Standards of Almshouse Management


Contents

Chapter 1 Governance 1.0 Charity Law – the Statutory Framework 1.1 The Charities Act 2011 1.2 The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 1.3 Types of charity structure 1.4…

Chapter 9 – Homes England

9.0 Homes England, the Greater London Authority and the Regulator for Social Housing . Last updated May 19 9.1 Introduction Homes England, The Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Regulator…

Chapter 8 – Funding a Project

8.0 Funding a Project   Last updated Jan 19 8.1 Introduction This chapter sets out a simple and logical process for trustees to plan a project. It outlines some general…

Chapter 8 - Funding a Project

…confused with the role of the Architect and/or Building Surveyor.   8.3 Public Funding 8.3.1 Homes England (HE) manages the Affordable Homes Programme and associated capital funding initiatives, which provide…

Chapter 7 – Land and Buildings

7.0 Land and Buildings   Last updated Jan 18 7.1 Introduction If trustees are contemplating a major new build or modernisation project, The Almshouse Association is able to provide guidance…

Chapter 7 - Land and Buildings

…accreditation. All these professions have Historic England accreditation schemes. Trustees are advised to obtain several quotes before making any appointments. 7.3.1 Selection of consultants Once trustees have decided upon the…

Chapter 6 – Residents

6.0 Residents   Last updated June 20 6.1 Status and qualifications Status of a resident A person appointed as a resident of an almshouse charity is a beneficiary of the…

Chapter 6 - Residents

…websites: www.ageuk.org.uk. www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser www.turn2us.org.uk. A number of communal services, such as heating and lighting in shared areas and the provision of laundry rooms, are considered eligible for Housing Benefit. Local…

Chapter 5 – Financial Management

…Regulatory Framework for Social Housing in England from 1 April 2015: Appendix 1: Detailed information on calculating formula rent, which can be found at Homes England website: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/419203/Rent_Standard_2015.pdf Similar provisions…

Chapter 5 - Financial Management

…Housing in England from 2012: Annex A Rent Standard Guidance, which can be found on Homes England website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/homes-england. The review of WMC should be linked to the budget which…

Chapter 4 – Health and Safety

…a wholesome water supply and a suitable site. 4.18.1 The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 specify the temperature at which…

Chapter 4 - Health and Safety

…and a suitable site. 4.18.1 The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 specify the temperature at which foods that are likely…

Chapter 3 – Staff

3.0 Staff   Last updated Jan 19 3.1 Introduction This chapter examines the roles and responsibilities of those who are involved with almshouse charities, including trustees, members of staff and…

Chapter 3 - Staff

…as a charitable company, to act in accordance with the legal requirements laid down in the Companies Act 2006. See Chapter 1, paragraph 1.5.17.2 Where a charity is registered as…

Chapter 2 – Administration

2.0 Administration last updated April 19 2.1 Systems and procedures Trustees will find that their charity is more effective in providing a high standard of almshouse accommodation and support for…

Chapter 2 - Administration

…also offers training for those seeking professional qualifications, www.cih.org For further information see Chapter 3 2.9 Induction of residents 2.9.1 Induction Trustees, clerks or scheme managers should include induction as…

Chapter 1 – Governance

…should be sought where appropriate. 1. Charity Law – the Statutory Framework 1.1 The Charities Act 2011 The Charities Act 2011 (as amended – see section 1.2 below) replaced previous…

Chapter 1 - Governance

…charity. See section 1.5.1 for further information. 1.3 Types of Charity Structure A charity’s structure is defined by its governing document. The type of structure chosen affects how the charity…

9.9 Regulator of Social Housing

…Initial Registration Process 9.9.1 This is made to the Regulator of Social Housing, a sister body to Homes England, and it is a two stage process, involving the completion of…

9.8 Grants for New Dwellings

…non-housing property for residential use is limited to Registered Providers. This is a statutory requirement and Homes England and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have no discretion in this matter….

