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Housing and Poverty

Consultancy input into Evaluation of the JRF’s Housing and Poverty Programme
Anna Clarke is working with Cambridge Policy Consultants as an advisor on their evaluation of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Poverty Programme.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project has been awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and supported by Shelter, in order to understand the causes of landlord evictions and of forced moves, where tenants feel compelled to move home for reasons such as affordability, security or to move away from particular locations.
Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants
This short piece of research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to better understand likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing associations and the associated sale of higher value local authority stock.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK
CCHPR was awarded funding for this work from the ESRC as part of their What Works in Tackling Poverty programme. The ESRC funded four new research projects that aimed to advance understanding of effective strategies for tackling poverty. This project explored the role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK.
Poverty focused review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans
The Joseph Rowntree foundation commissioned CCHPR to carry out a poverty-focussed review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans. With input from Savills, this project exploreed where poverty fits within the strategies, policies and business plans of local authorities, housing associations and private landlords. It involved detailed analysis of business plans, housing and organisational strategies, annual reports, tenancy strategies, allocations and lettings policies and other relevant strategies.
Building social capital through community timebanking: an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project
TTimebanking is an exchange system in which time is the principal currency. For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank they are able to ‘withdraw’ an hour of support when they are in need. This research evaluated the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire by Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group.
Deprivation and community need in Suffolk
This project sought to assemble a coherent evidence place on where deprivation is experienced in Suffolk, how it is concentrated and where it may be hard to identify. It built on an assumption that deprivation can be material, physical or social and may be obscured by being concentrated in certain places or among certain groups of population. It may also arise from a combination of personal and place characteristics.
Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors
This is an ‘expert panel’ study for CLG looking at the impact of the economic and housing market downturn on the rented sector of the housing market.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers
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.
The ward penalty in Birmingham
The Barrow Cadbury Trust approached Land Economy and CCHPR to conduct an investigation into the relationships between race, place and poverty in Birmingham. The study begins from the observation that many of the highly deprived parts of the city, particularly the inner urban areas, are also those with large minority ethnic populations.
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund scoping study
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund was established by Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions in 2008. Replacing the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, it directs funding to 65 local authorities to help them tackle concentrations of worklessness. A team from the Department of Land Economy, under the direction of Prof Peter Tyler and including several members of CCHPR, is leading the scoping study and interim evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund. CCHPR provided expertise for an online survey and qualitative fieldwork with districts in receipt of funding. Other elements of the whole research programme were carried out by Cambridge Econometrics and EDuce consultancy.
The Poor Pay More
This research, published by the energy consumer watchdog, examined the limits of competitive markets in the provision of essential services to low-income consumers.

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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.

Social landlords are stepping in to tackle youth poverty - study finds

Mar 14, 2017

Initiatives run by social housing providers to help young people aged 16-25 increase their independence and employment prospects are helping to reduce youth poverty, says our new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

UK Housing Review 2017 published

Mar 01, 2017

CCHPR Departmental Fellow, Peter Williams has co-authored the latest UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Research into student housing in Cambridge published

Jan 30, 2017

New research into the housing needs of students in Cambridge has been published this week. Cambridge City Council commissioned the study to help to inform planning policy regarding student accommodation and its impact upon housing need, in relation to the emerging Local Plan.

New research into housing needs of non-resident parents, seeks participants!

Jan 19, 2017

Commonweal Housing has funded the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to research the housing needs and views of non-resident parents who live, or have considered living, in shared housing.

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