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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
London Strategic Housing Initiative Evaluation
Trust for London and Citizens UK have commissioned CCHPR to undertake the evaluation of an initiative aimed at improving housing in London for citizens on low incomes.
Modelling the impact of taxation reform on the PRS
Significant policy changes affecting the private rented sector have the potential for a serious impact on the centre as the majority of landlords face increased taxation. The RLA have commissioned research to develop an economic model of the finances of PRS landlords and property investors in order to identify the wider impact of the recent taxation reforms.
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 provided 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 worked 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 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.
Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London
The London Assembly’s Housing Committee undertook 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 to 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 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.
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 Housing undertook a study with the aim of gaining 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 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.
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.

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We're recruiting for a researcher to join our team

Jun 04, 2018

CCHPR are recruiting for a Research Associate/Research Assistant to join the team.

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