Housing Association Finance guide

31 January 2024

The NHF and CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) have co-produced the Housing Association Finance guide covering key finance issues within the housing association sector with regular updates from key experts.

What is the Housing Association Finance guide?

The Housing Association Finance guide is a comprehensive online reference resource on financial management for housing associations. It provides practical guidance on all key aspects of housing management and financial functions, including development finance, revenue income, asset management, accounts, treasury management, insurance, risk management and taxation.

The guide is written, peer-reviewed and regularly updated by an editorial board of expert volunteer authors from within the housing and finance sectors.

Housing Association Finance is published as part of CIPFA’s TISonline service.

Who is the guide for?

Finance teams

This guide provides the most up to date information which will enable housing associations to ensure that their finance teams have a current and in depth understanding of financial management and governance issues. 

For staff joining from outside of the social housing sector, this guide will enable them to develop a firm understanding of finance issues specifically for housing associations and use the guide as a reference source in their day-to-day work.

Board members and non- financial executives

Housing Association Finance provides sector-specific, relevant information written by experts in their field that enables boards to verify that the information they are receiving from their executives aligns with their organisation’s objectives and mission.

The guide will help to ensure housing association boards develop and maintain their understanding of key financial issues, crucial to strategic decision-making.

How to subscribe

Housing Association Finance is available via subscription, which enables access for your whole organisation for the full financial year. If you are interested in buying a subscription download and complete this form on behalf of your organisation.

Please email your completed form to customerservices@cipfa.org.

If you have any queries contact CIPFA's customer service team on 020 7543 5600.

Subscription charges


2024/25 fees

Very small housing associations (<500 homes)


Smaller housing associations (500 – 1,000 homes)


Medium housing associations (1,000 – 20,000 homes)


Large housing associations (>20,000 homes)


Commercial and private sector organisations


Please remember you can register and log onto MyCIPFA and spread the word within your organisation so that your staff get full benefit from the resource.