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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 93 - General

188.This section gives the regulator power to do anything it thinks necessary or expedient for the purpose of, or in connection with, the performance of a function conferred on it by this Part, or another enactment. In particular the regulator may do anything it thinks appropriate for advancing its fundamental objectives.

Section 94 - Studies

189.This section gives the regulator a power to commission studies or to carry them out itself with the objective of improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of registered providers. Where the regulator carries out or commissions such studies, it may publish a report.

Section 95 - Financial assistance

190.This section gives the regulator a power to give financial assistance in certain circumstances.

191.Subsection (1) gives the regulator power to give financial assistance in connection with research, guidance, best practice and tenant involvement.

192.Subsection (2) sets out a range of means by which the regulator may give financial assistance, including grant, loan, or the defraying of expenditure on behalf of a person. Subsection (2)(d)notes that the regulator may also give financial assistance in any other way, with the specified exceptions of purchasing loan or share capital of a body corporate or the giving of a guarantee or indemnity.

193.Subsection (3) gives the regulator a separate power to give financial assistance to a registered provider by lending money or giving a guarantee or indemnity. Such assistance may only be given with the consent of the Secretary of State (subsection (4)) given with the approval of the Treasury.

Section 96 – Evidence

194.This section provides that the regulator may, in considering whether to exercise a power, have regard to information from any source including, in particular, from tenants, bodies representing tenants, local housing authorities, or an ombudsman.

Section 97 – Information, advice &c.

195.This section enables the regulator to publish ideas or information; to undertake research in relation to social housing; and to provide guidance, advice, education or training.

196.Subsection (2) enables the regulator to arrange for someone else to carry out all these activities on its behalf, and also joint working with other persons engaged in the work set out in subsection (1).

197.Subsection (3) specifies that advice may be given to unregistered and prospective housing associations. This provision broadly replicates the effect of section 77 of the Housing Associations Act 1985.

Section 98 – Tenant involvement

198.Section 98 requires the regulator to promote awareness of its functions among tenants of social housing, where appropriate consult tenants about the exercise of its functions, and where appropriate involve them in the exercise of its functions. It also requires the regulator to publish from time to time a statement about how it will meet this duty, following consultation.

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