Effective mutuality in a housing association protects and delivers value and ensures accountability its tenant and other members sit at the heart of the business ensuring that it upholds the social and community values it was set up to deliver mutuality and accountability in the housing association sector. The voice of housing associations in england governance and accountability all sub committees are accountable to the board and report to the board as necessary accountability our main mechanism for accountability to our members is the annual general meeting agm. Though housing associations are not subject to the freedom of information act the code of governance states that housing associations must respond in a considered and transparent way to requests for information about their work and activities the federation believes that housing associations should be and are open and accountable organisations. With the ons decision to reclassify housing associations from private to public bodies in september 2015 and the deregulatory measures introduced in response to this it is timely to explore the issue of transparency in the housing association sector. Local authorities want locally accountable partners working together to deliver local plans but many larger housing associations operate in dozens of local authorities and have different priorities in deciding what and where they develop local authority cuts have impacted heavily on planning housing enabling and other resources
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