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2011

CCHPR's publications during 2011.
Comparison of stock, rents and service charges among different types of social landlords: 2008/09
In 2009, Dataspring undertook comparative analyses between these four types of social landlords on stock, rents and service charges. Following that baseline study, this paper updates the analysis and further investigates whether or not substantial differences exist between these landlords. Additional time series analysis has been included to help clarify this.
Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations
This project involved conducting a cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity providing housing, care and support for people with sight loss in the UK. This short publication compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly people resulting from poor lighting.
Cross tenure rents and affordability 2008/09 update
This paper looks at the regional pattern of rents over the period 2002/03 to 2008/09 in the local authority, housing association, private rented and owner occupier sectors.
Domestic violence, assistance for adults without dependent children - Final report
The study explored the extent to which adults without dependent children who have to leave their homes as a result of domestic violence, and who seek housing assistance from a local authority, receive sufficient assistance to ensure they do not have to return to accommodation where they would be at risk of violence.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programme: Final report
This project evaluated the implementation, operation and success of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes. These aimed to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing services, extending to wider client groups and linking housing advice to wider advice about a range of issues. This work was lead by CCHPR, with involvement from Birmingham University (Centre for Urban and Regional Analysis) and Shared Intelligence.
Evaluation of FirstStop: Phase 2 Reports
The reports present the findings from an ongoing evaluation by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, which is analysing and informing the development of the FirstStop service. The new initiative aims to provide older people, their families and carers with a one-stop shop for advice on issues like home improvements and care. Users can call on a freephone number, or visit a website, to obtain independent, impartial information and advice on housing, care options, their rights and financial support. FirstStop also provides face to face advice and assistance locally e.g. helping older people to move to a more suitable home.
Evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice initiative for older people: findings 2011/2012
A comprehensive information and advice service enabling older people to better plan ahead for their future housing and care needs is a key requirement if Britain is to cope successfully with its ageing society. The evaluation of FirstStop shows how it is helping older people to make difficult decisions about their housing and care.
FirstStop evaluation ‘moving on’
FirstStop Advice is a service providing information and advice about care and housing options in later life for older people, their families and carers. The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge is undertaking an independent evaluation of the FirstStop service. This short report discusses some of the emerging findings from the evaluation about older people moving home.
FirstStop Evaluation Phase 1 Report
This research project is evaluating the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers that is funded partly by Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).
Hidden Needs: Hidden Deprivation and Community Need in Suffolk. A Report to the Suffolk Foundation
Research by CCHPR commissioned by The Suffolk Foundation describes how even in a superficially affluent county like Suffolk, there are areas and families experiencing deprivation.
Housing Benefit reform and the spatial segregation of low-income households in London
This working paper analyses in detail how the government's Housing Benefit reforms will affect where in London low-income private tenants will be able to find affordable housing. We show that almost all of inner London will be largely unaffordable by 2016, and that HB claimants are likely to become increasingly concentrated in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
In-depth interviews with people affected by the benefit cap
This research was carried out for the Department for Work and Pensions by CCHPR about the impact of the Benefit Cap. The Benefit Cap was brought in over the summer of 2013 and limits working age benefits for out of work households to £500 a week for families and couples, and £350 for single person households. The research will add to the DWP’s understanding of the impact of the Cap on affected benefit claimants and will explore the ways in which claimants have responded to the introduction of the Cap. The first study was based on 50 in depth interviews with households whose benefits had been capped and explored the impact on work, seeking work, mobility, household structure, incomes, wellbeing and attitudes to work and benefits.
Making informed decisions on housing options: the value of advice and support for older people
Making informed decisions on housing options: the value of advice and support for older people – paper presented at the ENHR Conference in Tarragona by Dr Gemma Burgess and Dr Nicky Morrison.
Market-pegged social rents & local income distributions
This report looks at whether higher 'affordable rents', pegged to market rents, for social housing will be affordable to different households in different locations. It discusses definitions of affordability, and recommends and employs a combined residual-income and rent-income-ratio measure. It draws on administrative data from CORE to describe recent trends in affordability measures in new social housing lettings.
Memorandum submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply
A memorandum was submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply from the University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge and the LSE.
Mixed Communities Literature Review. Report to the Scottish Government: Communities Analytical Services
The Scottish Government commissioned CCHPR to write a literature review on the subject of mixed communities.
New Affordable Homes: What, for whom and where have Registered Providers been building between 1989 and 2009?
