speak to

Paul Bayly, Head of Governance and Compliance