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Projects commencing in 2004.
A Review of Low Cost Home Ownership policies in Wales

This project was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in order to assess the effectiveness of LCHO schemes in meeting their stated policy objectives.

Additional housing supply: implications for sustainable communities

This is part of DCLG’s (then ODPM) response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply’s recommendations that many more dwellings are needed to reduce house price inflation. It draws on the results of a model of house price response to additional supply developed in a parallel project at Reading University.

Affordability of Low Cost Home Ownership

This project was commissioned by Tower Homes and Metropolitan Home Ownership, two of the largest providers of Low Cost Home Ownership in the London area. It involved a survey of clients who had purchased on a shared ownership basis in the previous twelve months and a second survey of those who became shared owners between three and four years ago. The research looked at the longer term affordability and sustainability of Low Cost Home Ownership. Affordability was explored both by considering objectively the monthly outgoings incurred related to income, and subjectively as revealed in the surveys.

An assessment of the role of Foyers in housing association provision

This research provided a systematic analysis of the national position in terms of numbers, their geographical and size distribution, information on both capital and revenue funding, clarification of the client groups and how clients come forward and are accepted, staffing, range of services provided, turnover and vacancies, rent determination and impact on employment/training opportunities, the expected impacts of Supporting People on the range and viability of clients, outputs in terms of move-on arrangements, qualifications, jobs attained, and qualitative evidence on client satisfaction.

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.

Choice based lettings in Sunderland: An evaluation

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

Defining the size of the housing association sector

This project grew out of the need to review the definitions used to calculate the size of the housing association sector.

Evaluating the choice based lettings pilots in England

This was a major project commissioned by DCLG to evaluate the 27 Choice Based Lettings pilots in England. The project was led by the School for Policy Studies at Bristol University, and the project report was published by DCLG (then ODPM).

Evaluation of English housing policy since 1975

A major research project for DCLG (then ODPM) which was joint with the universities of Glasgow and Heriot Watt. It is organised under five themes, but includes a cross cutting overview summary report which will be widely disseminated as well as a defined, structured analysis of the period.

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.

Housing Need in the South East

This is a follow on to a previous study which outlined a methodology for assessing housing need in the South East region. There are two small projects: one producing an estimate of newly arising demand and need and one an estimate of unmet current housing need. It covers sub-regions as well as the region as a whole. The reports form part of the evidence base for the South East Plan.

Input into Strategic Housing Needs Assessments Draft Guidance

CCHPR carried out research for DCLG (then ODPM) to produce guidance to local authorities and sub-regions on understanding their local housing market. It updates previous guidance on housing needs assessments and builds on a manual for undertaking housing market assessments.

Key worker housing in Surrey

These two short projects looked at the crisis in the recruitment and retention of key workers in these highly pressured housing markets on the edge of London.

Need for intermediate housing in the South East

This research developed a methodology for estimating the future need for intermediate market housing – housing that is affordable to those who cannot access market housing but who could afford to pay more than social housing rents. Not all households in the relevant income bracket would want intermediate housing, so estimating the need using secondary data was challenging.

Planning and market signals

This small project was commissioned by DCLG (then ODPM) to assist their thinking in terms of responses to the recommendations of the Barker Review of Housing Supply (2004) which suggested that planners take more notice of market signals when developing their housing policies. It took the form of answering specific questions raised by DCLG. Methods included literature reviews and interviews with key stakeholders. The project culminated in two short internal reports to DCLG.

Provision for key workers and unmet housing need

This is a follow up to a previous study which produced an estimate of newly arising demand and need for housing in the East of England. The current study produces an estimate of unmet need and of key worker housing requirements in the region. Part B of the project provides a template for districts and sub-regions to produce their own assessments of key worker housing. Both reports are available on the Assembly’ web site.

Regional and sub-regional analyses: Residential mobility of social tenants and those entering Low Cost Home Ownershipin the north of England

This study concentrates on four aspects of household mobility in the northern regions:The results reflect a generally immobile sector across all regions in the north with very little systematic pattern in terms of the mobility that does occur.

Residential mobility of social tenants and households entering Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO): A comparison of London and the Northern Regions

This report compares the residential mobility of social tenants and households entering LCHO in London with mobility in the northern regions of England.

SHIP / Spending Review 2004

Shelter commissioned an update of their major Housing Investment Project originally completed and published in 2000. The findings were used to feed into government consultation on the 2004 Comprehensive Spending Review. The report was published by Shelter.

Update to inform Shelter's input into the 2005 Spending Review

This is the 2005 update to the previous Shelter project to enable them to contribute to the latest Spending Review.

Secondary Analysis of Housing Market Data

This short project using secondary data to analyse the role of the social sector in different kinds of housing market was part of a suite of secondary projects commissioned by JRF to inform their thinking about housing markets. The results were presented to the JRF at a special event in York.

Social Housing Now and in the Future

This work uses secondary data sources to understand who is currently living in social rented housing, their characteristics including their former tenure, entrants and leavers, and who is likely to be living in the social rented sector in the future. It was carried out by Alan Holmans, Sarah Monk, Michael Jones, Diane Lister, Christina Short and Christine Whitehead. The research was funded by DCLG for whom an internal policy related paper was also produced.

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.

Supported housing and housing for older people

The evaluation of the changes relating to Sheltered and Supported Housing will take place from September 2005 to the end of January 2006. The first stage will be a quantitative analysis clarifying whether the changes are as expected and therefore whether what has been asked for is what has been reported. This is particularly important in relation to the time series data. In the second stage, any evidence of significant differences will the analysed through interviews with relevant HAs. Depending on the problems encountered there will be a third stage involving a series of interviews with associations where major changes in categorisation have occurred and those who have experienced little change – to assess whether the new definitions reflect real differences; how demands vary between categories of housing; and housing association attitudes to the definitions now they have been operationalized.

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.

The extent and impact of rural housing need

Defra commissioned CCHPR and Land Use Consultants to carry out research to understand the nature of 'housing need' in rural areas and the implications of an under-supply of affordable housing for individuals, communities and economies.

The growing importance of group structure arrangements in the housing association sector in England

This briefing paper reviews the nature and complexity of HA group structures and their activities in terms of what was learnt about their operational realities, their impact on the current statistical profile of the sector and the implications of this for the TSA (then Housing Corporation) in any review of their approach to groups.

University of Cambridge staff housing requirements

The University was preparing its long term plans for the development of land in the north west of the city. Part of the proposals included new housing development, and this study was commissioned in late 2004 to find out about staff housing needs and past behaviour. The survey was web-based with the aim of repeating it in the future, perhaps on an annual basis.

Value for Money of s106 in Providing Additional Affordable Housing

This study was commissioned by DCLG (then ODPM) as a parallel to the work on s106 and SHG funded by JRF and TSA (then the Housing Corporation). The work involved analysis of TSA and DCLG data, case studies, interviews with developers and housing associations and analysis of site specific financial information. The interim report fed into the consultation on an optional charge for affordable housing. Like other projects on s106, Sheffield collaborated on the work. The report has been published both in hard copy and on the DCLG web site.

West Midlands rural housing

As part of a suite of research to understand regional housing markets, this study was commissioned with the intention of demonstrating the importance of social rented housing to help to sustain services and community in rural villages.