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Don’t forget your PQQs: Altius launches new checklist for housing managers

Posted by Len Simmons on Jul 27, 2016 4:52:54 PM

A free new tool to assist housing associations and social landlords in appointing and managing contractors has been launched by supplier assessment and compliance specialist Altius.

The 'All-in-one PQQ Checklist for Housing Associations' helps managers to define a bespoke contractor questionnaire to reduce risk and increase performance when outsourcing.

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Topics: Housing Association

New social housing contractor policies every association should have

Posted by Len Simmons on Jul 26, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Keeping on top of contractor management is difficult – even collecting updated insurance information every year can be a painful task, let alone checking the actual work that contractors do for you. When it comes to keeping your most active contractors compliant, you should have in place a set of rules and policies for them to adhere to, depending upon the activity they are set to carry out.

To ensure you and your contractors are always compliant in the wake of new and recent legislation, make sure your housing association has the following social housing contractor policies in place.

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Topics: Housing Association

Five common oversights in housing association procurement

Posted by Len Simmons on Jul 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

As housing association procurement teams up and down the country grapple with ever shrinking budgets and calls for more efficiency, there has never been a better time for the UK Government and European Commission to step in and help out.

A year on from the implementation of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, housing associations are now on target to achieve a 10% cost efficiency through the new legislation, but is there more that procurement teams can do to achieve even greater efficiencies?

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CRB checks for contractors: A guide for housing associations

Posted by Gary Plant on Jul 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Every discipline that a contractor resides within will have specific industry standards that they must meet in order to carry out their job, but aside from these, within the housing association, there are internal standards and requirements that contractors must meet. For example, if a contractor is going to come into contact with a vulnerable person, such as the elderly or children, they need to be CRB checked.

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Topics: Housing Association

The Modern Slavery Act: Five steps to ensure your social housing contractors are compliant

Posted by Gary Plant on Jul 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

As of January 2016 the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) is in force. The MSA aims to combat crimes of slavery and human trafficking by creating criminal offences and powers of enforcement.

Modern Slavery Act definition

The MSA says that businesses have a role to play in reducing slavery, and has imposed obligations on large organisations, including housing associations, to publish a statement at the end of each financial year that proves they have no involvement with slavery or human trafficking.

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Topics: Housing Association

All-in-one social housing PQQ checklist launched by Altius

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 27, 2016 4:27:57 PM

Between PAS 91 and the Government’s Public Contracts Regulations 2015, PQQ templates for housing associations have become standardised throughout the industry. Gathering mandatory information has been simplified, especially with the support from online procurement organisations to screen contractors and suppliers in the first place.

However, despite the assistance from the Government on PQQ best practice, this mandatory information is sometimes not enough for procurement, contracts and health and safety managers in the industry.

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Topics: Housing Association

5 key speakers to watch at PfH Live 2016

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 20, 2016 11:52:13 AM

Procurement for Housing is set to welcome over 8,000 delegates to their biggest exhibition and conference yet, PfH Live 2016 in Manchester. Last year saw some great insight from the panel sessions on key industry topics and issues – and this year is no different.

Over the three-day event, PfH, combined with the Housing 2016 conference and exhibition, will welcome more industry experts from across the country to share their experiences and expertise on better procurement for housing associations. Of the many seminars and panel sessions set to be hosted in June at the Manchester Central Convention Centre, here’s five that you must take the time out to watch.

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Health and safety manager’s guide to monitoring social housing contractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Jun 14, 2016 8:27:45 AM

Keeping on top of all your social housing contractors can be a tough task, especially when you have to oversee a variety of areas, from plumbers, electricians to even window cleaners. Every project that each of your contractors’ works on is different, with different policies, requirements and targets.

But, by having a stringent process in place for monitoring your contractors, you can make your job a little easier, and the management of contractors a lot more effective.

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Topics: Housing Association

How to conduct your social housing contractors audit effectively

Posted by Gary Plant on May 24, 2016 4:43:50 PM
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5 qualifications you should expect your social housing contractors to have

Posted by Gary Plant on May 24, 2016 4:35:31 PM

Reputation is extremely important when it comes to the success of a housing association, and a lot of a housing association’s credibility is built on their contractors and the work that they carry out, in terms of quality and timescales.

With this said, it is becoming increasingly important for contractors to hold and maintain recognised and up to date qualifications to prove their ability to work, alongside their relevant experience and references.

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Topics: Housing Association