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Newark council failed to carry out over 700 gas safety checks on social housing, says regulator

Newark and Sherwood District Council has been issued with a regulatory notice by RSH following a breach of the consumer standards.

In a regulatory notice published today (Wednesday 26 October), the Regulator of Social Housing concluded that Newark and Sherwood District Council has breached the Home Standard and, as a result, there was potential for serious detriment to tenants.

A spokesperson for RSH said:

‘Newark and Sherwood DC made a self-referral to the regulator in August 2022 as it had identified a failure to meet statutory health and safety requirements in relation to gas safety. Newark and Sherwood DC told us that at that time more than 700 gas safety checks had become overdue.

‘Following this self-referral, RSH concluded that the council had failed to complete hundreds of gas safety checks and, as a result, was in breach of statutory health and safety requirements. The council has put a programme in place to rectify this issue.’

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Angela Holden, Assistant Director of Consumer Regulation at RSH, said:

‘We welcome Newark and Sherwood District Council’s self-referral, which recognises that its failure to meet health and safety requirements has put tenants at potential risk.

‘We expect the council to put things right for tenants and return to compliance with our standards.

‘We will be monitoring them closely as they do this.

More information about the regulator’s findings in this case are available in its  regulatory notice.

RSH promotes a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver and maintain homes of appropriate quality that meet a range of needs.

It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer.

It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants.

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