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Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018

Paragraph 12 of Schedule 1

19.Paragraph 12 of Schedule 1 applies to an RSL which is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

20.Section 109 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 allows a registered society to pass a special resolution to amalgamate with another society. Section 110 of that Act allows a registered society to pass a special resolution to transfer engagements between societies. Section 112 of that Act allows a registered society to pass a resolution to convert itself into a company, amalgamate with a company or transfer its engagements to a company. A copy of the resolution must be forwarded to the FCA.

21.A society can also pass a special resolution that it be wound up voluntarily under the Insolvency Act 1986. If a society does this, it must forward a copy of the resolution to the FCA.

22.A society which is solvent can also apply to the FCA to register an instrument of dissolution which will allow it to be dissolved and terminate its registration as a society.

23.Amendments are made to paragraph 12 of Schedule 1 to remove the requirements for an RSL which is a registered society to obtain the consent of the Welsh Ministers to a resolution:

  • to amalgamate with another society, transfer its engagements to another society, convert itself into a registered company, amalgamate with a company or transfer its engagements to a company; or

    • to be wound up voluntarily under the Insolvency Act 1986 or by an instrument of dissolution, and

    • Instead a duty will be imposed on an RSL to notify the Welsh Ministers of such resolutions.

24.As a result of the amendments made to paragraph 12 of Schedule 1 by section 4, an RSL which is a registered society does not have to obtain the consent of the Welsh Ministers to a resolution to amalgamate with another society, transfer its engagements to another society, convert itself into a registered company, amalgamate with a company or transfer its engagements to a company. The RSL must notify the Welsh Ministers and comply with any notification directions given by them. For more information on notification directions see paragraph 13A of Schedule 1, inserted by section 5 of the Act.

25.In addition, any notification to the Welsh Ministers of any of the resolutions referred to in the paragraph above (with the exception of resolutions for conversion of a society to a company) must be accompanied by a statement setting out the consultation the RSL carried out with its tenants before passing the resolution in question .

26.The consent of the Welsh Ministers is not required before a resolution is passed that the RSL is wound up voluntarily under the Insolvency Act 1986 or if the RSL is to be dissolved by an instrument of dissolution. The RSL must notify the Welsh Ministers and comply with any notification directions given by them. For more information on notification directions see paragraph 13A of Schedule 1, inserted by section 5 of the Act.

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