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CCHPR Launch Affordable Housing film

CCHPR Launch Affordable Housing film

CCHPR has made a short film on promoting policy change to boost the supply of affordable housing. The film sets out the problem of a low level of house building in the UK, relative to needs, and looks at the policy options to address the low level of production.

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Dr Alan Holmans CBE

Dr Alan Holmans CBE

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research has learnt with great sadness of the death of Alan Holmans. Alan had a long and distinguished relationship with CCHPR. He will be greatly missed. This is an appreciation of Alan by two close colleagues; Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams. It includes quotes from others who worked with Alan throughout his career and is followed by the text of the address given by CCHPR Director, Michael Oxley at Alan’s funeral on April 8th.

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Analysis of the private rented sector in Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas

Richmond Council, together with Richmond Housing Partnership, commissioned a short piece of work to help form the evidence base of their tenancy strategy.

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Areas of Britain most affected by ‘bedroom tax’ are hardest to downsize in, research finds

Areas of Britain most affected by ‘bedroom tax’ are hardest to downsize in, research finds

Research commissioned by government following housing benefit reforms finds increase in tenants self-selecting to downsize, but the areas hardest hit by reform are those least equipped with appropriate housing stock. Researchers found households increasingly cutting back on essentials such as food and heating to make up benefits shortfall.

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A book co-authored by Michael Oxley has just been published in Russian

A book co-authored by Michael Oxley has just been published in Russian

Bridging the gap between social and market rented housing in six European countries” by Marietta Haffner Joris Hoekstra, Michael Oxley and Harry van der Heijden was originally published by IOS Press in the Netherlands

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Book review by Dr Gemma Burgess published in Journal of Social Policy

Book review published in Journal of Social Policy. Dr Gemma Burgess reviews Patricia Kennett and Chan KamWah (eds.) (2011), Women and Housing: An International Analysis. Abingdon: Routledge. £34.99, pp. 247, pbk. doi:10.1017/S0047279411000882

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Building social capital through community timebanking: an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project

Building social capital through community timebanking: an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project

This research evaluated the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire for Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group. Timebanking is a community scheme which enables local people to exchange skills and support in a structured way around the swapping of units of their time. It can help to build social capital in local communities, but may also have the potential to generate cost savings.

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Building social capital through community timebanking

This research evaluated the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire for Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group. Timebanking is a community scheme which enables local people to exchange skills and support in a structured way around the swapping of units of their time. It can help to build social capital in local communities, but may also have the potential to generate cost savings.

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CCHPR Annual Report 2014 now available

From 2014 onwards, CCHPR is changing the format of its Annual Reports. Unlike previous reports in PDF format, the 2014 Annual Report comprises of an online commentary from Michael Oxley with links to relevant content from the CCHPR website - including 2014 projects, presentations etc.

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CCHPR Annual Report 2013

CCHPR Annual Report 2013

CCHPR are pleased to publish their Annual Report for 2013. It includes a farewell from Peter Williams who retired as Director at the end of the year and a welcome to Professor Michael Oxley who took over in January 2014.

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New Appointments at CCHPR

CCHPR is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Oxley as successor to Peter Williams as Director (from 1 January 2014) and Sam Morris as an early career researcher (as of September 2013).

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CCHPR Presentations at Housing Studies Association Conference 2012

Four members of CCHPR gave presentations at the Housing Studies Association Conference 2012 at the University of York.

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CCHPR Releases Affinity Sutton Affordability Research

CCHPR Releases Affinity Sutton Affordability Research

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.

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CCHPR Research Support for Lloyds Banking Group Commission on Housing

CCHPR provided the research support for the Lloyds Banking Group Commission on housing. The Commission’s Report was published on January 28th 2015. This was marked by an event at the House of Commons with speeches by CCHPR Director Michael Oxley, Stephen Noakes, Managing Director, Retail Customer Products, Lloyds Banking Group, Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds and the Co-chairs of the Commission Mark Prisk MP and Nick Raynsford MP, two former Housing Ministers from different political backgrounds. The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis also welcomed the report.

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CCHPR presentation at the Housing Statistics Network Social Housing Statistics Seminar

In the first part of their HSN Social Housing Statistics Seminar presentation, Connie gave a brief overview of the recent policy changes in social housing and the collection of housing statistics, and described some CCHPR projects on how these changes affected the social housing sector. Christine then outlined the future policy analyses on impact of localism on social housing and the data requirements to support the new agenda.

