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VFM: getting it right

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about value for money (VFM). As it’s come up at a number of benchmarking club meetings recently, I thought I’d recap where we are. Global accounts 2019: tidings of regulatory joy? Or mild frustration? The ‘new’ VFM standard has been operative since April 2018. As always, the …..Read the full article »

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SPBM Benchmarking 2019 – 2020 Calendar

Please note the following dates and deadlines for submitting SPBM benchmarking data. : Q2 (April – September 2019 data)  Period end 30 September Data entry deadline Friday 15 November 2019 Q4 (April 2019 – March 2020 data)  Period end 31 March 2020 Data entry deadline Friday 16 May 2020 Sector Scorecard  The Sector Scorecard data …..Read the full article »

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SPBM Benchmarking 2018 – 2019 Calendar

Please note the following dates and deadlines for submitting SPBM benchmarking data. : Q2 (April – September 2018 data)  Period end 30 September Data entry deadline Friday 16 November 2018 Q4 (April 2018 – March 2019 data)  Period end 31 March 2019 Data entry deadline Friday 17 May 2019 Sector Scorecard  The Sector Scorecard data …..Read the full article »

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VFM just got personal – setting corporate targets

It’s easy to lose sight of the challenge embedded in the new approach to VFM. No self-assessment to sweat over and a set of regulatory metrics that the sector finds uncontentious because housing associations pretty much dreamt them up as part of the Sector Scorecard. So where’s the catch? It’s all to do with the …..Read the full article »

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How does it fit together? Benchmarking, VFM and Sector Scorecard.

This briefing seeks to explain the connection between VFM measurement, Benchmarking and the Sector Scorecard so that Acuity SPBM members can better understand their position and respond. It considers: how we got here the Regulator of Social Housing’s (RSH) new regulatory metrics the Sector Scorecard timetable for collecting and reporting the Scorecard data including the …..Read the full article »

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Regulator publishes new approach to VFM

The new approach to Value For Money (VFM) commences in less than three weeks – but the good news is that little has changed from the consultation document so there are no major surprises. The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH, previously HCA) has just published its finalised approach to VFM, which will be operative from …..Read the full article »

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Sector Scorecard: what we’ve learnt

Steve Smedley analyses what the Sector Scorecard tells us about the efficiency of smaller Housing Associations and their contribution to the supply of new homes. A lot has been riding on the development of the sector scorecard. A sector which has been under increasing governmental and regulatory scrutiny to demonstrate VFM whilst contending with an …..Read the full article »

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VFM consultation: what you need to know

By now you will have clocked that the HCA’s long-awaited consultation on the Value for Money standard was published last week and that VFM is even more important than the last time it was even more important. The basic principles remain the same: VFM is about maximising organisational objectives by having a comprehensive and strategic …..Read the full article »

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SPBM Benchmarking 2017 – 2018 Calendar

Please note the following dates: Q1 (April – June 2017 data)  Period end 30 June Data entry deadline Friday 25 August 2017 Q2 (April – September 2017 data)  Period end 30 September Data entry deadline Friday 10 November 2017 Q3 (April – December 2017 data)  Period end 31 December Data entry deadline Friday 9 February …..Read the full article »

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The only thing I’m sure about is uncertainty

The social housing sector is at a crossroads with the lights stuck on red, thanks to a series of unfortunate, and now tragic, events. We started with a government gleefully declaring war on red tape, culling regulators and regulation and simultaneously dismantling public services and the welfare state, including social housing. They pursued, with religious …..Read the full article »

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