NIFHA welcomes this opportunity, on behalf of our members, to comment on the Charity Commission Northern Ireland‟s (CCNI) proposed interim reporting requirements. NIFHA is committed to working with CCNI to facilitate effective reporting and monitoring for housing associations.
Please note where relevant our comments are referenced using the numbering in the consultation and associated Annual Monitoring Return documents.
NIFHA‟s primary concern in relation to the interim reporting requirements is ensuring that housing associations are not subject to onerous reporting and monitoring given the significant levels of scrutiny that already apply to the sector. Housing associations are already regulated by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and, in where supported housing is provided, by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). They are also subject to scrutiny by the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO). Those associations that provide Supporting People (SP) services also experience regular external reviews by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive as part of the SP regime.
Read more of the Interim Reporting Requirements for Charities consultation