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CCHPR report published on how to encourage data sharing between regulatory agencies

CCHPR report published on how to encourage data sharing between regulatory agencies

Researchers from the CCHPR were commissioned by the UK Government’s Better Regulation Delivery Office to carry out a project examining attitudes to data sharing amongst regulators. The final report, now published, contains a number of organisational, legal and technical recommendations.

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Capturing Planning Gain – The Transition from Section 106 to the Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy came into force in April 2010 (DCLG, 2011a). It allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area and the money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. This research for the RICS explores the issues arising in the transition to the new system.

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Intended and unintended consequences? A case study survey of housing associations and welfare reform

With the Welfare Reform Act 2012 heralding the introduction of some of the most significant changes to the administration and distribution of benefits in recent times, the National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how these changes impact across the housing association sector in England.

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Challenging Times, Changing Lives

Riverside Housing Group have published the first output from a three year longitudinal study tracking the lives of 20 tenants and exploring how they respond to financial changes and welfare reform.

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Changing the profile of social housing

New analysis by CCHPR models the likely impact of allocating a larger proportion of social housing to working households.

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Co-production in research and public services – working papers published

Two papers from the evaluation of the public health outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project in Wisbech have just been published. They provide an overview of co-production. One focuses on co-production in research and the other on co-production in public services.

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Managing hearing loss in vulnerable groups of the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities

This study is the second of two pieces of research exploring the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf.

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Measuring the affordability of housing association rents in England: a dual approach

Dr. Connie Tang's article "Measuring the affordability of housing association rents in England: a dual approach" published in the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, has been chosen as a *Highly Commended Award Winner* at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

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ESRC Funds Ground Breaking Research on What Works in Tackling Poverty from CCHPR

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research is delighted to announce that we have been selected by the ESRC to undertake one of four major new research projects that will advance understanding of effective strategies for tackling poverty. This important new research is part of the What Works in Tackling Poverty programme which is being led by the Public Policy Institute for Wales.

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Economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area

Economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area

The University of Cambridge was commissioned to undertake an economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area in order to help address the current and future challenges facing Wisbech and to maximise the opportunities available to the town and its surrounding area as set out in the Wisbech 2020 Vision.

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Equity Release amongst older home owners

There is increasing interest in the role the use of equity release products can play in coping with some of the pressures of an ageing population. This study analyses what we already know about the use of equity release products by older homeowners to identify what might it be valuable to research further.

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Equity release round table discussion event November 7th Nuffield Foundation

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation to explore the key current issues shaping equity release by older home owners.

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Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK

Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK

The lack of coherent national data on homelessness makes measuring the true scale of youth homelessness a real challenge. This in turn presents a challenge for those trying to end homelessness and for government to ensure effective allocation of funding so that young people receive the support they need. Most data currently collected by governments across the UK relate to the statutory homeless; those found eligible for help under the Main Homelessness Duty. However, this provides only a limited picture of the scale of homelessness. Centrepoint commissioned us to carry out this research to produce an up-to-date estimate of the number of young people aged 16 to 24 experiencing homelessness during the course of a year.

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Evaluating the Public Health Outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits Project – conference poster published

Evaluating the Public Health Outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits Project – conference poster published

A poster was presented at the School for Public Health Research annual conference about the evaluation of the public health outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project in Wisbech.

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Evaluation of the Housing and Other Benefit Measures in the Social Rented Sector

The DWP announced this week that CCHPR, together with Ipsos MORI, has been commissioned by the DWP to evaluate housing benefit changes in the social rented sector.

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Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts

Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts

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.

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Evaluation of Early Support in Essex

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.

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Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy:  Interim Report

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 deemd to be under-occupying their home.

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Evaluation of the FirstStop initiative - new report shows continued success of the service

A summary of the evaluation so far of the FirstStop initiative has just been published. It was included as an insert in the 26th April issue of The House parliamentary magazine magazine which is sent to all MP's and Peers.

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Evaluation of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme

This evaluation of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme in England was published on 15th February. Peter Williams and Christine Whitehead were part of the IPSOS MORI led research team.

