An Introductory Guide to Housing Finance in England and Wales (2019 Edition)


Housing, and social housing in particular, has undergone many changes in the last five years. This updated guidance is aimed at anyone wanting to understand the financial principles that apply to housing services provided by local authorities.







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The provision of social housing is a big issue for government and the public sector. Local authorities have a key role in responding to the needs of those in the community and understanding how the relevant finance structures work is vital if they are fully going to play their part.

Housing, and social housing in particular, has undergone many changes since the last edition of this title in 2011. The guidance looks at the current landscape for social housing and outlines the statutory duties placed on local authorities to provide housing for those in need. It looks at local housing strategies to address supply and working with the private rented sector. Chapters outline the policy agenda, consider the consequences of welfare reform, tackling homelessness and the consequences of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Arrangements are no longer uniform across the UK and this edition provides a greater level of detail including where policies and practices in Wales differ.

The publication will be useful for local authority officers who have a need to understand the main financial principles that apply to providing housing services, as well as anyone working in housing provision or who is charged with scrutinising policy and practice.


This publication is only available online. The digital version is available as both searchable HTML and a bookmarked downloadable PDF of the publication that can be shared throughout your organisation.


Customers will need to register and login to CIPFA’s website to access the publication. Details of licensing arrangements for other categories of purchaser, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA’s Publications Department.

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