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Professor Christine Whitehead

Projects

Complete list of projects, with the most recent at the top.
Managing money better: Evaluation
The Managing Money Better (MMB) project has been evaluated in order to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service. The project aimed to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support.
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.
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.
Understanding the role of private renting: a four country case study
The objective of this project, funded by Realdania, was to better understand the incentives and constraints around private rental provision across different institutional, economic and policy frameworks. The research also sought to clarify the factors that might help generate investment in private renting and an efficient and flexible sector which could meet household requirements.
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 is to develop a broad consensus on the appropriate housing strategy for Jersey.
Research into the future of the social rented sector
This project has been 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.
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
NewBuy; a review of mortgage pricing
This project is a short piece of research based advice for officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government. It is not intended for publication.
International review of land supply and planning systems
The JRF Housing Market Taskforce has identified land supply as a key reason contributing to housing market volatility and problems of housing affordability in the UK. This desk based research aims to assess which policy approaches to land supply and land markets are most likely to work in the English context.
Housing in transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change
This short project explores patterns of tenure by household type, income group and region in England using data from the Survey of English Housing and English Housing Survey and then develops a forecast of how tenure trends might develop over the period to 2025. It builds on existing work undertaken by Oxford Economics for the National Housing Federation.
Future investment in affordable housing
The National Housing Federation in partnership with CCHPR is exploring 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 has commissioned CCHPR to produce new work looking at the future of the social housing sector. The work will look at the future options for financing the sector, and also at the implications of the latest policy reforms including welfare reform, housing benefits and under-occupation.
The impact of the recent financial crisis on planning for affordable housing in England
The impact of the recent financial crisis on planning for affordable housing in England – local authority responses and future pathways. This research will identify, (1) how S106 is being used in very different market conditions and whether it can still work to deliver sufficient affordable housing; (2) how preparations for new policies that will affect affordable housing delivery, such as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), have been altered by the financial crisis; (3) what alternative approaches are being considered or used for the delivery of affordable housing.
Under-utilisation of the housing stock: Eight local case studies
Shelter commissioned CCHPR to undertake eight local authority case studies into under-utilisation of the existing housing stock. The research looked at empty properties, second homes and under-occupation.
The private rented sector in the new century: A comparative approach
The objective of this research was to examine the extent to which different regulatory frameworks across Europe have generated different incentives to provide private rental housing; to live in private rental housing; and to fund that housing.
Input into the consultation on the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategies
CCHPR were commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to assist in submitting their consultation response for the inquiry into the abolition of regional spatial strategies. The consultation focussing particularly on the implications for house building.
Housing benefit changes and their effects on the private rented sector
The project looks at short- and longer-term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The new government’s emergency budget of June 2010 proposed substantial reductions in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) payments made to private tenants who cannot afford their rent.
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 last 20 years looks 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.
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).
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.
Contributing to the political debate on planning and affordable housing
This project, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aimed to understand in more detail the range of instruments that are proposed as means of achieving both local empowerment and higher levels of market and affordable housing and to clarify the potential benefits and costs of moving to a more incentives based system.
A review of social housing in Jersey
This project was commissioned by the Housing Department of the States of Jersey to review the need for social housing in Jersey, and to make recommendations on the future ownership and management of the States’ social housing stock.
Forty years of working with the homeless in Cambridge: Cambridge Cyrenians 1970-2010
A book on the 40 year history of Cambridge Cyrenians was published in 2010. The book traces the history of the Cyrenians’ work with the homeless in Cambridge from their origins in the late 1960s to the current day.
Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors
This is an ‘expert panel’ study for CLG looking at the impact of the economic and housing market downturn on the rented sector of the housing market.
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.
Valuing planning obligations in England 2007/08
This project for Communities and Local Government builds on two previous studies valuing planning obligations in England in 2003-04 and 2005-06. The study aims to estimate the total number of agreements and obligations in 2007-08 and their value.
Improving the capacity of the planning system
This project comprised a series of regional round table discussions in the North, Midlands, East, South, London and Wales to assess the capacity of the planning system to deliver the government’s housing targets in sustainable communities and to make practical recommendations for improvement.
Low Cost Home Ownership and the credit crunch: Regional markets and competition with private developers
The aim of this study was to expand upon research conducted for the Housing Corporation, Low Cost Home Ownership: Affordability, Risks and Issues, in early 2008.
Housing need in England: A new analysis
This estimates current need for social rented housing in 2006, and the needs for social rented and intermediate housing in 2006-26. It is being produced for Shelter as part of the Shelter Housing Investment Project series. It makes extensive use of official household projections, at regional as well as national level. It also provides new estimates of the backlog of current un-met need at national and regional level.
The Poor Pay More
This research, published by the energy consumer watchdog, examined the limits of competitive markets in the provision of essential services to low-income consumers.