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Experimental review of the Cambridge Travel to Work Area (TTWA) as a tool for informing local housing policy - including a study of the Ely housing market in the context of the Cambridge TTWA

Travel To Work Areas are used primarily to understand local labour markets, but are also used in housing planning. However, TTWAs do not allow for overlap. Taking Cambridge as their example Chihiro Udagawa and Dr Paul Sanderson identify commuting areas for Cambridge that lie within the boundaries of other employment hubs. Their study suggests care should be taken when using TTWAs for housing planning purposes.

Experimental review of the Cambridge Travel to Work Area (TTWA) as a tool for informing local housing policy - including a study of the Ely housing market in the context of the Cambridge TTWA - Read More…

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.

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FirstStop Evaluation: Report on progress of the funded local partners 2013/14

FirstStop Evaluation: Report on progress of the funded local partners 2013/14

This report explores the progress of the local housing options services which are currently funded by FirstStop. The research suggests the local projects have empowered older people to make informed decisions, have given them full knowledge of all the options available and have supported them in appraising these options effectively.

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FirstStop local partners: costs and potential savings to public budgets of client casework 2014

FirstStop local partners: costs and potential savings to public budgets of client casework 2014

The aim of this research was to report on the costs and benefits of a sample of cases dealt with by the FirstStop local partners providing housing options services to older people. It focuses on the intense level three casework data provided by the local partners.

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History of Household Projections by Alan Holmans

Alan Holmans has produced a new report on the Household Projections in England: Their History and Uses.

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Housing Futures Network

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.

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Housing Markets and the Globalisation of Generational Inequalities - Professor Richard Ronald, University of Amsterdam

We were delighted that Professor Professor Richard Ronald, University of Amsterdam, participated in the Department of Land Economy seminar series and presented his research on Housing Markets and the Globalisation of Generational Inequalities.

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Housing finance and the housing market; lessons from the UK?

This article outlines developments in the UK housing and mortgage markets with a focus on the period since 2007 and the global crash. It picks up on the UK responses to what is now a global debate on macro-prudential policy and lines of intervention in mortgage markets.

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Housing in Transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change

Patterns of housing tenure in England have changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Looking forward, and depending upon the nature of economic recovery, there could be even greater change. Mortgaged home ownership could fall to little more than 25% of all households from over 40% in the early 1990s, and overall homeownership dropping from a high of around 70% to perhaps 62% in 2025. Private renting could increase by nearly 40% to house over 5.5 million households. These are findings from a study by CCHPR for the Resolution Foundation and Shelter.

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Housing need and effective demand in England – the ‘big picture’

Housing need and effective demand in England – the ‘big picture’

The purpose of this note was to review current concepts and measures of housing need in use in England, and how they relate to effective demand. It looks at what is likely to be the new supply of housing that would be required to meet the need generated by population and household growth and change; how much of this supply could be generated by private effective demand; and how much would depend on assistance.

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Housing policy in a theoretical context

This academic article by Alan Murie and Peter Williams in the journal Housing Studies explores Jim Kemeny’s political tenure strategies argument via a long view of the evolution of housing policy in the UK. The paper argues for a more refined approach. It has been published on line in August 2015.

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Journal article published - Housing poverty in Ecuador: challenges to eradication

Galina Alova, former MPhil student in the Department of Land Economy, and Dr Gemma Burgess have published an article on housing poverty in Ecuador.

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New estimates of housing demand and need in England, 2011-2031, by Alan Holmans

New estimates of housing demand and need in England, 2011-2031, by Alan Holmans

Key findings include the abrupt break with longer term trends in household formation in England between 2001 and 2011. Net additional household formation was down by some 20%,with almost 1 million fewer one-person households in 2011 than had been projected.

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How do landlords address poverty? A poverty-focused review of the stratetgies of local authorities, landlords and letting agents in England

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.

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Identifying housing need in the horseracing industry – new research and industry response

The aim of this research was to establish the degree and nature of current unmet need for affordable housing amongst racing staff and to make recommendations as to how that need may best be met.

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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.

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New journal article published in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

Improving housing outcomes: the value of advice and support for vulnerable older people (Burgess, G. and Morrison, N., 2015) has been published by the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

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Inclusionary housing policy in England: Impact of downturn on delivery of S106 affordable housing

“Inclusionary housing policy in England: the impact of the downturn on the delivery of affordable housing through Section 106” – just published in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment by Dr Nicky Morrison and Dr Gemma Burgess.

