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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 127 - Directions

297.Subsections (1), (2)and (3) give the regulator the power to give directions to registered providers about the preparation of accounts for the purpose of ensuring that accounts are prepared in a proper form and that they present a true and fair view of a registered provider’s state of affairs as far as it concerns social housing, including its present and past social housing assets and funds. This broadly replicates the effect of paragraph 16(1) of Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act. A direction may be given to a profit-making registered provider only in so far as its accounts relate to social housing activities.

298.Subsection (4) provides that a direction may provide specifically for how registered providers that are charities should distinguish in their accounts between social housing activities and other matters. This broadly replicates the effect of paragraph 16(2) of Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act.

299.Subsection (5) provides that directions under this power may make general provision, or provision specific to particular cases, and that provision may vary according to different cases or types of provider.

300.Subsection (6) provides that where directions relate to more than one provider, those directions must first be consulted on by the regulator with bodies appearing to represent the interests of registered providers.

301.Subsection (7) requires the regulator to make arrangements to ensure that providers to whom directions apply are made aware of their requirements.

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