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CCHPR's publications during 2013.
Analysis of FirstStop local partner client case studies: Did clients benefit long term from the housing options support they received?
FirstStop Advice is an independent, free service offering advice and information for older people, their families and carers about housing and care options in later life funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It is led by the charity Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) working in partnership with other national and local organisations.
Analysis of the potential value for money to the public purse of the Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency Housing Options Advice service
This report analyses the potential savings to the public purse of the Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency (LHIA) housing options advice service. The methodology builds on research conducted for the large scale evaluation of the national FirstStop service conducted by the University of Cambridge.
Building an effective safety net for home owners and the housing market
This report examines the current state of the safety net for home owners who get into difficulty. It also highlights the current uncertainties regarding government policy in this area. the report sets out some options for the future that government might consider.
Building Social Capital through Community Timebanking: an interim evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project
This research evaluates the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire for Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group.
Challenging times, changing Lives
Riverside Housing Group have published the first output from a three year longitudinal study tracking the lives of 20 tenants and exploring how they respond to financial changes and welfare reform. Anna Clarke, from CCHPR, has been supporting the project in an advisory capacity. This first report presents the findings and conclusions from the intial baseline study.
Equity release amongst older home owners
There is increasing interest in the role the use of equity release products can play in coping with some of the pressures of an ageing population. This study analyses what we already know about the use of equity release products by older homeowners to identify what might it be valuable to research further. The scoping study reviews our understanding and knowledge from research on the use (or not, in most cases) of equity release products by older homeowners. It pulls together findings from the existing literature, reviews different data sets and draws on stakeholder discussions to identify what is already known about equity release in later life, what is missing from the current evidence base and the key research questions that need tackling in relation to likely future policy directions.
Evaluation of lighting interventions in Stourbridge
In the summer of 2011 Pocklington funded lighting adaptations for 12 elderly people with sight loss living in Stourbridge. The evaluation of this scheme involved interviewing the beneficiaries to explore the impacts of the interventions and to inform good practice.
Impact of welfare reform on housing associations – 2012 Baseline report
The National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how welfare reform impacts across the housing association sector in England. The first component of the research programme is to establish baseline data and understand pre-emptive behaviour change before the reforms come into force. This will be a precursor to monitoring impact after April 2013, up to March 2014.
Intended and unintended consequences? A case study survey of housing associations and welfare reforms
The National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how welfare reform impacts across the housing association sector in England. The baseline report was published in late 2012 and this case report builds on that with the results of 15 in depth case study housing associations.
International review of land supply and planning systems
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation published an international review of land supply and planning systems conducted by CCHPR, looking at what works and whether successful mechanisms from other countries could be transferred to the UK context. The review suggests that land supply is a key issue contributing to housing market volatility and problems of housing affordability in the UK.
Managing hearing loss in vulnerable groups of the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
This study is the second of two pieces of research exploring the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf.
Reselling shared ownership properties after improvements
This short report, commissioned by Thames Valley Housing Association explores the process of reselling shared ownership properties in situations where owners have made improvements, increasing the value of their home. It explores the relative merits of different systems in use for valuing the improvements and attempting to ensure that the owner benefits financially for any uplift in value they have created.
Scoping study on service use by the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
This study aimed to begin to explore the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf. The research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community and also identified gaps in services in Cambridgeshire .
Social housing in the East: Challenges for the region and implications for the UK
This report is designed to inform the strategic thinking of national and local government and the social housing sector. It also aims to build public understanding of the key challenges and opportunities that the region will face in the future.
The changing delivery of planning gain through Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy
The aim of this research was to consider the issues shaping the delivery of planning obligations through S106 and to explore the potential impact of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), particularly on the delivery of affordable housing.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: Identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The report is in three main parts: identifying good practice; implications of welfare reform; and strategies, solutions and models. The report concludes that while there are clearly many challenges facing private rented sector access schemes in the coming months and years, there are also many examples of good practice in addressing them. Overall, while there is no single solution that works in all housing markets, PRS access schemes are piloting a range of approaches and responding well to the challenges posed by welfare reform. The situation in London is more difficult, but nevertheless schemes were optimistic. PRS access schemes have grown over the last ten years and seem likely to continue to do so, despite the challenges posed by welfare reforms.

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