9.6 Almshouse Consortium Limited (ACL)

…Partner Status with Homes England. 9.6.1 One such organisation is Almshouse Consortium Limited (ACL) which exists purely as a vehicle through which almshouses throughout England and London can gain access…

9.1 Introduction

…provision or improvement of housing. The GLA has the responsibility specifically for London, but elsewhere in England, Homes England is the relevant authority. The Almshouse Association has regular meetings with…

8.15 Companies

Many companies support almshouse charities. Trustees should concentrate on larger companies operating in the local area. Information is available from http://www.companygiving.org.uk A full list is contained in The Guide to…

8.14 Grant-making trusts

8.14.1 How to present the Case for Support The charity will only have one opportunity to engage the reader which is why dull, verbose text or a Case for Support…

8.12 Fundraising - General principles

8.12.1 There are legal requirements relating to fundraising activities (see Chapter 5, paragraph 5.45). 8.12.2 If the community is aware of the almshouse charity and the services it provides, this…

8.11 Borrowing

…their Sustainable Funding Project, may be obtained from the website on www.ncvo.org.uk, by email: ncvo@ncvo.org.uk, telephone: 020 7713 6161 or contact NCVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1…

8.10 Use of permanent endowment

8.10.1 The term permanent endowment refers to any property of a charity such as land, investments or other asset, which cannot be spent. This is usually because, when it was…

8.8 Energy saving grants

8.8.1 Details about grant funding for energy saving schemes are available on the website of the Energy Saving Trust: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ 8.8.2 There are a number of schemes available to help…

8.7 National Lottery Heritage Fund

…Heritage Fund website at www.heritagefund.org.uk or email: enquire@hlf.org.uk , telephone: 020 7592 6042/44, fax: 020 7591 6271 or write to the The National Lottery Heritage Fund, 7 Holbein Place, London…

8.6 The National Lottery Community Fund

8.6.1 The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. Most of the funding is awarded…

8.5 English Heritage

8.5.1 English Heritage is only able to make grants for Grade I or Grade II* Listed buildings. Grants are generally awarded primarily for urgent repairs or other work that need…

8.4 Local authority

The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, amended by the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002 and the Housing Act 2004, permit grants and other forms…

8.3 Public Funding

8.3.1 Homes England (HE) manages the Affordable Homes Programme and associated capital funding initiatives, which provide grant funding to Registered Providers. In London the grant regime is managed by the…

7.26 Security

…via their website. The contact details, including websites, of all police forces in the UK can be found at www.police.uk. 7.26.1 Secured by Design Further advice for the early integration…

7.21 Additional almshouse dwellings

…public funding. Without this support Homes England will not consider making an allocation. When considering the construction of new almshouses, trustees should seek advice from the local authority with regard…

7.20 Project management

…almshouses charities seeking grant funding from Homes England. Charities that are RPs can apply for grant funding from Homes England and bids must be made through a lead developer. The…

7.13 Fire precautions for new projects

…has produced an excellent book entitled “Fire Safety in Specialised Housing” which can be found here: https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/write/MediaUploads/NFCC%20Guidance%20publications/NFCC_Specialised_Housing_Guidance_-_Copy.pdf Appendix 1 in this book is “ Summary of fire protection measures for…

7.7 Planning maintenance

…a 10-year maintenance plan for buildings and grounds. Trustees may also refer to the Historic England website for the model format which applies to listed buildings. https://www.historicengland.org.uk/ The quinquennial inspection…

7.3 The Almshouse Association Panel of Consultants

…The Almshouse Consortium Limited (ACL) is a group representing almshouse charities in the UK that wish to develop their properties in co-operation with Homes England through their Investment Partner system….

6.17 Managing grievances and complaints

…trustees and scheme managers. 6.17.1 Procedure for complaints Each charity should have a procedure for residents to make a formal complaint. This will vary depending upon the size of the…

6.6 Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance

…Advice often employ benefits advisors who may be able to help residents. Helpful websites: www.ageuk.org.uk. www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser www.turn2us.org.uk. A number of communal services, such as heating and lighting in shared areas…

6.2 Selection and appointment to an almshouse

6.2.1 Advertising vacancies and list of applicants Much of the success in filling vacancies depends on the continuous marketing of the almshouses, describing what they offer local people, local organisations…

5.45 Fundraising

…see the Charity Commission guidance on fundraising at Charity Fundraising: A Guide to Trustee Duties https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charities-and-fundraising-cc20 and also refer to The Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice 2016 at https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/code-of-fundraising-practice/code-of-fundraising-practice-v1-4-310717-docx/…

5.44 Council tax

…residents who have insufficient income or savings to meet this local tax can seek council tax relief through the local benefits system. 5.44.1 Banding All properties are placed in one…

5.43 Annual returns

Annual returns are required by the Charity Commission and these must be submitted electronically. Also if the charity is a RP an annual return must be made to Homes England….

5.36 Investments

…5.36.1 Investment Advice The Trustee Act 2000 requires trustees to take proper advice when investing and to review the investments from time to time. Proper advice means the advice, given…