Join our Scrutiny Panel

The panel looks closely at how Loretto Housing and other parts of Wheatley Group performs.

Male housing officer using an iPad sitting with a female customer

Our Group Scrutiny Panel is another way customers can get involved; ‘scrutiny’ is all about reviewing performance, through a partnership approach, and working with officers to identify improvements for services.

To enhance our approach, we have recently expanded our Group Scrutiny Panel to over 30 Customer Voices from across the four social landlords that make up Wheatley Group.

We rotate meetings around our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dumfries. This gives the Panel the opportunity to hear directly from and engage with staff.

The Panel have met three times this financial year, in May , August and November – the next meeting will be in February 2024.

The Panel scrutinise our Group performance quarterly against Scottish Social Housing Charter indicators, choosing the performance priorities they wish to focus on. The Panel are currently focusing on:

  • Anti-social behaviour resolved
  • Repairs timescales and satisfaction
  • Complaints timescales
  • Lettable houses that become void, average days to re-let, and tenancy sustainment

The Panel also receives a spotlight focus at each meeting;; last year, the Panel looked at allocations and welcomed our Letting and Homelessness Lead to present our policy and process.  In November 2023, the Panel's spotlight session focussed on antisocial behaviour.

The Panel are supported by Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) to help enable them to exercise their scrutiny role effectively, such as through additional training sessions.

In addition to quarterly performance meetings, members of the Panel can also undertake thematic reviews, which is a deeper dive into specific service areas. Members of the thematic group identified repairs communication as an area for review and commenced its work in July 2023, with an initial planning meeting taking place and then a visit to the Customer First Centre in August 2023.

Following the review, the repairs thematic group worked with TPAS to develop a report with recommendations.  The group then met with staff to discuss their report and its findings, co-creating solutions to the recommendations.  Members of the group have attaneded Board meetings to discuss their experience with Board members.  The group will support monitoring progress and will meet with staff in June 2024 to review improvements made and underway.

Find a summary of the report here or read the full report here.

You can also hear what customers had to say by watching the video below.

The next thematic review will be on environmental services - this will be the spotlight item at the Panel's February meeting.

For further information, contact Morgan English on 0141 274 8379 or email morgan.english@wheatley-group.com