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Anna Clarke

Projects

Complete list of projects, with the most recent at the top.
Using incentives to improve the private rented sector for people in poverty
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned CCHPR to investigate how to improve the English private rented sector as a source of accommodation for people in poverty. The project explored whether taxation could be used to incentivise private landlords to improve the affordability, conditions or security of rented housing.
Research into Letting Agents Fees to Tenants in Wales
The Welsh Government funded CCHPR's research into fees charged to tenants in the private rented sector across Wales
Shared Ownership Plus: a review of progress and potential
Thames Valley commissioned a review of their Shared Ownership Plus scheme, a shared ownership scheme which offers greater flexibility in terms of staircasing (buying further shares) for shared owners.
Provision of expert advice on UK Housing Statistics
CCHPR is providing expert advice to the Regulatory Arm of the UK Statistics Authority in its review of Housing Statistics.
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.
Shared Ownership: Ugly sister or Cinderella?
Shared ownership has been in operation for over 35 years and forms an established part of the UK housing landscape. It makes up a substantial and increasing proportion of new-build Affordable Housing, and is now set to be further expanded.
Consultancy input into Evaluation of the JRF’s Housing and Poverty Programme
Anna Clarke is working with Cambridge Policy Consultants as an advisor on their evaluation of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Poverty Programme.
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.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project was awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by Shelter, in order to understand the causes of landlord evictions and of forced moves, where tenants feel compelled to move home for reasons such as affordability, security or to move away from particular locations. The final report was published in July 2017.
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 aims 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.
Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London
The London Assembly’s Housing Committee is undertaking an investigation in autumn 2015 into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London’s housing market.
The effects of rent controls on supply and markets
This project, commissioned by Shelter, explored the possible effects of different rent control scenarios on the operation of the Private Rented Sector in England. Six different rent control options were considered, proposing different limits to rents and changes to security of tenure.
Identifying housing need in the horseracing industry
In order to inform its investment plans and future housing strategy Racing Homes wanted to ascertain the level of housing need currently experienced within the horse racing industry and, in particular, where they have existing housing stock. The aim of this research was to establish the degree and nature of current unmet need for affordable housing among racing staff and to make recommendations as to how that need may best be met.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK
CCHPR was awarded funding for this work from the ESRC as part of their What Works in Tackling Poverty programme. The ESRC funded four new research projects that aimed to advance understanding of effective strategies for tackling poverty. This project explored the role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK.
Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR calculate up to date estimates of the number of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK during a year.
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.
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 has commissioned CCHPR to undertake a full and independent review to ensure that the new Affordable Housing Gateway, launched in January 2012, is supported appropriately in respect of policy, process and procedures; that it is appropriately resourced (both staff and IT) and that it is as efficient as it can be and is fit for purpose. The work uses a ‘lean methodology’ that combines 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.
Reselling shared ownership properties after improvements
This short research project was commissioned by Thames Valley Housing Association in order to examine the practice of reselling shared ownership homes after the owner has undertaken (and paid for) improvements to their home.
Qualitative study on the impact of welfare reforms on Riverside tenants
Riverside is undertaking a study aiming to gain a more detailed understanding of the impact of welfare reforms and wider economic change on Riverside households. Anna Clarke, from CCHPR, was an advisor on the project.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The Oak Foundation commissioned research into private rented sector access schemes that focuses on good practice as demonstrated through Oak funded projects. The research also looked more broadly at other successful practices and models. The intention was to share good practice from Oak funded schemes and others; to provide practical advice to existing schemes in order to respond to recent welfare policy changes; and demonstrate the potential for private renting schemes to meet specific housing needs.
Understanding the second-hand market for shared ownership properties
Thames Valley Housing Association and the National Housing Federation commissioned CCHPR to carry out research into the secondary market for shared ownership properties. The research examined national data sources on resales and involved a survey of all major shared ownership providers on resales and staircasing behaviour. It also involved more detailed qualitative work with Thames Valley clients.
