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Housing Association Sector

The housing market and the wider economy
Our collaborative research programme for Places for People will take an in depth look at the housing market and the complexity of its relationship with society and the wider economy.
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Using household income data at micro-level to aid social housing providers’ decisions on affordable rents levels, ‘pay-to-stay’ and other market-based policies
This project aimed to increase the usage of our recent research to develop an optimal method to estimate household income distributions at the very local level.
Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants
This report, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examines the impact of the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, and the sale of higher value local authority dwellings, which will provide the funding for the Right to Buy. The analysis first estimates the likely scale of uptake of both schemes, and then looks at the impact on lettings, rents, poverty and welfare costs.
How do landlords address poverty? A poverty-focused review of the stratetgies of local authorities, landlords and letting agents in England
Rising rents, more low‑income households in private renting, reduced funding for house building and welfare reforms present major challenges for landlords and local authorities in England. This research explores how landlords are responding, what can be learnt from their written strategies and plans, and what happens in practice.
Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants
This short piece of research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aimed to better understand likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing associations and the associated sale of higher value local authority stock.
Estimated net income distribution of working households by household type and locality
This project estimated working households’ net income distributions at local authority level. 'Net income' was defined as income excluding income-related benefits – most notably, Housing Benefit.
Prospects for investment in social housing
The project investigated whether institutional investors could be attracted to expand the social housing sector in the UK. It also examined how the needs of institutional investors and social housing providers can be better aligned by drawing on experience in other countries.
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.
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.
Time series data on the housing association sector
The research team at Dataspring constructed two linked relational databases with which longitudinal analysis of this rich data source can be carried out. This can be used to both historically to provide evidence of trends and to promote forward-looking scenario planning for the future of the sector.
The role of housing associations in the intermediate market
This study investigates the extent to which housing associations (HAs) are involved in the provision of homes on the intermediate market and the form of that provision.
The National Register of Social housing: Lessons Learned Phase II
This research focused on housing associations that had submitted data once, or sporadically, since November 2005. The aim was to determine the reasons why housing associations do not submit data to the National Register of Social Housing on a regular basis, and what can be done to ease the process. This follows Phase I of the research which focused on housing associations that did submit data on a regular basis.
Housing association sector trends
The housing association sector trends project brought together 15 years of data from the Regulatory and Statistical Return, the annual census of housing associations registered with the Tenants Services Authority to form a cohesive relational database. This gives added value to the data as it can be used for time series analysis to determine trends in the housing association sector and relate these to changes in policy, finance and regulation. Such data is also useful for scenario planning for future directions.
The wider role of housing associations
Housing associations are increasingly seen as having a role beyond the provision of social rented housing. Many own and/or manage non-social housing stock as well as being involved in non-housing activities. This project aimed to provide a picture of the extent to which associations were involved in these activities.
Affordable housing in London: Mobility and locational aspirations: Evidence from the London Household Survey 2002: Dataspring Discussion Paper 8
This discussion paper forms part of a broader project detailing moving aspirations of London’s social housing tenants.
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.
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 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.
Housing association stock managed pending transfer into ownership
This report used Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR) data for 2002 to provide some base data on the number of housing associations and units involved in this type of stock management. It broke data down between types and sizes of association to examine which associations were most involved in this type of stock management.
Multiplication and division: the distribution of stock between landlords in the housing association sector
This Sector Study builds on the earlier report 'Sector Study 10: The spatial distribution of general needs housing associations and their stock'. This report uses the same measures of concentration to compare distribution of all social housing stock between social landlords within local authorities. It therefore provides a measure of the effect of large scale voluntary transfer on HAs and tenants in transfer LAs in terms of stock distribution and choice.
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.
Definitions of ownership. Phase IV: The Group RSR
Fourth phase of the research: focused on housing association group structures and developing an overarching Group RSR.
The impact of the large scale voluntary transfer of local authority housing stock on the housing association sector
This Sector Study examines the growth and spread of Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) associations, their effect on the housing association stock profile at district level, the changes in vacancy rates associated with the transfer of stock needing renovation and the difference in tenant profiles of LSVT and non-LSVT associations.
The profile of the housing association sector 2002-2010
This study was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2002 until 2010. Publications consisted of sets of data tables and technical papers outlining housing association stockholdings and changes within the sector over the year.
The spatial distribution of general needs housing associations and their stock
This Sector Study examines the distribution of RSLs and their stock at the local authority level. It finds some areas where the fragmented distribution of stock between many HAs could inhibit efficient local provision, while in other areas the domination of local provision by one or two associations could diminish tenant choice, another important factor in current housing policy.
Definitions of Ownership Phase III: The Shadow RSR
The third Definitions of Ownership project operationalised the recommended changes and put the form out for trial .
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).

Living on the edge

Gemma Burgess and Lynne McAulay talk about the evaluation of the New Horizons project