What has happened?
Following an In-Depth Assessment of Brunelcare, the Regulator of Social Housing has found that the charity breached the Home Standard rules on electrical and fire safety.
The regulator has also assessed its judgement of Brunelcare’s ‘governance’ and ‘viability’ as G2 and V1.
What is the Regulator of Social Housing?
The Regulator of Social Housing regulates registered providers of social housing to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs.
What is an In-Depth Assessment?
An In-Depth Assessment is carried out by the Regulator of Social Housing to ensure providers are well governed and economically viable.
What does G2 V1 mean?
The regulator assesses providers based on their governance arrangements (how they are run), or ‘G’, and financial viability, or ‘V’.
Possible grades are as follows:
- G1 / V1 Compliant
- G2 / V2 Compliant
- G3 / V3 Non-compliant and intensive regulatory engagement
- G4 / V4 Non-compliant, serious failures leading to either intensive regulatory engagement or the use of enforcement powers.
Brunelcare has been judged as compliant on the basis of both governance (G2) and viability (V1).
What are the issues relating to electrical and fire safety?
On fire safety, the issues relate to the upgrading of certain fire doors to the latest fire safety standards.
On electrical safety, the issues relate to record keeping, the upgrading of Consumer Unit Boards to the latest Building Standards Regulations, and general electrical maintenance actions.
How did this happen?
Whilst no one has come to any harm as a result of the issues raised by the regulator, we recognise that, historically, our processes have not been robust enough. We also recognise that we should have reacted more quickly in response to certain issues.
What is being done to resolve these issues?
As a matter of good practice we have undertaken a comprehensive survey of the over 2,000 doors in our properties. The specialist advice we have received is that, although there are no missing or dangerously damaged fire doors, we should undertake a programme to replace those which are outdated and would not meet current standards. We have put funds aside for this work which will be completed in the next six months.
A programme of works to address the electrical safety issues is now complete.
How does this affect me?
If you are a Brunelcare tenant this may mean we require access to your property to carry out important safety checks. If we do, we will contact you directly to discuss this.
Could this happen again?
We are confident that new systems now in place will ensure issues are reported and actioned as soon as possible both now and in the future.
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