Self Assessment

Governance Framework

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SHN governance self-assessment tools

Governance is defined the Scottish Housing Regulator as ‘the arrangements for the leadership, strategic direction and control of a Registered Social landlord’.

All RSLs must comply with the Scottish Housing Regulator’s Regulatory Standards and Guidance and, by doing so, demonstrate effective governance and sound financial management and deliver good outcomes for customers. RSLs are responsible for the standards of conduct within their own organisations and are publicly accountable to their tenants, other service users, funders and other stakeholders for the governance arrangements and decisions they make. 

To ensure highest possible compliance with the Regulatory Standards, RSLs are required to carry out self-assessment, we have designed a tool to facilitate this governance self-assessment exercise and to test compliance against the standards.

Meeting SHR’s Regulatory Standards in Governance


The regulator’s thematic inquiry into governance self-assessment identified that while landlords that self-assessed against Regulatory Standards reported improvements in their governance, few regularly and comprehensively assess themselves against the Regulatory Standards. This inquiry is a reminder that Landlords should self-assess against Regulatory Standards using the principles for effective self-assessment. Those principles are as follows:
  1. Landlords should regularly assess their achievement of Regulatory Standards, doing so at least once every three years.
  2. Self-assessment of landlord’s performance against all of the Regulatory Standards, needs to be comprehensive and needs to involve review of all aspects of landlord’s governance framework.
  3. Self-assessment needs to be inclusive – it needs to seek views and evidence for the self-assessment from governing body members, relevant staff and, where appropriate, other stakeholders including tenants.
  4. Self-assessment needs to be based on clear evidence – and include conclusions and improvement actions.
  5. The self-assessment needs to be objective by rigorously challenging the assessment of landlord’s performance, with independent assurance where necessary. Consider the role of external and internal audit in your self-assessment.
  6. Self-assessment needs to focus on improvement and identify clear actions to improve landlord’s achievement of the Standards, and regularly monitor their implementation of agreed actions.
  7. The outcomes of self-assessment need to be reported to tenants and service users.
Please note that the governance self assessment website is being replaced by a new improved website. Any records entered after Thursday February 28th 2019 will not be transferred to the new site. Information about the new website will be sent to all registered users. For more information, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0131 466 3710.