Using existing data sources, the purpose of this project was to provide a strong evidence base to show what the current provision of affordable housing built over the last 20 years looks like in terms of location, type of housing and size, and whether it is significantly different compared with past provision. The aim was to demonstrate what has been achieved in terms of investment in affordable housing, and to link this with tenant satisfaction.
North Hertfordshire Under-occupation Study
This report was commissioned by North Herts Housing Partnership to assist them with the development of systems to identify under-occupiers and help them to meet their housing needs and aspirations. It reports the findings from a survey of tenants as well as analysis of other data sources.
Opportunities for institutional investment in affordable housing
This report prepared by Peter Williams (CCHPR), Nick Salisbury (Barclays Corporate Real Estate) and Robin Caven (HCA) on behalf of the HCA’s Housing Finance Group offers an assessment of the potential for institutional investment in affordable housing and puts forward suggestions as to how this market might be developed.
Presentation of FirstStop evaluation research findings
Dr Gemma Burgess presented findings from the evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice service for older people at a series of conferences organised by Care & Repair. The conferences, ‘In our own hands: Improving information and advice for later life decision making’ were attended by policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholder and were an opportunity to share knowledge and to discuss emerging policy agendas. The evaluation presentation can be downloaded below. For more information please contact Dr Burgess at glb36@cam.ac.uk.
Private housing sector: The UK and ideas from other countries
The private rented housing sector: The UK and ideas from other countries - a seminar presentation to the Social Market Foundation by Michael Oxley, March 2017
Providing the evidence base for local housing demand and need assessments, Report
In the context of uncertainty over the need for an evidence base to support local authority plans for new housing, this report for Shelter presents the findings of research into the views of local authorities and stakeholders as to what might be feasible and useful to help them with their plans.
Shared ownership: Ugly Sister or Cinderella? The role of mortgage lenders in growing the shared ownership market
Shared ownership has been in operation for over 35 years and forms an established part of the UK housing landscape. It makes up a substantial and increasing proportion of new-build Affordable Housing, and is now set to be further expanded. The aim of the study was to improve mortgage lenders’ understanding of shared ownership and to help firms evaluate their appetite to support shared ownership in the light of the government’s aspirations for the tenure. The report makes recommendations for government, regulators, lenders and other stakeholders.
Target rents in relation to market levels: 2008/09
This paper evaluates target rents in terms of the restructuring regime objectives by examining to what extent the target rents are employing market logic in their formation to reflect the policy objectives, with a main emphasis on a comparative approach. On the assumption that market rents are currently close to equilibrium, this paper compares target rents to private rents in an attempt to capture the extent to which fairness and affordability are delivered by the target rents.
Thames Valley Housing Fizzy Update
CCHPR Research Fellow Dr Peter Williams presented an update on the Fizzy strategy adopted by Thames Valley Housing to the NSW Federation of Housing Associations in Australia.
The Changing Role of Private Renting in Europe
This research suggests that it is economic pressures rather than government policies which have been most important in changing the role of private renting across Europe. The research, undertaken by LSE London with the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and experts from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands found that demand for private renting is growing for four main reasons. First, in many places it has become harder to buy a home. Also, shifts in economic activity mean younger and more mobile people want to live in big cities and university towns, and the number of students (both national and international) in higher education has grown. Finally, there is some evidence that more young households are actively choosing to rent—some because of credit constraints and a growing feeling that home ownership is risky; others because renting privately offers better choice.
The Citizen in Regulation, Final Report
This chapter reviewed the existing literature on the perceived benefits of citizen participation in public services and explored where evidence indicates that citizen involvement may be applied in the context of local regulation to improve regulatory outcomes.
Under-utilisation of the housing stock: Eight local case studies, Report
This report includes eight local authority case studies into exploring under-utilisation of the existing housing stock. It was commissioned by Shelter to feed into a wider strand of work and examines the issues of empty properties, second homes and under-occupation.
Women’s Design Group Project Evaluation
The Women's Design Service was funded to run a project by London Councils (2008-2011) to set up Women's Design Groups (WDG) across twelve London Boroughs. The aim of the Groups was “to increase community engagement and participation in local and regional planning and policy development”.

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Ask the Expert: Professor Michael Oxley speaks at the Social Market Foundation

Apr 25, 2017

Mike Oxley, Director of CCHPR, delivered a lunchtime seminar at the Social Market Foundation in March 2017. Professor Oxley discussed the changing role of the private rented housing sector in the UK and the corresponding implications for policy.

New research shows numbers of first time buyers relying on 'bank of mum and dad’ hits historic high

Mar 28, 2017

Our new research on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission has been published this week showing that the number of first time buyers relying on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' has hit a historic high. Drawing on Governmental and housing market data, Chihiro Udagawa and colleagues have analysed the recent pattern of parental help for first-time buyers. The research also includes trends and projections of such parental help.

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