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Social Housing

The Case for Social Housing
Mike Oxley, Director of CCHPR, delivered a keynote lecture on The Case for Social Housing at UWA Perth's Social Impact Festival on 19 July 2017.
Shared housing for non-resident parents
Commonweal Housing has funded the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to research the housing needs and views of non-resident parents who live, or have considered living, in shared housing.
Government Policy and the Profile of Housing Provision in England
CCHPR were commissioned by Places for People to explore the impact on government policy on the profile of housing provision in England. It will consider the impact of the Housing and Planning Bill and other reforms to welfare, housing and planning policy on the social and affordable housing sector in England.
Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
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 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.
Housing costs, affordability and rent setting
Affinity Sutton commissioned this work from CCHPR to update and build on the definitions of affordability discussed in previous work on market-pegged social rents and local income distributions to determine rent levels that may be deemed affordable according to local incomes and/or earnings, taking account of the impact of geography, household size/composition and the current changes in welfare benefits.
Poverty focused review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans
The Joseph Rowntree foundation commissioned CCHPR to carry out a poverty-focussed review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans. With input from Savills, this project explored where poverty fits within the strategies, policies and business plans of local authorities, housing associations and private landlords. It involved detailed analysis of business plans, housing and organisational strategies, annual reports, tenancy strategies, allocations and lettings policies and other relevant strategies.
Review of Affordable Housing Gateway in Jersey
The States of Jersey commissioned CCHPR to undertake a full and independent review to ensure that the then new Affordable Housing Gateway, launched in January 2012, was supported appropriately in respect of policy, process and procedures; that it was appropriately resourced (both staff and IT) and that itw as as efficient as it could be and was fit for purpose. The work used a ‘lean methodology’ that combined data analysis with interviews with staff and clients and comparison with best practice in the UK.
Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy and household Benefit Cap
This evaluation sought to understand the impact of the size criteria on claimants, landlords and other stakeholders and to explore how households responded to the reduction in their benefits.
Update of UK Housing Finance entry
The Housing Finance Information Network (HOFINET) is a quality-assured web portal that consolidates regularly updated international housing finance knowledge in one central, easily accessible place (http://www.hofinet.org/). CCHPR supplied the UK entry.
Changing the profile of social housing: The impact of prioritising working applicants on letting patterns - Working Note
Analysis by CCHPR models the likely impact of allocating a larger proportion of social housing to working households.
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.
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.
Freedom to succeed: liberating the potential of housing associations
In 2011 and 2012, CCHPR worked with the Housing Futures Network to explore future directions for housing associations. We are now able to circulate the summary and final reports from that work.
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.
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.
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.
Future investment in affordable housing
The National Housing Federation, in partnership with CCHPR, explored possible models for investment in new affordable homes. This research contributes to that work.
Facing the future: The future role and financing of social housing
The Housing Futures Network commissioned CCHPR to produce new work looking at the future of the social housing sector. The work looked at the future options for financing the sector, and the implications of the latest policy reforms, including welfare reform, housing benefits and under-occupation.
Opportunities for institutional investment in affordable housing
This report prepared by Peter Williams (CCHPR), Nick Salisbury (Barclays Corporate Real Estate) and Robin Caven (HCA) on behalf of the HCA’s Housing Finance Group offers an assessment of the potential for institutional investment in affordable housing and puts forward suggestions as to how this market might be developed.
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.
Market-pegged rents in the social sector
This project examined the affordability of rents set as percentages of open-market prices, as proposed in the HCA's Affordable Rents Framework. The project reviewed the literature on affordability, and looked at data on recent trends in new lettings in the social sector.
Michael Oxley: Urban Renewal Policy conference, NRU Moscow
Prof Michael Oxley opened a conference held by the Graduate School of Urbanism, part of the NRU Higher School of Ecoonomics, Moscow in October 2018.
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.
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).
Local authority CORE data imputation and weighting methodology study
This research, commissioned by Communities and Local Government, considered how to adjust for missing local authority data within the Continuous Recording of Lettings (LA CORE) system.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers
This project evaluated the implementation, operation and success of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes. These aimed to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing services, extending to wider client groups and linking housing advice to wider advice about a range of issues. This work was lead by CCHPR, with involvement from Birmingham University (Centre for Urban and Regional Analysis) and Shared Intelligence.

Living on the edge

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