Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Developing and Stress Testing your 30 Year Housing Business Plan

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Event summary

The war in Ukraine, the consequential sky-rocketing of energy and wheat prices are among some of the major drivers of the cost of living crisis affecting our tenants. We are seeing a growing trend of homelessness, no doubt fuelled in part by evictions from the private rented sector. What is the scale of rent arrears for our tenants and what can we do to target our support to those in most need? What level of rent increases can we reasonably set which are affordable?


13 October 2022
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00

Standard price

£375.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£250.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Councils, housing associations and the wider public sector are not immune from the inflationary pressures faced by wider society. Continued COVID lockdowns in China as they pursue a zero-COVID health strategy, bottlenecks at our ports and airports and skilled labour shortages are all contributing to materials shortages, delivery delays and significant increases in tender costs. Do we just accept that we get less from our capital and revenue works budgets or are there coping strategies we can deploy? But these are not the only pressures. Decent Homes 2, net zero targets and the Building Safety Act all have cost implications for our existing housing portfolios and we still need to deliver more much needed new homes for social rent.

And what of the political scene. As the candidates for Prime Minister make increasingly eye-catching promises, what will be the implications for rent levels, housebuilding and the extension of the right to buy to housing associations?

This year’s review of 30 Year HRA Business Plans and the forward plans of housing associations will be some of the most challenging as we juggle these competing pressures and do our best to plan for political uncertainties.

During the day, we will cover:

  • A general public sector and housing topical update.
  • The implications of the cost of living crisis on rent arrears and how this can be managed.
  • The HRA Business Plan, what it is, why it's needed and how it is created.
  • The data you will need for your 30 Year Business Plan and how to stress test its viability.
  • Inflationary trends in housing maintenance and new build.
  • The key investments that you need to make in your existing stock.
  • The financial capacity you will have for investment in your current stock and the scope to build new homes.
  • A policy sweep to pick up the latest topical issues in relation to housing finance.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at local authority and housing association business planning, development and finance staff who are looking to develop or review their 30 year Housing Business Plans, setting out the investments they need to make in existing stock and the plans to build new homes. It will also be of benefit to other local authority finance staff wanting to develop more than a background knowledge of the HRA and the housing business planning process. Colleagues responsible for budgetary management, future development, sustainability and regeneration both corporately and within housing services may also find this course extremely useful in helping them understand the context in which their services are provided.

How will I benefit?

The course provides a general update on key issues affecting the public and housing sectors. It will also include a comprehensive introduction to the development, review and updating of your Housing 30 Year Business Plan and the resilience of your Housing revenue Account (HRA), and the equivalent plans for housing associations

CPD hours

Four and a half


  • Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Housing
  • / Local government
  • / Sustainability
  • / Value for money

Speaker - Dave Ayre, Property Networks Manager, CIPFA

Dave Ayre

Dave is a qualified public service manager with extensive experience in the development and implementation of innovative public/private partnerships. He manages CIPFA's Highways Asset Management Planning, Strategic Assets and Property Training Networks, and advises on asset management, partnering and wider property issues throughout the UK.

Speaker - Steve Partridge, Director, Savills Housing Consultancy

Steve Partridge, CPFA, is a director at Savills Housing Consultancy. Steve is a senior leader and highly regarded national expert in housing finance with over 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors of business planning, investment appraisal, financing and the development of new homes. Steve specialises in working with housing providers to build their financial capacity, to assess options for, and then implement the delivery of new and better housing.