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2012

Projects commencing in 2012
Supporting assumptions used in planning for housing

This project aimed to produce five short notes on the main drivers of demographic change that would support a basic excel ‘tool’. Local authorities would be able to freely access the tool in order to help understand the impacts on future housing requirements in their area.

Analysis of the private rented sector in Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas

Richmond Council, together with Richmond Housing Partnership, jointly commissioned research in order to form the evidence base of their tenancy strategy. This work helped supplement this evidence base by improving understanding of the private rented sector in and nearby to Richmond with a particular focus on the availability of housing for low income groups. The research made use of data on advertised rents in the private rented sector and also drew on interviews with local letting agencies.

Building social capital through community timebanking: an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project

Timebanking 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.

Housing markets in the Channel Islands

This overview of housing markets and their economic context in the Channel Islands, based upon secondary data, was commissioned by One Savings Bank.

Dementia and sight loss: Developing social care practice in different housing settings

This project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research sought to develop best practice in social care and support for people with dementia and sight loss in a range of housing settings. The research was led by York University and CCHPR led the element of the study on the costs of care in different settings.

Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts

The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients.

Early support for sight loss in Essex: Evaluation

The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aimed to improve referral to services for elderly people with sight loss in Essex.

Evaluation of Stourbridge lighting intervention

The Thomas Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and, specifically, on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients based on a case study of a scheme in Stourbridge.

Fundamental review of housing allocations policy in Northern Ireland

The Housing Division of the Department for Social Development (DSD) commissioned a research project designed to make a significant contribution to a fundamental review of social housing allocations in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the processes of applying for and letting social housing make the most effective use of scarce public resources in identifying and meeting housing need, within the context of broader government priorities.

Housing in transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change

This short project explored patterns of tenure by household type, income group and region in England using data from the Survey of English Housing and English Housing Survey; it developed a forecast of how tenure trends might develop over the period to 2025. It built on existing work undertaken by Oxford Economics for the National Housing Federation.

Housing wealth and wellbeing: understanding who uses housing equity release products and the impact they have on older people’s lives - scoping study

The UK has an ageing population, placing pressure on housing, health and social care services. Most older people own their homes outright and prefer to remain in the same home as they age, which often requires financial investment, e.g. to pay for home adaptations and care. One way to meet these costs is to release equity from the home. This can be done by moving house, but it can also be done without moving by using equity release products. However, this is a practice about which we know very little.

International review of land supply and planning systems

The JRF Housing Market Taskforce had identified land supply as a key reason contributing to housing market volatility and problems of housing affordability in the UK. This desk based research aimed to assess which policy approaches to land supply and land markets would be most likely to work in the English context.

Making best use of a scarce asset: Can we use social housing more efficiently?

This project ran throughout 2012 and involved a series of six half-day workshops, attended by social landlords throughout the UK in order to share research evidence and help them to develop their policies and practice in making best use of their housing stock.

Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people

Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to carry out some work looking at the requirement for emergency homeless accommodation, supporting housing units, social housing and private rented housing with the use of Housing Benefit across England with a specific focus on the requirements for those aged 16-25.

Maximising the performance of the new Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy Planning Framework with Local Authorities: Developing a planning gain model

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research developed a simple model to estimate the impact of charging different CIL and S106 rates on the economic viability of development. The model has potential to assist local authorities in modelling the impact of different CIL and S106 rates on the economic viability of development across their area.

NewBuy; a review of mortgage pricing

The NewBuy project was a short piece of research based advice for officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government, not intended for publication.

Research into the future of the social rented sector

This project was commissioned by East 7, a group of housing associations in the East of England, to inform their own strategy and policy development and to assist East 7 members in engaging in the policy debate with ministers and other opinion formers.

Rural housing at a time of economic change

The Commission for Rural Communities funded CCHPR to carry out research into rural housing. The project looked specifically at the issues of changing rent levels and housing quality, the impact of policy change on rural areas, and whether some people are unable to remain in rural areas.

Service use by Cambridgeshire deaf communities

This scoping study was undertaken as a tool for the D/deaf partnership to better understand its constituency, with a particular view to making an input into the revised Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Support in the preparation of a housing strategy for Jersey

The States of Jersey commissioned CCHPR to provide support to its embryonic Strategic Housing unit in the preparation of an island wide, cross tenure Housing Strategy. The project comprises a series of papers for discussion with officers and the relevant Ministers between November 2012 and April 2013, leading to the production of a public Consulation Paper for circulation in May and a final Strategy Paper for debate in the States Assembly in June/July 2013. It identified the main issues and options in order to built a shared understanding of the issues, the range of policy options available and the financial implications. The aim of the project was to develop a broad consensus on the appropriate housing strategy for Jersey.

The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: identifying good practice and the impact of policy change

The Oak Foundation commissioned research into private rented sector access schemes that focuses on good practice as demonstrated through Oak funded projects. The research also looked more broadly at other successful practices and models. The intention was to share good practice from Oak funded schemes and others; to provide practical advice to existing schemes in order to respond to recent welfare policy changes; and demonstrate the potential for private renting schemes to meet specific housing needs.

Unfinished business, building an effective safety net for home owners and the housing market

In 2012, the Government was looking to end temporary support measures for home-buyers that were introduced during the economic and housing market downturn, but there had been no progress on agreeing a more effective safety net for the future. This project was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in order to review the current safety net for home owners, how it might change in the light of government reforms and, looking to the future, whether a better and more sustainable safety net could be provided.

Welfare Reform Impact Assessment

CCHPR provided specialist input to IPSOS MORI as part of an extended piece of work for the National Housing Federation, looking at the impact of current welfare reforms on housing associations and their tenants.

Other Publications

The remaining publications from the year that are not listed under CCHPR projects - e.g. related journal articles by CCHPR researchers.