The Interim Report from the Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (often referred to as the 'bedroom tax'), carried out jointly by CCHPR and Ipsos Mori, has been published. The report explores the effects of the cuts to Housing Benefit for working age social housing tenants who are deemd to be under-occupying their home.
This report explores the progress of the local housing options services which are currently funded by FirstStop. The research suggests the local projects have empowered older people to make informed decisions, have given them full knowledge of all the options available and have supported them in appraising these options effectively.
CCHPR have published a research paper into the methodology for understanding local affordability and rents among social tenants. The research, which was commissioned by Affinity Sutton, is being published to contribute to the affordability debate across the sector. One key finding from the research is that while in the past many rent policies have held down rents on larger properties to assist families, those actually most likely to be helped off benefits through lower rents are smaller households without children.
The Managing Money Better (MMB) project provides money management information and advice through the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers through its website, national telephone advice line and its existing network of local partners and peer to peer services, which deliver face to face information and advice on housing, care and money options. It is an integrated part of the housing and care options support service offered by FirstStop. The project aims to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support. Dr Gemma Burgess has evaluated the MMB project to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service.
A recent review conducted by CCHPR identified measures taken successfully in other countries to bring land forward for housing (Monk et al, 2013). However, it showed that in England and Wales many of these mechanisms are already available or in place in some form. This new research funded by the RICS builds on the review to identify case study examples where the mechanisms have been used successfully.