Fundamental review of housing allocations policy in Northern Ireland
The Housing Division of the Department for Social Development (DSD) commissioned a research project 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.
Early support for sight loss in Essex: Evaluation
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aimed to improve referral to services for elderly people with sight loss in Essex.
Welfare Reform Impact Assessment
CCHPR is providing specialist input to IPSOS MORI as part of an extended piece of work for the National Housing Federation looking at the impact of current welfare reforms on housing associations and their tenants
Evaluation of Stourbridge lighting intervention
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients based on a case study of a scheme in Stourbridge.
Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients.
Dementia and sight loss: Developing social care practice in different housing settings
This project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research sought to develop best practice in social care and support for people with dementia and sight loss in a range of housing settings. The research was led by York University and CCHPR lead the element of the study on the costs of care in different settings.
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.

Publications and Presentations

Complete list of publications and presentations, with the most recent at the top.
Welsh Letting Agents Fees
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK - Moving in and out of poverty
This ESRC-funded study was part of the ‘What Works in Tackling Poverty’ theme, and focused on the role of housing providers in addressing poverty faced by 16-25 year olds. The paper provides some contextual background to the central case study element of the overall project. It presents the findings from an analysis of the change that has occurred in the lives of two cohorts of young people, drawn from the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK - Overview
This ESRC-funded study was part of the ‘What Works in Tackling Poverty’ theme, and focused on the role of housing providers in addressing poverty faced by 16-25 year olds. This paper gives a brief overview of the key findings.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK - New evidence from housing providers
This ESRC-funded study was part of the ‘What Works in Tackling Poverty’ theme, and focused on the role of housing providers in addressing poverty faced by 16-25 year olds. This paper presents the findings from the exploratory strand of the work which explored emerging or innovative practice in tackling poverty experienced by young people. Ten case study projects, run by housing providers, were studied over an 18 month period offering a variety of approaches to tackling poverty.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK - Literature review
This ESRC-funded study was part of the ‘What Works in Tackling Poverty’ theme, and focused on the role of housing providers in addressing poverty faced by 16-25 year olds. This paper presents the findings from a review of the literature.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK - Summary and Conclusions
This ESRC-funded study was part of the ‘What Works in Tackling Poverty’ theme, and focused on the role of housing providers in addressing poverty faced by 16-25 year olds. This publication presents a summary of the key findings and conclusions.
Presentations from the launch event - November 2016
These are the presentations given by some of our case study projects for the study's launch event in November 2016
Shared ownership: Ugly Sister or Cinderella? The role of mortgage lenders in growing the shared ownership market
Shared ownership has been in operation for over 35 years and forms an established part of the UK housing landscape. It makes up a substantial and increasing proportion of new-build Affordable Housing, and is now set to be further expanded. The aim of the study was to improve mortgage lenders’ understanding of shared ownership and to help firms evaluate their appetite to support shared ownership in the light of the government’s aspirations for the tenure. The report makes recommendations for government, regulators, lenders and other stakeholders.
FileThe Prevalence of Rough Sleeping and Sofa Surfing Amongst Young People in the UK
This article was published in Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183–2803) 2016, Volume 4, Issue 4. It presents findings from an online survey of young people which found that rates of sofa surfing and rough sleeping among young people were much higher than previously thought. Twenty-six percent of young people (aged 16–25) had slept rough at some point in their life and 35 percent had ‘sofa surfed’ (stayed with friends or family on their floor or sofa because they had nowhere else to go).
Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
This research was commissioned by Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association in order to establish what Local Authorities and Housing Associations in Wales can do to increase the economically viable provision of affordable accommodation for young single people under 35 in the social housing sector in the light of forthcoming housing benefit cuts.
Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Final Report
The Final Report from the Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (often referred to as the 'bedroom tax'), carried out jointly by CCHPR and Ipsos Mori, has been published. The report explores the effects of the cuts to Housing Benefit for working age social housing tenants who are deemd to be under-occupying their home.
