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Housing Circulars

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Housing Circulars




These circulars are relevant to people looking for information on the management of housing in Wales.

Some of these circulars are Registered Social Landlord (RSL) circulars. The RSL circulars include reference numbers in their titles and these start 'RSL', for instance 'RSL 01/06'. These circulars provide guidance to support the Regulatory Code for Housing Associations Registered in Wales. They also offer advice on good practice and other Assembly policies. They will, over time, replace all of the former Tai Cymru circulars.

The remainder of the circulars have reference numbers starting 'NAFWC'. These NAFWC circulars may also be relevant to Registered Social Landlords.

RSL 002/11 - 30 year Financial Forecasts 2011

RSL 002/11 - 30 year Financial Forecasts 2011

01/05/11
This circular sets out guidance on the format for 30 year financial forecasts that Housing associations are required to prepare and submit.
 
RSL 001/11: Data Collection 2011/12

RSL 001/11: Data Collection 2011/12

01/04/11
This circular advises Housing Associations on when to send us their financial and other data for 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012.
 
RSL 005/10: Permitted payments and benefits

RSL 005/10: Permitted payments and benefits

01/11/10
This circular gives guidance on permitted payments and benefits to staff and Board members of housing associations in Wales.
 

RSL 05/08: Group Structures

04/08/10
This circular explains the requirements for housing associations registered in Wales who wish to create or change group structures.
 

RSL 041/10: Guarantee for housing association residents

15/07/10
This circular guides housing associations in Wales to advice for residents about what associations need to do to meet the Regulatory Code.
 
RSL 03/10: 30 Year Financial Forecasts - 2010

RSL 03/10: 30 Year Financial Forecasts - 2010

17/05/10
This circular sets out guidance for submitting 30 year business plans by Registered Social Landlord’s (RSL’s).
 
RSL 002/10: Internal Controls & Reporting

RSL 002/10: Internal Controls & Reporting

01/05/10
This Circular sets out guidance for Housing Associations in Wales in respect of internal controls.
 

RSL 001/10: Data Collection 2010/11

01/04/10
This circular advises Housing Associations on the timetable to submit financial and other data to us between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011.
 

RSL 33/09: Self Assessment - Guiding Principles for Housing Associations in Wales

01/11/09
Self Assessment is one of the core elements of the new regulatory framework we are introducing for Housing Associations.
 

RSL 32/09: The Accounting Requirements for Registered Social Landlords General Determination (Wales) 2009

08/07/09
Guidance for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) about preparing financial statements.
 

RSL 029/09: Procedures for disposing of land – Section 9 of the Housing Act 1996

01/07/09
This circular gives guidance to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) about the requirements of section 9 of the Housing Act 1996. It offers guidance on applying for consent for disposals under section 9 and other relevant legislations.
 

RSL 31/09: 30 Year Financial Forecasts – 2009

17/06/09
This circular sets out guidance for submitting 30 year business plans by Registered Social Landlord’s (RSL’s).
 

RSL 030/09: Data Collection 2009/10

01/04/09
This circular advises Housing Associations on the timetable of submission of financial and other data to the Housing Directorate for 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010.
 

RSL 028/09: Internal controls

02/02/09
This circular sets out requirements for housing associations for internal controls, internal audit, and reporting on internal financial controls.
 

RSL 027/09: Site layout design for new housing schemes

02/02/09
This circular indicates to housing associations in Wales good practice advice on site layout design.
 

RSL 026/09: Best Practice Construction Procurement

02/02/09
This circular explains how Housing Associations should achieve best practice in the procurement of construction works.
 

RSL 025/09: Standards for tackling anti-social behaviour

02/02/09
This circular guides housing associations in Wales to good practice guidance regarding standards for tackling anti-social behaviour.
 

RSL 024/09: Good practice guidance on tenant participation

02/02/09
This circular directs housing associations in Wales to good practice guidance on tenant participation.
 

RSL 023/09: Code of guidance on allocation of accommodation and Homelessness

02/02/09
This circular points housing associations in Wales to good practice guidance on allocations and homelessness.
 

RSL 022/09: The right to acquire

02/02/09
This circular summarises statutory regulations covering the right to acquire.
 

RSL 021/09: Guidelines for developing extra care housing in Wales

02/02/09
This circular is designed to help plan the development of extra care housing.
 

RSL 020/09: Social Housing Grant Programme Management Guide

02/02/09
This circular outlines the process by which bids for Social Housing Grant (SHG) can be made, how SHG is allocated, and how development programmes are agreed.
 

