Housing associations are Registered Providers (in England) and Registered Social Landlords (in Wales). This means they are registered with the respective Governments or their agencies and may be able to receive public funding to build new homes. Public grant for new homes can usually only be received by a registered body and it can be challenging for CCLH groups to become registered.
Once registered, organisations have to comply with either English Regulatory Standards or the Welsh Regulatory Framework set by the regulator. Sometimes these regulations may not seem appropriate to community groups.