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CCHPR's publications during 2014.
Affordable Housing Film
CCHPR has made a short film on promoting policy change to boost the supply of affordable housing. The film sets out the problem of a low level of house building in the UK, relative to needs, and looks at the policy options to address the low level of production.
Economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area
The University of Cambridge was commissioned to undertake an economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area in order to help address the current and future challenges facing Wisbech and to maximise the opportunities available to the town and its surrounding area as set out in the Wisbech 2020 Vision.
ESRC Seminar Series on Marketplace Exclusion: Representations, Resistances and Responses
This series of six seminars examines substantive and methodological issues surrounding marketplace exclusion. The seminars are designed to create links between academics, early career researchers, business leaders, community groups, activists and policy makers interested in the dynamics of marketplace exclusion and means of countering it.
Estimated net income distribution for eight household types in the London Borough of Bromley at mid-Super Output Area (SOA) level
Information about household incomes at a local level is difficult to obtain yet social landlords may need such data in order to set rents. To address this issue, CCHPR has developed a model to estimate household income distribution by percentile for eight household types at local market level.
Evaluation of Early Support in Essex
This study was commissioned by the Thomas Pocklington Trust to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aims to improve referral to services for people with sight loss in Essex.
Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim Report
The Interim Report from the Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (often referred to as the 'bedroom tax'), carried out jointly by CCHPR and Ipsos Mori, has been published. The report explores the effects of the cuts to Housing Benefit for working age social housing tenants who are deemed to be under-occupying their home.
Evaluation of the Cambridgeshire Timebanks
The research suggested that the timebanks were developing successfully, with increasing numbers of members and exchanges. There was evidence of a range of benefits to the members who are involved and evidence of positive outcomes, including reduced social isolation.
FirstStop Evaluation: Report on progress of the funded local partners 2013/14
This report explores the progress of the local housing options services which are currently funded by FirstStop. The research suggests the local projects have empowered older people to make informed decisions, have given them full knowledge of all the options available and have supported them in appraising these options effectively.
FirstStop local partners: costs and potential savings to public budgets of client casework 2014
The aim of this research was to report on the costs and benefits of a sample of cases dealt with by the FirstStop local partners providing housing options services to older people. It focuses on the intense level three casework data provided by the local partners.
Housing associations and welfare reform: facing up to the realities
The National Housing Federation commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how welfare reform impacts across the housing association sector in England. This report is the second of a series.
Housing costs, affordability and rent setting
CCHPR have published a research paper into the methodology for understanding local affordability and rents among social tenants. The research, which was commissioned by Affinity Sutton, is being published to contribute to the affordability debate across the sector. One key finding from the research is that while in the past many rent policies have held down rents on larger properties to assist families, those actually most likely to be helped off benefits through lower rents are smaller households without children.
Housing need and effective demand in England
The purpose of this note was to review current concepts and measures of housing need in use in England, and how they relate to effective demand. It looks at what is likely to be the new supply of housing that would be required to meet the need generated by population and household growth and change; how much of this supply could be generated by private effective demand; and how much would depend on assistance.
Housing Supply– challenges for policy makers. Presentation by Dr Gemma Burgess to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science and Policy, 21 October 2014, House of Commons
Dr Gemma Burgess gave a presentation to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science and Policy, 21 October 2014, at the House of Commons as part of the session on Housing Supply– challenges for policy makers. The presentation focuses on the constraints on new housing supply.
Landlords’ written strategies to address poverty and disadvantage
This is a review of the written strategies of social landlords, local authorities and private landlords' written strategies exploring the focus on poverty within these documents. It has been produced as the second stage in a wider project exploring the role of poverty in housing organisations strategic and business plans.
Local public finance and housing policy conference. Presentation by Dr Gemma Burgess - Case Study UK: rising house prices and under supply
Dr Gemma Burgess gave a key note speech at the local public finance and housing policy conference in Israel in December 2014, hosted by the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at IDC Herzliya. The presentation - Case Study UK: rising house prices and under supply – focuses on housing supply constraints.
Looking into the future: How many homes do we need and what happens if we do not build them?
How many homes we need over the next 20 years is a highly contentious political issue and a major headache for local authorities who are required by the new planning system to decide their area’s “objectively assessed needs”. Presented by CCHPR Visiting Fellow Neil McDonald.
Managing Money Better: Evaluation
The Managing Money Better (MMB) project provided money management information and advice through the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers through its website, national telephone advice line and its existing network of local partners and peer to peer services, delivering face to face information and advice on housing, care and money options. It was an integrated part of the housing and care options support service offered by FirstStop. The project aimed to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support. Dr Gemma Burgess evaluated the MMB project to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service.
Mechanisms to increase housing land supply in England and Wales
A recent review conducted by CCHPR identified measures taken successfully in other countries to bring land forward for housing (Monk et al, 2013). However, it showed that in England and Wales many of these mechanisms are already available or in place in some form. This new research funded by the RICS builds on the review to identify case study examples where the mechanisms have been used successfully.
Poverty focussed review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans - Initial Report
This report presents the findings from the first stage of a project that is exploring where poverty fits within the strategies, policies and business plans of local authorities, housing associations and private landlords.
Research on the nature of planning constraints
The aim of this research was to analyse the nature of planning constraints on the provision of housing. The research was commissioned by the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee.
Sight loss is not life loss: Evaluation for Southampton Sight
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge has undertaken an independent evaluation of the Sight Loss is not Life Loss project. The evaluation found that the project is helping to reduce social isolation and to support people in maintaining their independence.
Supporting households affected by the Benefit Cap: Impact on Local Authorities, local services and social landlords
This research was carried out for the Department for Work and Pensions as part of a programme of work analysing 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. This report highlights the key findings from work in ten case study local authorities, including: interviews with local authority staff, local agencies and Housing Associations; a nationwide survey of social landlords; and consultation with major lenders to the Housing Association sector. It provides information on how local agencies have been affected by the Benefit Cap and how they are working with capped claimants.
The role of policy in influencing differences between countries in the size of the private rented housing sector
In a presentation at the Department of Land Economy, Professor Mike Oxley addressed the following topics: Comparative studies of rented housing; What is private rented housing?; How much of it is there?; Why is there more in some countries than others?; Does policy explain international differences in the proportion of private rented housing?

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