Draft Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2019

This consultation has now closed.

Responses to the consultation will be reported to councillors for consideration later in 2019 before the final business plan is adopted.


We’re consulting on a new plan for our council housing and would like to hear what you think.

The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan is our strategic plan for our housing stock and is being reviewed for the first time since 2014. 

Nationally and locally there is a serious shortage of homes and many people struggle to afford to rent or buy somewhere to live.

In a major change of policy, the government recognises that council housing could help to solve the problem. 

However, our first challenge is to sort out the finances which are covered by the HRA, the account we use to manage the money related to council housing. They are currently unsustainable because the HRA budget predicts a deficit of £5.8 million in 2019/20. This is because of:

  • Government-imposed rent cuts, which reduced our rental income by about £20 million over four years
  • Investment in converting student accommodation into new homes in the Parham Road area of Canterbury
  • Unsustainably high budgets for one-off repairs and day-to-day maintenance costs. 

Our business plan looks at our finances and balances our desire to build new homes while ensuring existing properties are safe, well managed and well maintained. It explains our current situation, what we want to achieve and how it will be paid for.

This challenging agenda requires us to rethink our approach to council housing: who should be eligible to live in it, our priorities and how they will be paid for.

Have your say

Give us your views by completing our questionnaire by 5pm on Monday 9 September 2019.

Next steps

Responses to the consultation will be reported to councillors for consideration later in 2019 before the final business plan is adopted.