Social housing sector remains strong


As well as providing structural warranties for developers and self-builders throughout the UK, Advantage also works with a number of Housing Associations, providing 10-12 year cover.

This week, we took a look at the results of The Regulator of Social Housing’s latest quarterly survey of registered providers.

The social housing sector remains financially strong

The report covers the period from 1st October 2020 to 31st December 2020 and states that the social housing sector remains financially strong with access to sufficient finance, despite the continuing challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

The sector has good access to finance with total cash and undrawn facilities totalling £35.5 billion at the end of the quarter. The sector continues to attract considerable investment and has raised in total £113 billion in private finance. This includes £3 billion in new facilities during the quarter.

Capitalised repairs and maintenance spending increased to £455 million, a 50% increase on the previous quarter, although it was lower than forecast. Providers have reported ongoing delays as a result of lockdown restrictions; however, outturn spend was more in line with levels seen before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

£3.4 billion investment in housing supply

planningInvestment in housing supply during the quarter was £3.4 billion, an increase of 42% on the previous quarter. This was higher than the forecast for contractually committed schemes. Sales receipts in the quarter totalled £1.7 billion; 17% higher than the forecast and reflecting the caution and uncertainty shown by providers in making forecasts.

Arrears and void loss figures remain stable, although still affected by coronavirus restrictions and associated increase in unemployment. Rent collection rates continue to be consistent with normal seasonal trends, and underlying cashflow performance remains strong.

Performance & plans are returning towards levels seen before the pandemic

Forecasts for the next 12 months indicate that performance and plans are continuing to return towards levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic, however this could be impacted if the Government is forced to delay elements of its roadmap.

Will Perry, Director of Strategy at RSH, said:

“The social housing sector continues to show financial strength and forecasts increased spend on maintenance and investment over the next twelve months.

“The continuing challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic reinforce the need for providers to manage risk effectively and ensure they can both maintain services to tenants and plan and invest for the future.”

Whether you’re a social and affordable housing specialist or a commercial developer or you’re planning to build or convert your dream home, Advantage can provide structural warranties for projects ranging from multi-million pound developments to individual self-builds. If you would like more information, please call: 0845 900 3969, email: sales@ahci.co.uk or pay a visit to our homepage: https://ahci.co.uk/

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