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Increasing land supply for housing

Increasing land supply for housing

Dr Gemma Burgess and Sarah Monk discuss the findings from their RICS research paper into the mechanisms available to increase housing land supply.

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Institutional Investment in Housing

Peter Williams, then Director of CCHPR, gave a presentation on 'Institutional Investment in Housing' during a visit to Australia in March 2012.

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Interim Report: Landlords’ written strategies to address poverty and disadvantage

Interim Report: 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.

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Interim Revised Estimates of Future Demand and Need in England in 2006 – 2026

The purpose of this work was to revise the estimates of newly arising future demand need for housing published in 2008 by Shelter in Homes for the Future – A new analysis of housing need in England. The occasion for revising these estimates was publishing by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) of new, 2008-based, projections of households.

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International review of land supply and planning systems

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has just 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.

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Introduction to time banking and time credits

Introduction to time banking and time credits

The first working paper of the evaluation of the public health outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project in Wisbech has just been published. It provides an overview of time banking and time credits.

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Latest UK Housing Review Briefing published

Latest UK Housing Review Briefing published

UK Housing Review Briefing Paper was launched at the annual CIH Conference on 23rd June. This is an updated companion volume to the full review published earlier in the year.

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Managing Money Better Project Evaluation

Managing Money Better Project Evaluation

The Managing Money Better (MMB) project provides money management information and advice through the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers through its website, national telephone advice line and its existing network of local partners and peer to peer services, which deliver face to face information and advice on housing, care and money options. It is an integrated part of the housing and care options support service offered by FirstStop. The project aims to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support. Dr Gemma Burgess has evaluated the MMB project to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service.

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Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people

Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to undertake this piece of work looking at the requirement for emergency homeless accommodation, supporting housing units, social housing and private rented housing with the use of Housing Benefit across England with a specific focus on the requirements for those aged 16-25.

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Measuring the affordability of housing association rents in England: a dual approach

A new journal article has been published by Dr Connie Tang in the latest issue of the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis. The purpose of this article is to compare relative levels of rental affordability across the English housing association sector, using two methods, rent-to-income ratio and residual income standards (poverty-line and budget standard).

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Mechanisms to increase housing land supply in England and Wales

Mechanisms to increase housing land supply in England and Wales

A recent review conducted by CCHPR identified measures taken successfully in other countries to bring land forward for housing (Monk et al, 2013). However, it showed that in England and Wales many of these mechanisms are already available or in place in some form. This new research funded by the RICS builds on the review to identify case study examples where the mechanisms have been used successfully.

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New CCHPR Director Excited by New Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

New CCHPR Director Excited by New Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

As the new Director of CCHPR I am excited about the opportunities and challenges for this first class research centre in the years ahead. I am determined to utilise the vast range of expertise and experience built up over more than twenty years to produce even more influential, high impact research.

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New paper on household income distribution estimates published: Pay to Stay impacts in Local Authority areas in two English regions

Drawing on household income distributions, this pilot study by Chihiro Udagawa and Paul Sanderson estimates the localised impact and scale of the new proposed 'Pay to Stay' policy in two contrasting regions - London and the West Midlands.

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New Realdania research contract now signed

CCHPR is pleased to announce that a new Realdania contract was signed on 30 January 2013. It will last for 18 months and is worth £180,000 ex VAT.

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CCHPR Launches its New Website

CCHPR Launches its New Website

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which provides a more integrated, engaging and visual user experience.

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New publication from Alan Holmans on the history of household projections

This paper on the household projections in England by Alan Holmans, looks at their history and uses over time, starting with the 1930s when data from two censuses was used to predict new household formation rates and continuing to the current period when greater emphasis is placed on survey data.

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New report on the private rented sector in Europe has now been published

The Private Rented Sector in the New Century – A Comparative Approach has now been published by the study’s sponsor, Realdania, Denmark. The authors are Christine Whitehead, Sanna Markkanen, Sarah Monk, Kathleen Scanlon and Connie Tang. The 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.

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New research into housing for young people published

A new report into 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.

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New research into rural housing published

Social tenants in rural areas are more likely to than those in urban areas to have to move house as a consequence of reductions in housing benefit, but there are fewer smaller dwellings for them to move to.

