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HCA analysis of cost variations across the social housing sector  23/06/2016

The HCA has published a new analysis of cost variation across the social housing sector and announced that it will increasingly challenge registered providers on their approach to efficiency as part of its regulation of Value for Money (VfM).


Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in operating costs is part of a suite of documents published by the HCA as a Regulator to help housing association boards and executives further understand the main drivers of costs and ensure appropriate strategies are in place to maximise VfM and meet their objectives of investing in new and existing homes and delivering quality services to tenants.


The analysis shows that median headline social housing costs were £3,550 per unit in 2015. The HCA analysis found significant variation across the sector, with the lower and upper quartiles of headline unit costs being £3,200pa and £4,300pa respectively.


Local authorities and other stakeholders may find the analysis useful in holding housing associations to account and as a useful benchmark for their own VfM strategies.

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