Code Audit Panel Leeds and Bradford

04/01/2017

The Audit Panel has responsibility for:

  • the operation of the verification system as determined by Unipol’s Board (in Leeds to inspect 1 in 5 properties and in Bradford to inspect all properties every three years for landlords and the same ratio of properties by owner when managed by a managing agent).
  • deciding whether additional verification visits are required following any complaints or concerns
  • approving an application for membership with the UCA reporting all new members to the Audit Panel at the earliest opportunity
  • evaluating reports made to them by the UCA
  • ensuring any improvement actions made in verification reports are clear, monitored and followed.

The Audit Panel has powers to:

  • immediately suspend a member from a Code pending further consideration by the Tribunal
  • refer a member to the Tribunal for non-compliance together with any recommendation for warnings, suspensions or expulsion from the Codes.

The Audit Panel will:

  • receive a report at each meeting from the Unipol Codes Administrator on the outcomes from the verification processes
  • ensure that verification is taking place within 30 days of an application being made to join the Code
  • ensure that a completed verification report is received in a timely manner for each inspection undertaken and kept on file for six years
  • issue minutes recording decisions of the Panel which are circulated to members and the relevant officials of Unipol.

Membership

The Audit Panel consists of:

An independent Chair
Mr John Balfour

One representative of the Leeds and Bradford Services Committee
Suzy Harrison

The Assistant Chief Executive - Standards, Ms Victoria Tolmie-Loverseed (or in her absence the Assistant Chief Executive - Hub Services)

Appointments are made for three years.

In Attendance

Ms Faye Swanwick, the Unipol Codes Administrator, who services the Panel

Members of a verification team whose reports are due to be discussed

The Complaints Investigator when their presence is required by the Panel.

The Panel meets four times a year 2017-2018 and thereafter not less than three times a year, to oversee reports of verification.