The British Property Federation publishes a Code of Governance for For-Profit Registered Providers

The British Property Federation has today published a Code of Governance for For-Profit affordable housing providers.

This culminates almost a year of work on a Code, working in conjunction with Campbell Tickell, who are experts in this field, and an advisory group of investors and advisors led by Rob Beiley, Partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins.

The Code establishes a set of standards which embody and aim to promote good governance practice in the for-profit registered provider (FPRP) sector in England. Institutional Investment – largely via FPRPs – plays a valuable and increasingly significant role in the provision of affordable housing, and the BPF’s members recognise the importance of good governance in safeguarding the interests of shareholders, customers, and other stakeholders, and in protecting the reputation of the sector. British Property Federation – Code of Governance

Greg Campbell, Partner at Campbell Tickell, who drafted the code with colleague Ceri Victory-Rowe said:

The existing codes of governance used by many organisations in the sector, such as the National Housing Federation Code, the UK Corporate Code and ecoDa, all have particular strengths. None of them however is quite right for FPRPs, in recognising the distinct elements of these organisations while ensuring a commitment to the highest standards in governance for the regulated social housing sector. This code is designed to fill that gap, and we are confident it will be welcomed by FPRPs.

Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the BPF said:

Housing is essential to the UK’s economic and social prosperity. Pension funds are a key source of new capital for delivering homes and, as we set out in our manifesto for housing – Building for Generations, our offer to the next Government is to deliver a step change in output of homes across all tenures, including affordable housing. The publication of a Code of Governance for For-Profit Registered Providers provides a framework that will enable providers to demonstrate to stakeholders the highest standards of good governance and positive stewardship of affordable housing.

Rob Beiley, Chair of the BPF’s affordable housing committee and Partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, who project managed the work, said:

The publication of a bespoke code for For-Profit providers reflects the growing maturity of the sector. Given the acute need for affordable housing in England and the headwinds faced by the housing association sector in meeting that demand, institutional investment is likely to form a cornerstone of the next government’s delivery and this Code demonstrates how the For-Profit sector can not only provide the capital that is necessary but can do so in a way that embeds the principles of good governance.

Read the British Property Federation’s Code of Governance 

To discuss any issues raised in this article, please contact Greg Campbell: greg.campbell@campbelltickell.com or Ceri Victory-Rowe: ceri.victory-rowe@campbelltickell.com

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The British Property Federation publishes a Code of Governance for For-Profit Registered Providers

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