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Social Housing Rents and Finance

Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
Prospects for investment in social housing
The project investigates whether institutional investors can be attracted to expand the social housing sector in the UK. It also examines how the needs of institutional investors and social housing providers can be better aligned by drawing on experience in other countries.
Housing costs, affordability and rent setting
Affinity Sutton commissioned this work from CCHPR to update and build on the definitions of affordability discussed in previous work on market-pegged social rents and local income distributions to determine rent levels that may be deemed affordable according to local incomes and/or earnings, taking account of the impact of geography, household size/composition and the current changes in welfare benefits.
Update of UK Housing Finance entry
The Housing Finance Information Network (HOFINET) is a quality-assured web portal that consolidates regularly updated international housing finance knowledge in one central, easily accessible place (http://www.hofinet.org/). CCHPR supplied the UK entry.
NewBuy; a review of mortgage pricing
This project is a short piece of research based advice for officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government. It is not intended for publication.
Future investment in affordable housing
The National Housing Federation in partnership with CCHPR is exploring possible models for investment in new affordable homes. This research contributes to that work.
Facing the future: The future role and financing of social housing
The Housing Futures Network has commissioned CCHPR to produce new work looking at the future of the social housing sector. The work will look at the future options for financing the sector, and also at the implications of the latest policy reforms including welfare reform, housing benefits and under-occupation.
Affordable Rents assessment for Cambridge City
This research was undertaken in order to provide an assessment of affordability of housing association and local authority rents when they are pegged at given ratios of prevailing market rents within Cambridge City and the housing sub-market.
Housing association service charges for general needs housing
This project examined how service charges applied to general needs stock by housing associations varied between different property types and sizes, and between types of association.
Affordability in the housing association sector
This project looks at the affordability in the housing associating (HA) sector. It also compares the position of HA tenants with those in the private rented and owner-occupier sector.
Detailed analysis of the current pattern of RSL rents 2007-2009
As a baseline of reviewing the rent restructuring regime of 2000, this paper analyses the current pattern of key variables for registered social landlord (RSL) rents at detailed geographical levels. It also assessed current RSL rent patterns in terms of size effects and local effects.
Housing association rents and service charges for supported housing and housing for older people
Average housing association rents and service charges for the combined categories, supported housing and housing for older people , by local authority area were collected by the Housing Corporation for the first time in 2005. This project looked in detail at these figures.
Target rents 2004-2011
This series of papers looked at rent restructuring and housing association movement towards target rents during the period 2004 to 2011.
Housing association service charges and their relationship to rents
This project examined housing association service charges and their relationship to rents. Understanding the relationship between rents and service charges is important for all stakeholders in the housing association sector. Tenants need to budget for their housing costs by understanding what elements of those costs relate to rent and service charges and which elements of these costs can be met from housing benefit payments.
Social housing rents in Wales
This project was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government to collect data on the actual rents and service charges charged by every significant social landlord in Wales (22 local authorities and 33 housing associations), to establish the basis of each landlord’s policy for setting rents and the factors which the policies took into account, and to set rents and service charges in the broader context of affordability, including the heating costs of homes.
RSL Rents: Evidence from the Existing Tenants Survey 2000: Dataspring Discussion Paper 6
This report draws on the Existing Tenants Survey to examine rents in the social housing sector.
A matter of choice? RSL rents and home ownership: a comparison of costs
This Sector Study examines the gap between the weekly costs of home ownership and RSL rents over the last decade and how this varies across the country and the implications for RSLs when setting their rents.
Getting rents right
The main purpose of this study was to assess the use of the Continuous Recording system of lettings and sales (CORE) by registered social landlords as a tool to use when measuring affordability.
Registered social landlords and changes in rent
This was the third annual analysis of registered social landlords' performance in limiting rent increases. It was also the first in the series of Sector Studies (Research and Good Practice).
Guide to local rents 2001-2010
Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority, housing association and private rented), between individual housing associations and between individual local authorities.

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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).

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.

We're recruiting! Looking for a new Research Assistant to join our team

Jan 05, 2017

We're currently looking for a new Research Assistant to join our team working on a range of projects in the field of ousing and planning. Salary £25,298-£29,301.

Festival of Ideas event - The potential for Time Credits to generate public health outcomes

Nov 07, 2016

‘Time Currencies in Cambridgeshire: Exchanging Time, Connecting Communities’ was held at the Festival of Ideas and attracted an audience of over 60 people who were keen to learn more about Time Credit and Timebank initiatives across Cambridgeshire.

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