RSL 019/09: Development Quality Requirements

02/02/09
This circular explains the requirements for all new dwellings and for existing and rehabilitated dwellings built by housing associations.
 

RSL 018/09: Registration of a local housing company

02/02/09
This circular sets out criteria for registering a local housing company with the National Assembly for Wales.
 

RSL 017/09: Anti-social behaviour code of guidance

02/02/09
This circular indicates to housing associations in Wales a code of guidance on anti-social behaviour.
 

RSL 016/09: Introductory and starter tenancies

02/02/09
This circular guides housing associations in Wales to good practice guidance on the use of introductory and starter tenancies.
 

RSL 015/09: Application of EC procurement directives

02/02/09
This circular provides clarification for housing associations in Wales on how the European Commission (EC) procurement directives apply to contracts awarded.
 

RSL 014/09: Asylum seekers and refugees

02/02/09
This circular directs housing associations in Wales to guidance to help in developing and delivering responsive services for asylum seekers and refugees.
 

RSL 013/09: Community Housing Mutuals

02/02/09
This circular endorses model rules, memorandum and articles of association for Community Housing Mutuals in Wales.
 

RSL 012/09: Move-on from non-permanent housing for people with support needs

02/02/09
This circular gives the minimum requirements for housing associations in Wales for the levels of move-on from non-permanent housing for people with support needs.
 

RSL 011/09: Living in harmony toolkit

02/02/09
This circular points housing associations in Wales to a guide to preventing, managing and resolving neighbour disputes.
 

RSL 010/09: Standards and support for residents' groups

02/02/09
This circular indicates to housing associations in Wales guidance on resident involvement and support for residents’ groups.
 

RSL 009/09: The prevention of homelessness

02/02/09
This circular signposts housing associations registered in Wales to good practice advice on developing interventions to prevent homelessness.
 

RSL 008/09: Guarantee for housing association residents

02/02/09
This circular guides housing associations in Wales to advice for residents about what associations need to do to meet the Regulatory Code.
 

RSL 007/09: Best value

02/02/09
This circular directs housing associations in Wales to guidance on how they should apply the principles of best value to their work.
 

RSL 006/09: Voids and low demand

02/02/09
This circular points housing associations in Wales to good practice guidance on voids and low demand.
 

RSL 005/09: Housing stock transfer

02/02/09
This circular indicates housing associations in Wales receiving stock transferred from local authorities to guidance on housing stock transfer.
 

RSL 004/09: Rent arrears

02/02/09
This circular guides housing associations in Wales to a report and good practice guidance on rent arrears and housing benefit.
 

RSL 003/09: The Welsh Housing Quality Standard

02/02/09
This circular directs housing associations in Wales to guidance on the assessment and achievement of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.
 

RSL 002/09: Black Minority Ethnic housing

02/02/09
This circular points housing associations in Wales to the Black and Minority Ethnic Housing Action Plan for Wales and good practice guidance.
 

RSL 001/09: Permitted payments and benefits

02/02/09
This circular gives guidance on permitted payments and benefits to staff and Board members of housing associations registered in Wales.
 
Attendance by Regulation and Finance Managers (Regulators) at Board Meetings (RSL 01/08)

Attendance by Regulation and Finance Managers (Regulators) at Board Meetings (RSL 01/08)

31/07/07
This circular advises Housing Associations of the intention of Regulation and Finance Managers to attend Board meetings.
 

Disposals and development by LSVT landlords (RSL 03/07)

19/03/07
This circular has been suspended.
 
30 Year Financial Forecasts - 2007 (RSL 01/07)

30 Year Financial Forecasts - 2007 (RSL 01/07)

16/03/07
Guidance telling Registered Social Landlords how to submit their 30 year financial plans to the Welsh Assembly Government.
 
Adaptations for people with disabilities (RSL 03/06)

Adaptations for people with disabilities (RSL 03/06)

01/07/06
An explanation of when we may pay Social Housing Grant to Registered Social Landlords for the purpose of making a dwelling suitable for a disabled tenant.
 
Group Structures (RSL 02/06)

Group Structures (RSL 02/06)

01/07/06
The requirements Registered Social Landlords must meet when creating or changing group structures.
 
Regulatory Code for Housing Associations Registered in Wales (RSL 01/06)

Regulatory Code for Housing Associations Registered in Wales (RSL 01/06)

22/03/06
This circular tells Registered Social Landlords that the Regulatory Code for Housing Associations Registered in Wales has been revised and reissued. The Code dated March 2006 replaces the version dated March 2005.