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Asset Data: Registered providers rely on asset data both to operate efficiently and to ensure compliance with legislation. Relevant data can be held in a number of systems and spreadsheets across the business. Regular data audits will enable you to understand where your data is and ensure that it remains of a high quality. Incomplete or inaccurate data can have a significant impact on how robust the business plan is.

Date Security: Are you doing enough to keep your data secure? 93% of large organisations suffered some form of breach in 2014 and 90% of these would have been avoidable if best practice had been followed. Changes in legislation in 2014 have placed a greater duty on organisations to report breaches even where no harm has been done with fines increased to 2% of turnover.

Electronic Document Management: Social housing providers have been increasingly adopting Electronic document management over the past 15 years. And the way it is used has changed from the days of simple document imaging to the use of EDRMS now as a key enabler of agile organisations delivering a range of benefits including greater automation, reduced storage costs and greater compliance with data protection and freedom of information legislation.

Procurement: The last year has seen significant changes in procurement practice with the letting of framework agreement RM1059 in August 2014 and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which came into force last month introducing two new routes to procurement: Competitive Procedure with Negotiation and Innovation Partnerships. The new framework in particular has been attracting more providers as a route to procurement now that it includes six of the leading housing software suppliers.