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Kris Hopkins MP to attend CSI Awards 2014

Kris Hopkins MP to attend CSI Awards 2014Great news! Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins MP, has confirmed that he will be attending the CSI Awards 2014 event!

Mr Hopkins will be presenting one of the prestigious awards at the ceremony, which will take place on 30th October 2014, at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Have you made your nominations yet? There is a wide range of categories covering tenant scrutiny, inspection and complaints resolution.

We are delighted to announce that we are now taking bookings for this fantastic event. An early bird discount is available for bookings made in the coming weeks.

Please see CSI Awards website for more details about nominations and bookings Link

CSI Awards Judges Announced!

CSI Awards Judges Announced!Great news! I am delighted to announce that we have a great panel of judges for the first CSI Awards.

Nick Atkin, CEO at Halton Housing Trust will be our compere for the evening.

Our judges for the awards are:
Jessica Crowe, Centre for Public Scrutiny
Jon Land, 24housing
Sasha Deepwell, Deputy CEO of Wulvern Housing,
Phil Morgan, tenant empowerment consultant & trainer
Rafael Runco, Independent Housing Advisor

As chair of the judges panel, I am delighted to be working with such a fantastic panel.

We are very much looking forward to receiving your nominations for each of the awards. Closing date is Friday, 25th July 2014. To find out more about making an nomination(s), please visit CSI Awards website Link

Also, please note that you can now follow the Awards on Twitter @CSIAwardsuk

Good luck!

Customer Scrutiny & Inspection (CSI) Awards 2014

Customer Scrutiny & Inspection (CSI) Awards 2014I am delighted to announce a brand new awards event to celebrate the achievements of customer scrutiny, inspection and tenant complaints panels. Linda Levin Partnership Ltd and Delegate Central have joined forces to bring you the Customer Scrutiny and Inspection Awards, which will take place on 30th October 2014 at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

You can find more details on the awards website Link

I will be circulating more details soon, but in the mean time, if you want to express an interest in making an application and if you would like to book places at the event, please contact either me (linda@lindalevin.org ) or Austin Ambrose (austin@delegatecentral.com).

Regulation Update

Regulation UpdateTwo pieces of news circulating today from the Homes and Communities Agency that you may find interesting.

Firstly, the regulator has published a review of consumer regulation in 2012/13, during which time they received over 400 complaints and carried out 20 detailed investigations. You can find the full report on the HCA's website. Link

The second piece of news is that the regulator is now displaying a 'watch list' on their website. This is a list of organisations whose regulatory assessments have raised concerns about risks. Link

More information will be provided in the December edition of our newsletter, which is due out next week. If you are not already on our circulation list, email or call Linda to request a copy.

Directory of Scrutiny Panels

Directory of Scrutiny PanelsI have spent the last few months looking at English social housing providers' websites to see what I can find out about their scrutiny arrangements. It's been a terrific journey!

I have found so many fabulous examples of the work that different panels do - too many to mention here! I have however, put all of this information into an on line directory that is hosted in the members' area of my website.

It was really refreshing to see how many landlords have set up panels and even better, how many landlords and tenants/residents are promoting the fantastic scrutiny work that is being done, so that other residents could see what was going on and could see for themselves the benefits of having scrutiny.

Why have a talented panel and then not show all residents what they are doing and what impact they are having?

However, in some instances, there was very little information at all about the existence of a scrutiny panel. One thing I noticed was that some landlords did not even mention the scrutiny panel in their list of involvement opportunities or other places on the website that you would expect to find information about scrutiny. However, after a thorough search of these websites, I did find some mention of scrutiny panels.

The directory includes details of just under 600 English landlords and information about hundreds of scrutiny panels, many of who have published their review reports.

I am working on adding Welsh and Scottish Landlords at the moment. All of these will be included in the directory by the end of December 2013.

If you want to know more about the directory and how you can access it, please contact me. I promise you, you won't be disappointed!

Gallions HA Serious Detriment Breach

LLP NewsInside Housing today has reported that Gallions Housing Association has breached the 'serious detriment' threshold in relation to a matter of gas safety. The breach relates to one property. See the full story at Inside Housing Link

September Edition of Scrutiny Newsletter

September Edition of Scrutiny Newsletter The September 2013 edition of my Scrutiny Newsletter is now available.

This edition includes the following topics:

Regulation Update
Scrutiny and Welfare Reform
Scrutiny Good Practices
Scrutiny Toolkit and Panel Directory
Complaints Resolution Update
Resident Mediation

If you would like a copy, please contact me at Linda@lindalevin.org

Toolkit and Mediation Launch

Toolkit and Mediation Launch Thank you to everyone who attended the launch of my tenant scrutiny toolkit and the tenant led mediation training service on 21st June 2013 at the Odeon, Warrington

The turnout was amazing and it was good to meet so many tenants and officers from many different organisations.

I am really pleased with the very positive response to the toolkit and the mediation training for tenants.

If you were unable to attend the event and want a copy of the information provided, contact me at Linda@lindalevin.org or on 07967 342436.

Scrutiny Toolkit and Films Launch at the Movies!

Scrutiny Toolkit and Films Launch at the Movies!Come and join Linda at the Odeon Cinema, Warrington from 11am to 2pm on Friday 21st June 2013 to celebrate the launch of her scrutiny films and toolkit.

This is a free promotional and networking event for scrutiny panel members and officers. Lunch and refreshments including pop corn are available and are complimentary.

Within hours of this event being promoted, a third of the tickets were snapped up! Tickets are currently limited to 2 people per organisation due to the phenomenal demand!

Please contact Linda to book you places - email Linda@lindalevin.org.

It's a wrap!

Scrutiny Master Classes

Scrutiny Master ClassesLinda Levin Partnership Ltd, in partnership with City Business Psychology, are delighted to offer a unique and exciting training programme for Scrutiny Panel members and the officers who support them.

This fantastic six day programme covers the following hot topics:
Welfare Reform - assessing the impact of landlords' actions in dealing with bedroom tax and direct payments; landlords' actions to tackle worklessness and financial inclusion

Value for money - how will Scrutiny Panels get involved in value for money self assessments now that landlords are required to publish these?

Problem solving - in difficult times, the ability to draw on creative problem solving skills will be essential

Effective Leadership - build your team and leadership skills and find out how to manage conflict and crises

Resilience - build your individual and team resilience skills, great for scrutiny and in day to day life

Action learning - learn from other scrutiny panel members and form lasting peer support arrangements

Regulatory Judgements 2012/13

LLP NewsThe new regulatory framework and our new regulator were introduced last year. So what has happened in the last 12 months in relation to the regulation of housing associations' financial viability and governance?
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