Regulation Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency

Inquiry status: Report published 11 September, Regulation Committee response published 28 November, Government response published 16 January. A follow-up oral evidence session was held on 16 July 2014.

The Committee investigated the work of the Regulation Committee responsible for social housing regulation. It called for written evidence and held an oral evidence session with the Chair of the Regulation Committee, Julian Ashby. It subsequently published its report on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

In its report, the Committee expressed concern over the regulation of social housing. The Committee has published a response from the regulator and is awaiting a response from the Government which is expected later in the autumn.


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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

Related previous inquiries

In October 2011 the Committee questioned Julian Ashby before his appointment as Chair Designate of the Regulation Committee

The Committee examined the role of the Housing Ombudsman in 2012

The Committee investigated the financing of new housing supply looking at private, social and affordable housing. It reported in May 2012.

External links

The independent Regulation Committee was established by the Homes and Communities Agency under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011.

Related information

Current Parliamentary material on social rented housing.