This page holds reports received in 2020.  Our Ed Panel will assess each new report.  Those that they consider have the greatest chance of influencing policy makers are shown in the 'must read' section at the top of the page.  The Ed Panel aims to have about a dozen reports listed in this section by the end of the year and those reports that have made way for more highly ranked ones are listed in a 'highly commended' section.   Reports in the main section that have been assessed by the Ed Panel are marked with a tick below the summary.  Useful factual data from some reports is included in the 'Bite size facts' drop down menu.  To read Ed Panel commentary on reports see the Blogs drop down menu. At the bottom of this page annual statistical and Government publications are shown. The home page also holds a selection of the most recently published reports and you can use the category drop down menu or search function to find specific areas of interest.  

2020 - main section

It was like a nightmare – the reality of sofa surfing in Britain today

Crisis, Ben Sanders and Sophie Boobis and Francesca Albanese, January 2020

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

What is affordable housing?

House of Commons Library. Wendy Wilson and Cassie Barton, January 2020

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. 

Why Flats Fall Down

Built Environment for Scotland, Douglas Robertson, January 2020

This study highlights, drawing on data published by the Scottish House Condition Survey, that half of all Scottish housing is in ‘critical disrepair’ and almost half of this demands ‘urgent attention’

Local authority new build programmes and lifting the HRA borrowing caps What is the potential and what are the constraints? 

CIH National Federation of ALMOs ARCH, January 2020

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.

Assessing the impact of Housing First in Brighton and Westminster

SHUSU and St Mungo's, Katy Jones and Andrea Gibbons and Philip Brown, January 2020

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.

Foundations for Community-Led Housing

Future for London, January 2020

Report on the potential for and practicalities of community-led projects to deliver more affordable homes and help rebuild trust and the community’s active role in development.

50 out-of-the-box Housing Solutions to Homelessness & Housing Exclusion

Housing Solutions Platform, January 2020

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. 

Capturing increases in land value

CaCHE, Tony Crook, January 2020

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.

Unlocking brownfield land

Edaroth / Atkins, January 2020

Whilst written to promote Atkin's social housing business this paper does contain some interesting brownfield data and some interesting analysis.

Planning 2020 ‘One Year On’ 21st Century Slums?

TCPA, Nick Rainsford, January 2020

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. 

UK house prices and three decades of decline in the risk‑free real interest rate

Bank of England, David Miles and Victoria Monro, January 2020

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%.

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