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Older people’s views of service provision in Cambridge

This project was a collaboration led by Dr Gemma Burgess between CCHPR, the Department of Geography and the Office of External Affairs and Communications at the University of Cambridge. A study was conducted on behalf of the Cambridge Older Peoples Reference Group (COPRG) to explore older people’s views of services in the Cambridge area.

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Papers presented at housing conference, Lillehammer, June 2012

Gemma Burgess, Sarah Monk and Christine Whitehead presented papers at the European Network for Housing Research in Lillehammer in June.

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The potential for Time Credits to generate public health outcomes – a conceptual model – working paper published

A paper from the evaluation of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project in Wisbech has just been published. It outlines how we expect the different activities associated with earning and spending Time Credits to generate public health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

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The potential for Time Credits to generate public health outcomes – interim report published

A report detailing the interim findings from the evaluation of the public health outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project in Wisbech has just been published.

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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.

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Prospects for Investment in Social Housing

The Investment Property Forum (IPF) commissioned CCHPR to investigate whether institutional investors could be attracted to expand the social housing sector in the UK. The final report was published in February 2015 on the IPF website.

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Reality dawns – the impact of welfare reform on housing associations: a mid-2014 view

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.

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Report backs government-funded older people’s advice service

Report backs government-funded older people’s advice service

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.

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Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London

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.

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Research on the nature of planning constraints

Research on the nature of planning constraints

The aim of this research was to analyse the nature of planning constraints on the provision of housing. The research was commissioned by the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee.

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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.

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Right to Buy could mean a loss of 75,000 low-cost homes and a higher Housing Benefit bill

Right to Buy could mean a loss of 75,000 low-cost homes and a higher Housing Benefit bill

Replacing housing association homes sold under the new Right to Buy (RTB) scheme with those for sale could drive up costs for low-income tenants and the taxpayer, according to a new report. The new analysis undertaken by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research was published today (20 November) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It looks at the impact of the tenure of replacement homes.

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Road and Sewer Bonds in England and Wales – report to the NHBC

Road and Sewer Bonds in England and Wales – report to the NHBC

The NHBC Foundation commissioned this research to investigate the circumstances and consequences of performance bonds required by highways authorities and water supply companies for housing developments.

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The role of the planning system in delivering housing choice for older Londoners

This study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to investigate the role of planning in meeting the housing needs of older Londoners.

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The changing delivery of planning gain through Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy

The aim of this research was to consider the issues shaping the delivery of planning obligations through S106 and to explore the potential impact of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), particularly on the delivery of affordable housing.

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Sarah Monk elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Sarah Monk elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

CCHPR is delighted that Sarah Monk, who was our Deputy Director for several years, has been elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. The Academy have recognised Sarah as leading researcher in the field of housing and urban economics and planning.

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Scoping study on service use by the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities

This study aimed to begin to explore the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf.

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Select Committee on the future of housing associations

Select Committee on the future of housing associations

Senior Research Associate, Anna Clarke, gave evidence to the Government’s Select Committee on the future of housing associations on 14th December.

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Shadow EU Summit Managing Tomorrow’s Cities – Dr Gemma Burgess gives key note speech on social inclusion

The shadow EU-summit in Amsterdam is the platform where students, experts and policymakers meet to provide practical, valuable and realistic solutions on a wide range of today’s and tomorrow’s urban challenges http://www.shadoweusummit.eu/. Dr Gemma Burgess gave a key note speech on social inclusion which you can download here:

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Sight Loss is not Life Loss: Evaluation for Southampton Sight

Sight Loss is not Life Loss: Evaluation for Southampton Sight

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge has undertaken an independent evaluation of the Sight Loss is not Life Loss project for Southampton Sight. The evaluation found that the project is helping to reduce social isolation and to support people in maintaining their independence.

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Strategic planning for development, rents etc.? Would analysis of household incomes at local level help? Ask CCHPR.

Strategic planning for development, rents etc.? Would analysis of household incomes at local level help? Ask CCHPR.

Information about household incomes at a local level has long been acknowledged as a gap in available data. Social landlords in particular often need household incomes at local authority level in order to set, for example, Affordable Rents for different sizes of property, and to assess the potential market for shared ownership development.

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The demographic time bomb

By 2032 a quarter of the British population will be over the age of 65. On November 3, a panel of economists, businessmen and social scientists will gather in Cambridge to discuss the issues surrounding this rapid demographic change.

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