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Complete List of Research

A complete list of CCHPR's current and past research, in alphabetical order.

A better quality PRS: the role of SME investment

This project, commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group, explored the role of SME investment in the private rented sector. It aimed to raise the profile of this part of the PRS, adding to the understanding of its impact and to inform policy discussion.

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A review of social housing in Jersey

This project was commissioned by the Housing Department of the States of Jersey to review the need for social housing in Jersey, and to make recommendations on the future ownership and management of the States’ social housing stock.

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A review of Welsh social landlords’ approaches to maximising choice in letting accommodation

The Welsh Assembly Government commissioned a review of lettings systems in use by social housing landlords in Wales, which were either choice-based or in which choice was an important component part.

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Adapt and survive: Housing associations' response to changes in housing policy at the beginning of the new century

Using data from the Regulatory Statistical Return (RSR) and on the profile of new tenants from CORE, this paper examines recent changes in the Housing Association sector and interprets these in the light of changing emphases in government housing policy.

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Affordability in the housing association sector

This project looked at the affordability in the housing associating (HA) sector. It also compared the position of HA tenants with those in the private rented and owner-occupier sector.

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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 pegged at given ratios of prevailing market rents within Cambridge City and the housing sub-market.

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An economic and spatial analysis of the future development of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire

This work aimed to assess: (1) The current economic profile of Wisbech; (2) The likely future economic role of Wisbech under different scenarios; (3) The sectors most likely to have potential for future employment growth; and to make (4) Make broad recommendations for future economic and spatial strategies to 2020.

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Analysing the experience of vulnerable groups with hearing loss in Cambridgeshire

The first phase of the research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community and also identified gaps in services in Cambridgeshire. The second phase of the research therefore concentrated on these three issues: (1) Rural isolation amongst people with hearing loss; (2) Older people in care homes; (3) Advocacy services.

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Analysis of available data on affordable housing investment

Using existing data sources, the purpose of this project was to provide a strong evidence base to show what the current provision of affordable housing built over the preceding 20 years looked like in terms of location, type of housing and size, and whether it is significantly different compared with past provision. The aim was to demonstrate what has been achieved in terms of investment in affordable housing, and to link this with tenant satisfaction.

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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.

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Assessing the evidence on Rent Control from an international perspective

Peter Williams, Departmental Fellow, has co-authored a report summarising the findings of a short review of approaches to rent control for the Residential Landlords Association.

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Assessing the impact on annual public spending of higher density housing in London

This project was commissioned by East Thames Housing Group to investigate the relationship between: increasing housing densities, dwelling mix and built form, and the incidence of service charges; the affordability of service charges to tenants and LCHO purchasers; whether particular service charges are associated with changes in built form and whether these can be linked to predictable ‘break points’ in housing density, to produce a ‘typology’ or archetypes for planning and financial feasibility purposes.

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Benefit Cap: In-depth interviews with affected claimants

The DWP commissioned CCHPR to undertake a series of qualitative interviews with households affected by the Benefit Cap.

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Brighton and Hove Housing Research

This short piece of work was conducted for Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority to help them to think imaginatively about housing as a barrier to further economic development and how to overcome this. Focus group discussions were held with employees of major companies and a brainstorming session involved key local stakeholders.

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Building Better Opportunities - New Horizons

CCHPR has been commissioned to evaluate the New Horizons programme. New Horizons combines elements of financial inclusion, digital inclusion and employability delivered by employees hosted delivered from hubs in Peterborough, Wisbech, Kings Lynn and Cambridge with rural outreach. This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

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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.

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Challenges for our home ownership safety net

Dr Peter Williams, former Director of CCHPR, has contributed to a report on mortgage borrowing.

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Choice based lettings in Sunderland: An evaluation

This project was commissioned by Sunderland Housing Group, to evaluate the Group’s Choice Based Lettings scheme.

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Choice based lettings in Yorkshire and the Humber

This project was commissioned by the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber to undertake a study to inform stakeholders about the resource and service delivery implications of implementing CBL in high demand and rural areas in Yorkshire and the Humber. It used Harrogate district council as a feasibility case study.

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Common starting points for S106 affordable housing negotiations

Communities and Local Government commissioned a two-stage research project to improve evidence on the dynamics of S106 negotiations for affordable housing and to explore what the best ‘common starting point’ (CSP) might be.

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Community Currencies

A paper by Gemma Burgess has been published by the International Journal of Community Currency Research.

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Comparative analysis of private and social sectors’ rates of return 2007-2009

These papers compare the findings on RSL sector and the private rented sector to provide a clear picture of the extent to which rent and rate of return differentials vary by area, type, etc.

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Comparing the costs of owner occupation with RSL rents: A geographical analysis

This study examines changes in house prices, RSL rents and the comparative costs of low cost home ownership and RSL renting over the decade 1989/90 to 1998/99.

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Comparison of stock, rents and service charges among different types of social landlords

This project draws comparisons of stock, rents and service charges between four different types of social landlord; Traditional mixed funded Registered Social Landlords (RSLs); RSLs who have taken over local authority stock via Large Scale Voluntary Transfer; Local authorities (retention LAs); and Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs).

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Consultancy input into Evaluation of the JRF’s Housing and Poverty Programme

Anna Clarke worked with Cambridge Policy Consultants as an advisor on their evaluation of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Poverty Programme.

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Contributing to the political debate on planning and affordable housing

This project, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aimed to understand in more detail the range of instruments that are proposed as means of achieving both local empowerment and higher levels of market and affordable housing and to clarify the potential benefits and costs of moving to a more incentives based system.

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Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations

This project involved conducting a cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity providing housing, care and support for people with sight loss in the UK. The output compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly people resulting from poor lighting.

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