Publications and Presentations

Complete list of publications and presentations, with the most recent at the top.
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 costs, affordability and rent setting
CCHPR have published a research paper into the methodology for understanding local affordability and rents among social tenants. The research, which was commissioned by Affinity Sutton, is being published to contribute to the affordability debate across the sector. One key finding from the research is that while in the past many rent policies have held down rents on larger properties to assist families, those actually most likely to be helped off benefits through lower rents are smaller households without children.
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.
Social housing in the East: Challenges for the region and implications for the UK
This report is designed to inform the strategic thinking of national and local government and the social housing sector. It also aims to build public understanding of the key challenges and opportunities that the region will face in the future.
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.
International review of land supply and planning systems
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation published an international review of land supply and planning systems conducted by CCHPR, looking at what works and whether successful mechanisms from other countries could be transferred to the UK context. The review suggests that land supply is a key issue contributing to housing market volatility and problems of housing affordability in the UK.
Impact of welfare reform on housing associations – 2012 Baseline report
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 first component of the research programme is to establish baseline data and understand pre-emptive behaviour change before the reforms come into force. This will be a precursor to monitoring impact after April 2013, up to March 2014.
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.
The private rented sector in the new century – a comparative approach
This study examines the role of regulation in the private rented sector across 11 European countries. A key finding is that well-conceived and well-managed regulation can enhance the private rented sector for both tenants and landlords.
Freedom to succeed: liberating the potential of housing associations
This report for the Housing Futures Network explores both the current context and the future operating environment for housing associations in England. It argues that a transformation in role and function is underway with a number of unresolved tensions, the costs of which will be borne by tenants and associations. It concludes by setting out the case for plurality and greater operational freedom.
Housing in transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change
This is a study of patterns of housing tenure in England and London, looking back at the period 1993 to 2010 and then projecting trends forward to 2025. It also looks at the tenure patterns for low to middle income households and families with children. The study was for the Resolution Foundation and Shelter.
Funding future homes
The National Housing Federation wanted to produce a vision of the sector beyond 2015. As part of this work CCHPR produced a substantial background report drawing together the evidence. This included an appendix on development and funding models. The NHF produced an Executive Summary which is also available here.
Evaluation of FirstStop: Phase 2 Reports
The reports present the findings from an ongoing evaluation by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, which is analysing and informing the development of the FirstStop service. The new initiative aims to provide older people, their families and carers with a one-stop shop for advice on issues like home improvements and care. Users can call on a freephone number, or visit a website, to obtain independent, impartial information and advice on housing, care options, their rights and financial support. FirstStop also provides face to face advice and assistance locally e.g. helping older people to move to a more suitable home.
Memorandum submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply
A memorandum was submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply from the University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge and the LSE.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programme: Final report
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.
Market-pegged social rents & local income distributions
This report looks at whether higher 'affordable rents', pegged to market rents, for social housing will be affordable to different households in different locations. It discusses definitions of affordability, and recommends and employs a combined residual-income and rent-income-ratio measure. It draws on administrative data from CORE to describe recent trends in affordability measures in new social housing lettings.
Delivering local infrastructure and affordable housing through the planning system
