The government has backed Lord Hodgson’s recommendation that the Homes and Communities Agency should be the principal regulator of exempt charitable housing providers.
In Lord Hodgson’s statutory review of the Charities Act 2006, Trusted and Independent: Giving Charity Back to Charities, published last year, he recommended that "the Office for Civil Society and the Charity Commission should begin discussions with the Homes and Communities Agency about the feasibility of it becoming the principal regulator of charitable social housing providers in England".
Many social housing providers are charitable industrial and provident societies. The HCA regulates their housing activities but they do not have a principal charity regulator.
The proposed change, which is currently being considered by the HCA, is that it becomes the principal regulator for charitable IPSs registered as social housing providers.
Other charitable IPSs are likely to be regulated by the Charity Commission, although this has not yet been confirmed either.
The Cabinet Office's response to the report, which was published today, says that the government accepts this recommendation and the Charity Commission supports it.
"The Office for Civil Society is holding constructive discussions with the Homes and Communities Agency about the feasibility of it becoming the principal regulator of charitable social housing providers in England," it says. "Similar discussions have begun with the Welsh government in respect of equivalent charities in Wales."
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