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.
Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London
The London Assembly’s Housing Committee commissioned this study as part of an investigation into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London’s housing market.
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.
The effects of rent controls on supply and markets
This project, commissioned by Shelter, explored the possible effects of different rent control scenarios on the operation of the Private Rented Sector in England. Six different rent control options were considered, proposing different limits to rents and changes to security of tenure.
Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR calculate up to date estimates of the number of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK during a year. The work drew on a range of secondary data sources, and also on a series of local case studies and also on a survey exploring young people's experiences of ‘sofa surfing’ and rough sleeping.
Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts - Project Report
This research, funded by the Thomas Pocklington Trust evaluated the impact of lighting improvements made to the homes of people with sight loss living in London and the North West of England during 2013-15.
Reality dawns – the impact of welfare reform on housing associations: a mid-2014 view
The National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how welfare reform impacts across the housing association sector in England. This is the third and final report of the series.
Supporting households affected by the Benefit Cap: Impact on Local Authorities, local services and social landlords
This research was carried out for the Department for Work and Pensions as part of a programme of work analysing the impact of the Benefit Cap. The Benefit Cap was brought in over the summer of 2013 and limits working age benefits for out of work households to £500 a week for families and couples, and £350 for single person households. This report highlights the key findings from work in ten case study local authorities, including: interviews with local authority staff, local agencies and Housing Associations; a nationwide survey of social landlords; and consultation with major lenders to the Housing Association sector. It provides information on how local agencies have been affected by the Benefit Cap and how they are working with capped claimants.
Evaluation of Early Support in Essex
This study was commissioned by the Thomas Pocklington Trust to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aims to improve referral to services for people with sight loss in Essex.
Landlords’ written strategies to address poverty and disadvantage
This is a review of the written strategies of social landlords, local authorities and private landlords' written strategies exploring the focus on poverty within these documents. It has been produced as the second stage in a wider project exploring the role of poverty in housing organisations strategic and business plans.
Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim Report
The Interim Report from the Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (often referred to as the 'bedroom tax'), carried out jointly by CCHPR and Ipsos Mori, has been published. The report explores the effects of the cuts to Housing Benefit for working age social housing tenants who are deemed to be under-occupying their home.
Housing associations and welfare reform: facing up to the realities
The National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how welfare reform impacts across the housing association sector in England. This report is the second of a series.
Poverty focussed review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans - Initial Report
This report presents the findings from the first stage of a project that is exploring where poverty fits within the strategies, policies and business plans of local authorities, housing associations and private landlords.
Evaluation of lighting interventions in Stourbridge
In the summer of 2011 Pocklington funded lighting adaptations for 12 elderly people with sight loss living in Stourbridge. The evaluation of this scheme involved interviewing the beneficiaries to explore the impacts of the interventions and to inform good practice.
Reselling shared ownership properties after improvements
This short report, commissioned by Thames Valley Housing Association explores the process of reselling shared ownership properties in situations where owners have made improvements, increasing the value of their home. It explores the relative merits of different systems in use for valuing the improvements and attempting to ensure that the owner benefits financially for any uplift in value they have created.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: Identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The report is in three main parts: identifying good practice; implications of welfare reform; and strategies, solutions and models. The report concludes that while there are clearly many challenges facing private rented sector access schemes in the coming months and years, there are also many examples of good practice in addressing them. Overall, while there is no single solution that works in all housing markets, PRS access schemes are piloting a range of approaches and responding well to the challenges posed by welfare reform. The situation in London is more difficult, but nevertheless schemes were optimistic. PRS access schemes have grown over the last ten years and seem likely to continue to do so, despite the challenges posed by welfare reforms.
Intended and unintended consequences? A case study survey of housing associations and welfare reforms
The National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how welfare reform impacts across the housing association sector in England. The baseline report was published in late 2012 and this case report builds on that with the results of 15 in depth case study housing associations.