FOLLOWING a period of high engagement after governance failures, Dalmuir Park Housing Association’s statutory intervention has come to an end.

In December 2017, the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) intervened at the association due to serious misconduct, mismanagement and non-compliance with regulatory standards.

In order to drive the required change and improvements, SHR appointed a statutory manager and seven appointees to the management committee that supports the elected committee and staff team.

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There has now been a complete overhaul in governance, greatly improved performance and financial health, reduced management costs to keep rent increases affordable and investment is being delivered in housing stock.

Now, after 16 months, SHR have reviewed progress and decided to end their statutory intervention on March 31.

This follows Dalmuir Park’s recent decision that they will stay an independent local housing association for the period ahead.

Five remaining statutory appointees have committed to stay on a voluntary basis with the other elected members helping bed in the changes.

But, despite the intervention with the housing association, in a SHR Landlord report for 2017/18, 95.7 per cent of tenants said they are satisfied with the overall service provided, compared to the Scottish average of 90.5 per cent, and 100 per cent of the homes met the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

Gordon Laurie, chair of DPHA, said: “We welcome the confidence SHR has shown to end their statutory intervention. We will continue to work closely with SHR to update them on progress with our wide-ranging plans to keep improvements going.

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“Our initial focus will be on further strengthening our committee and getting the right leadership and staff structure in place to deliver our ambitious plans so that we play a lead role in making Dalmuir a great place to live.”

In an Engagement Plan report, SHR stated: “Dalmuir Park has worked constructively and has addressed the serious governance weakness which led to our intervention.

“Dalmuir Park recognises that it still has work to do to become, and remain, fully compliant with the standards. It has an improvement plan to help achieve this.”