Gemma Burgess, Sarah Monk and Christine Whitehead had a paper published in People, Place & Policy Online (2011): 5/1,pp1-11. Entitled 'Delivering local infrastructure and affordable housing through the planning system: the future of planning obligations through Section 106', the article draws on CCHPR's extensive research on Section 106.
Cross tenure rents and affordability 2008/09 update
This paper looks at the regional pattern of rents over the period 2002/03 to 2008/09 in the local authority, housing association, private rented and owner occupier sectors.
Comparison of stock, rents and service charges among different types of social landlords: 2008/09
In 2009, Dataspring undertook comparative analyses between these four types of social landlords on stock, rents and service charges. Following that baseline study, this paper updates the analysis and further investigates whether or not substantial differences exist between these landlords. Additional time series analysis has been included to help clarify this.
Under-utilisation of the housing stock: Eight local case studies, Report
This report includes eight local authority case studies into exploring under-utilisation of the existing housing stock. It was commissioned by Shelter to feed into a wider strand of work and examines the issues of empty properties, second homes and under-occupation.
Evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice initiative for older people: findings 2011/2012
A comprehensive information and advice service enabling older people to better plan ahead for their future housing and care needs is a key requirement if Britain is to cope successfully with its ageing society. The evaluation of FirstStop shows how it is helping older people to make difficult decisions about their housing and care.
The Changing Role of Private Renting in Europe
This research suggests that it is economic pressures rather than government policies which have been most important in changing the role of private renting across Europe. The research, undertaken by LSE London with the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and experts from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands found that demand for private renting is growing for four main reasons. First, in many places it has become harder to buy a home. Also, shifts in economic activity mean younger and more mobile people want to live in big cities and university towns, and the number of students (both national and international) in higher education has grown. Finally, there is some evidence that more young households are actively choosing to rent—some because of credit constraints and a growing feeling that home ownership is risky; others because renting privately offers better choice.
Evaluation of the Mixed Communities Demonstration Projects, Final Report
This is the final report of the evaluation of the Mixed Communities Initiative demonstration projects. It covers the period August 2006 to July 2009.
Response to the CLG Select Committee Inquiry on the abolition of regional spatial strategies for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) submitted a response to the CLG Committee’s Inquiry into the abolition of regional spatial strategies. This response was drafted on behalf of JRF by Gemma Burgess, Sarah Monk and Christine Whitehead, CCHPR, University of Cambridge, and Alison Bailey, Consultant Planner.
What does the literature tell us about the social and economic impact of housing? Report to the Scottish Government: Communities Analytical Services
The Scottish Government commissioned CCHPR to write a literature review on the subject of the social and economic impact of housing.
The Contribution of Housing, Planning and Regeneration Policies to Mixed Communities in Scotland, Report
This report looks at whether and how mainstream housing, planning and regeneration policies in Scotland are contributing to "mixed communities”.
How can the planning system deliver more housing?
We are not delivering the quantity and quality of new housing required, especially affordable housing. The planning system is seen as one of the main barriers to the delivery of new housing. This Solutions paper, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, contains lessons for policy and practice. It analyses the potential of a more localised system housing and planning system.
The Incidence, Value and Delivery of Planning Obligations in England in 2007-08
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield found that in 2007-08 private developers agreed to fund £5 billion of England’s local capital infrastructure, including roads and schools and new affordable housing in England. The research, which was commissioned by the Department of Communities & Local Government (CLG) and published by CLG, shows planning obligations have led to these very substantial contributions by developers.
Why do neighbourhoods stay poor? Deprivation, place and people in Birmingham
Report of a two-year study into the persistence of concentrated poverty in neighbourhoods in Birmingham, looking at the role of housing, migration and economic restructuring.

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