Issues of Governance and Management

  • Helen Cope
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)


All registered social landlords are established to meet particular objectives. Once these are agreed, the objects and powers of the organisation are determined by the constitutional route it adopts. The constitution will determine the ownership or shareholding membership of the organisation and composition of its board. Such issues are dealt with in the rules of industrial and provident societies or governing instrument or, in the case of a company its articles or memorandum of association. In the case of housing associations and other registered social landlords issues of governance and accountability (and also, as we have seen in the preceding chapter, regulation) impact upon the nature of the organisation and how it is run. Governance is an important issue of the day not only for this sector but as a result of the reports of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Nolan Committee) for the public sector generally. Furthermore, the current Labour Government places great store on the local accountability of public bodies in particular and on the concept of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities of all in society.


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