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Setting up your HRA from scratch

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Event summary

This course will provide you with the know-how to re-establish your Housing Revenue Account (HRA) and develop your first 30 year HRA business plan. David Ellis, CIPFA's housing finance expert, and Steve Partridge from Savills, a nationally-recognised expert in business planning and funding for housing investments, will show you how to go about re-establishing your HRA and set out a route map to finance, build and maintain a housing portfolio.

This is a Housing Advisory Network webinar.


17 May 2021
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 16:00

Standard price

£375.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£250.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The government has set a target to build 300,000 homes a year, but history tells us that the private sector has struggled to build more than 200,000 in only one or two years since the second world war. Indeed, it was councils that built the majority of new homes in the immediate post war period to address the last great housing crisis. The scene changed in 1979 with a change in government, heralding many years of restrictions on the building of more council homes by successive Conservative and New Labour administrations.

More recently, there has been growing recognition that councils are once again part of the solution to today's housing crisis. The lifting of the HRA borrowing cap provides councils with the ability to implement a step change and building more council homes is moving up the agenda of central government and front and centre of many council corporate priorities.

But around half of all housing authorities no longer have HRAs, having lost stock through the right to buy and transfers to housing associations. Many of these councils are now looking to set up their HRAs once again but have long since lost the knowledge and experience necessary to re-create their HRA anew and use it to best effect.

During the day, we will cover:

  • a general introduction to the topic
  • everything you need to know about setting up your HRA
  • an introduction to 30 year HRA business planning
  • how to go about funding your house building programme

Throughout the course there will be plenty of opportunity for participation, discussion and debate, with a focus on interaction to get the most from the sessions.

Learning outcomes

The webinar will bring you up to date with the latest changes to housing policy and practice. Our experts will show you what a good HRA and 30 year business plan looks like and the practical steps you need to take to set up your HRA structure, processes and procedures. The sessions will be informative and will give you the confidence to set up your HRA and develop your first 30 year HRA business plan.

Who will benefit?

This webinar is aimed at local authority housing strategic leaders, business planning, development and finance staff who are looking to re-establish their HRA, build new homes at scale to address homelessness and regenerate local communities. Colleagues responsible for budgetary management and future development, 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. Corporate strategic policy officers will also find this useful in understanding the opportunities for major redevelopment, regeneration and place making.

CPD hours

4.75 hours


  • Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Housing
  • / Property
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Dave Ayre - Property Networks Manager

Dave is a qualified public service manager with extensive experience in the development and implementation of innovative public/private partnerships. Dave 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 - David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as Chief Accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts. E:, T: 07879 665950

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.