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Read more at: Brighton and Hove Housing Research

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...


Read more at: Affordability of Low Cost Home Ownership

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...


Read more at: A Review of Low Cost Home Ownership policies in Wales

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.


Read more at: Evaluating the choice based lettings pilots in England

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).


Read more at: Social housing rents in Wales

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...


Read more at: Choice based lettings in Sunderland: An evaluation

Choice based lettings in Sunderland: An evaluation

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


Read more at: The role of foyers in housing association provision

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...


Read more at: Defining the size of the housing association sector

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.


Read more at: Almshouse Charities

Almshouse Charities

Almshouse charities have been active in providing social housing, mostly for older people, for centuries. This project looks at the profile of almshouse charities registered with the Tenant Services Authority.


Read more at: The wider role of housing associations

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...


Read more at: Housing association sector trends

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...


Read more at: Target rents 2004-2011

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.


Read more at: A review of Welsh social landlords’ approaches to maximising choice in letting accommodation

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.


Read more at: Housing association rents and service charges for supported housing and housing for older people

Housing association rents and service charges for supported housing and housing for older people

Average housing association rents and service charges for the combined categories, supported housing and housing for older people, by local authority area were collected by the Housing Corporation for the first time in 2005. This project looked in detail at these figures.


Read more at: The Impact of a pan-London choice based lettings scheme on homelessness and temporary accommodation

The Impact of a pan-London choice based lettings scheme on homelessness and temporary accommodation

The Association of London Government commissioned a short research project in order to understand the possible implications of a Pan-London CBL scheme for the management of homelessness and temporary accommodation. The key objective of the project was to understand how the offer of different...


Read more at: Choice based lettings in Yorkshire and the Humber

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...


Read more at: Preventing homelessness: Efficiencies in lettings functions in LA and RSL stock

Preventing homelessness: Efficiencies in lettings functions in LA and RSL stock

This project was commissioned by the Tenant Services Authority as one of a group of projects developing key themes of the Corporation’s ‘Tackling Homelessness Strategy’, published in December 2006. The project was intended to inform one of the key areas that underpin the Corporation’s approach to...


Read more at: Promoting mixed communities through balanced lettings and asset management

Promoting mixed communities through balanced lettings and asset management

The aims of the project, carried out for the Tenant Services Authority and Communities and Local Government, were to understand how to achieve a better balance between allocating social homes to the most needy, and preserving or improving the mix of the housing stock, in particular through balanced...


Read more at: The National Register of Social housing: Lessons Learned Phase II

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...


Read more at: The role of housing associations in the intermediate market

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.


Read more at: Detailed analysis of the current pattern of RSL rents 2007-2009

Detailed analysis of the current pattern of RSL rents 2007-2009

As a baseline of reviewing the rent restructuring regime of 2000, this paper analyses the current pattern of key variables for registered social landlord (RSL) rents at detailed geographical levels. It also assessed current RSL rent patterns in terms of size effects and local effects.


Read more at: Estimating rates of return on social sector rents

Estimating rates of return on social sector rents

This paper analyses the relationship between social sector rents and house prices in order to examine the viability of the sector. Rents are the only form of return available to the social sector landlord (unlike in the private sector where capital gains are relevant).


Read more at: Comparative analysis of private and social sectors’ rates of return 2007-2009

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.


Read more at: Guide to local rents 2001-2010

Guide to local rents 2001-2010

Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority...


Read more at: Time series data on the housing association sector

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.


Read more at: Practice guidance on affordable housing clauses in Section 106 agreements for local planning authorities in Wales

Practice guidance on affordable housing clauses in Section 106 agreements for local planning authorities in Wales

Through this project the Welsh Assembly Government aimed to provide practice guidance for local authorities in Wales on the drafting and application of affordable housing clauses in Section 106 (S106) agreements.


Read more at: Assessing the impact on annual public spending of higher density housing in London

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...


Read more at: The profile of the housing association sector 2002-2010

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.


Read more at: Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers

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...


Read more at: Local authority CORE data imputation and weighting methodology study

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.