Based on face-to-face interviews with 114 people with current or recent experience of sofa surfing across 12 locations, the report shines a light on the most common form of homelessness
This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
A survey of 22 local authorities ranging from five London boroughs to large cities in the Midlands and North and several medium and small authorities. The replies throw considerable light both on local authorities’ new-build plans and on the opportunities and constraints they still face.
Research that explores the impact of our Housing First services in Brighton and Hove, and Westminster. It strengthens the case that Housing First is an effective solution to rough sleeping, but works best if the wider environment is right.
A compendium of some of the most innovative and daring examples of housing solutions which showcases 50 concrete examples of innovative solutions from across Europe to providing affordable housing.
Debates about whether and how to tax or otherwise ‘capture’ increases in land values have dominated planning and housing policy debates for decades. The attempts to tax increases were largely unsuccessful and whilst planning obligations policies and practices have had the effect of capturing land values to finance for infrastructure and affordable housing they have been only partially successful. Debates about how to capture increases more successfully and especially to help finance more new affordable homes continue. The paper looks at the arguments for capturing increases in land values especially increases following planning permission, reviews the evidence of the outcome of policies and considers what more might be done including in the light of experience overseas and the differing experiences within the nations of the UK.
One year ago the final report of the Raynsford Review of Planning was published. This update report takes stock of how English planning has evolved since, and stresses the need for practical action and reform to fundamentally change the planning system.
Real house prices in the UK have almost quadrupled over the past 40 years, substantially outpacing real income growth. Meanwhile, rental yields have been trending downwards — particularly since the mid‑90s. This paper reconciles these observations by analysing the contributions of the drivers of house prices. It shows that the rise in house prices relative to incomes between 1985 and 2018 can be more than accounted for by the substantial decline in the real risk‑free interest rate observed over the period. This is slightly offset by net increases in home‑ownership costs from higher rates of tax. Changes in the risk‑free real rate are a crucial driver of changes in house prices — the model predicts that a 1% sustained increase in index‑linked gilt yields could ultimately (ie in the long run) result in a fall in real house prices of just under 20%.