Deregulation measures to come into force in March

Registered social landlords (RSLs) will not need regulatory consents regarding disposals of land or assets as well as constitutional and organisational changes from March.

Published 15 January 2019

Holyrood committee welcomes Housing Amendment Bill

Legislation which is intended to pave the way for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to reclassify Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) back to the private sector in the UK national accounts has been largely welcomed by a Holyrood committee.

Published 1 February 2018

Housing associations in England reclassified as private bodies

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reversed its decision to classify housing associations in England as public non-financial corporations, allowing their estimated £70 billion debt to be removed from the UK government's balance sheet.

Published 16 November 2017

Call for evidence on the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament has launched a call for written views as part of its scrutiny of a Bill which aims to reverse the autumn 2016 reclassification of housing associations as public bodies.

Published 11 September 2017

Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament

The Scottish Government’s Bill aimed at reversing the autumn 2016 reclassification of housing associations as public bodies has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 6 September 2017

September date confirmed for Bill to reverse ONS reclassification

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has confirmed his intention to bring forward legislation to reverse the reclassification of Scottish housing associations in September this year.

Published 29 May 2017

Welsh Government launches proposals to return RSLs to private sector

A consultation has been launched into proposals to return housing associations in Wales to the private sector in order to restore their borrowing abilities.

Published 10 May 2017

NI plan to reverse reclassification of housing associations

Northern Ireland communities minister, Paul Givan, has launched a consultation on the legislative changes needed to ensure housing associations remain as independent social enterprises.

Published 12 December 2016

ONS reclassification: Bill to ensure RSLs are deemed private bodies to be introduced

The Scottish Government has moved to provide reassurance to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) by committing to new legislation that will ensure they can continue to borrow money privately.

Published 30 September 2016

ONS reclassification: Regulator vows to continue to protect tenants’ interests

The Scottish Housing Regulator said it will work constructively to deal with any challenges which may arise from forthcoming legislation which could see a reduction in its powers.

Published 30 September 2016

Rents in Scottish PRS unchanged in 12 months, says ONS

The cost of renting privately in Scotland has remained unchanged over the last year, according to the latest release from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 30 September 2016

Scottish housing associations reclassified to public sector by ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today reclassified registered providers of social housing in Scotland as public non-financial corporations.

Published 29 September 2016

Date set for ONS housing association classification decision

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is to announce its decision on the classification of housing associations in Scotland on September 29.

Published 21 September 2016

Programme for Government 2016-17 – Housing at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Housing News highlights the details of interest to housing associations and the wider sector.

Published 7 September 2016