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 reports - the Ed Panel 'must read' selection

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.

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.

Working hard(ship). An exploration of poverty, work and tenure

Resolution Foundation, Lindsay Judge & Hannah Slaughter, February 2020.

This report explores the link between poverty, work and housing, and adds to our knowledge of the topic in two distinctive ways. First, we look at in-work poverty not just as a static but also a dynamic condition. Second, we explore the intersection between housing tenure and in-work poverty.

Forms And Mechanisms Of Exclusion In Contemporary Housing Systems: A Scoping Study 

CaCHE, Jenny Preece, Emma Bimpson, David Robinson, Kim McKee and John Flint, February 2020

This report explores the central research question: what do stakeholders and housing providers identify as the key mechanisms of exclusion in contemporary English rental housing systems?

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’

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.

Capturing increases in land value

CaCHE, Tony Crook, January 2020

This 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. 

A housing design audit for England

CPRE with UCL and Place Alliance, Matthew Carmona Amer Alwarea Valentina Giordano Anastassia Gusseinova Fola Olaleye, January 2020

The report, an audit of over 140 housing developments built across England since 2007, found that one in five of these developments should have been refused planning permission outright as their poor design was contrary to advice given in the National Planning Policy Framework. A further 54% should not have been granted permission without significant improvements to their design having been made first.

Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey and Chris Doughty, January 2020

To remain a competitive economy and to address the country’s housing shortage, the planning system is in urgent need of wholesale reform. This report puts forwards a blueprint for doing that.

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, January 202

The report recommends greater use of offsite construction, where structures are built at a different location, such as a factory, then transported to the site of use. This helps to reduce cost, speed up delivery, improve quality and environmental impact and reduce health and safety risks.

Living with beauty; promoting health, well-being and sustainable growth

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, January 2020

In its final report, ‘Living with beauty’, the Commission has set out its recommendations to government.  Here are links to two reports that suport the analysis in this report.  Cost and Value.  and Building in Beauty

The impact of short-term lets

Capital Economics, Andy Evans and Roxanne Osuna, January 2020

This report from ARLA Propertymark, in partnership with leading research consultancy Capital Economics, looks at the scale of the UK’s short-term lets sector and the wider implications on the private rented sector.

Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway urban regeneration project

Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group, Camilla Lewis, Mark Hammond, Niamh Kavanagh, Chris Phillipson, Sophie Yarker, February 2020

This report argues that the Northern Gateway should offer mixed, affordable and age-appropriate housing and amenities. An equitable development plan should be developed, through community-led engagement, to ensure that the benefits of regeneration are shared among new and existing residents.

Evidencing the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness

LGA, Zoe Charlesworth & Dr Benjamin Fell & Fabiana Macor, February 2020

This report highlights that the LHA rate now available for 9 out of 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent. This means that in many parts of the country there are no properties available to those entitled to full support with their housing costs.

Homeless Mothers: Key Research Findings

CaCHE, Emma Bimpson, Kesia Reeve and Sadie Parr, February 2020

This reports explores and makes visible the experiences of homeless mothers and their interaction with housing and other social services.

The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2020

Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramely, G., Wood, J., Stephens, M., Frey, J. & McMordie, L, February 2020

The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2020 is the third annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Northern Ireland.

Better housing for the 21st century

The Academy of Urbanism, February 2020

This report draws on places that have been shortlisted for Academy of Urbanism Awards both in the UK and other parts of Europe to draw some lessons for policymakers. A combination of new ideas and the reintroduction of some forgotten approaches can, the authors suggest, solve the UK housing crisis and create better neighbourhoods.

Women, Homelessness and Health

Groundswell, February 2020

This research aims to understand the health conditions women who are homeless were facing and how homelessness affected their health. The research was carried out by volunteers, all who themselves have experienced homelessness, enabling them to build trust and relate to the women they were talking to.

Making the UK fairer: Where we live

PWC, February 2020

This report is focused on ‘Places’ and builds on the themes in PWC’s first two reports in this series on ‘Making the UK Fairer’ and ‘How we Work’, by providing further insight on the disparities that exist between people living in different places.

Start to Finish. What factors affect the build-out rates of
large scale housing sites?

Lichfields, February 2020

This research on housing build-out rates and lead in times, analyses new detailed monitoring data for 97 sites and over 500 homes

Knocked Back: failing to support people sleeping rough with drug and alcohol problems is costing lives

St Mungo's, February 2020

This report is written to highlight and find solutions to the number of preventable deaths caused by drug and alcohol among rough sleepers.

Unleashing the digital premium

Good Governance Institute & Legrand, February 2020

This report calls for immediate action to embrace digital solutions, building on a programme of research and engagement with senior leaders from the health, care, and housing sectors.

Alternative approaches to resolving housing disputes

CaCHE, Jennifer Harris, February 2020

This research explores the role and potential of alternative dispute resolution in addressing landlord and tenant disputes in the UK private rented sector.

Households in temporary accommodation (England)

House of Commons Library, Wendy Wilson and Cassie Barton, March 2020

This briefing paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with the increased use of temporary accommodation. The most recent statistics were published in December 2019 and cover the period April to June 2019.

Shared ownership (England): the fourth tenure?

House of Commons Library, Hannah Cromarty, March 2020

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how shared ownership housing operates in England. It outlines Government policies to extend shared ownership, including proposals for a new national model for shared ownership and a new right to shared ownership for housing association tenants. The paper also examines the key barriers to extending shared ownership.

Housing and Net Zero

House of Commons Library, Ed Potton, March 2020

This briefing considers the approach to housing, energy efficiency and net zero, providing an overview of Government policy and parliamentary comment on the issue.

Ageing in the Right Place, An Australian perspective

Global Centre for Modern Ageing, March 2020

As part of the ‘Ageing in the Right Place’ research, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing surveyed over 1000 Australians aged 55+ to uncover what makes a place feel like home and what factors are important when creating places where people want to live

Delivering health and care for people who sleep rough: going above and beyond

The Kings Fund, March 2020

People who sleep rough have some of the worst health outcomes in England. This report explores how four different local areas are delivering effective health and care services to people sleeping rough.

Home and dry: The need for decent homes in later life

Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair England, March 2020

This report reveals that over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health or wellbeing.

A Foot In The Door: Experiences of the Homelessness Reduction Act (2020)

Crisis, Sophie Boobis, Cuchulainn Sutton-Hamilton
and Francesca Albanese, March 2020

This is the interim research report into the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act. It is based on 984 surveys and 89 in-depth interviews across 6 local authority areas with those approaching services for support.  

Making Housing Affordable Again: Rebalancing the Nation’s Housing System

Affordable Housing Commission, March 2020

This report calls on government to make affordable housing a national priority and to put it at the centre of a national housing strategy. A concerted approach from the key players will be needed and we hope you will be among those who can engage with this agenda. 

Estimating the pipeline of Community-Led Housing projects and its grant requirements

 National Community Land Trust Network in partnership with the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality and UK Cohousing, March 2020

This report reveals a potential pipeline of over 23,000 affordable community led homes.

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

House of Commons Library, Cassie Barton, Wendy Wilson, March 2020

This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and has been updated to take account of subsequent developments, including the new Government's commitment to increase housing supply

Valuing Housing, Improving Lives

Localis and HFI, March 2020

An essay collection that encompasses how housing policy and the planning system could be directed to supporting the most vulnerable in society.

UK Housing Review 2020

CIH, March 2020

This report is a key resource for busy managers and policymakers across the public and private housing sectors in the UK. The Review, published annually, brings together the most important housing statistics for England (and its regions), Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It features over 200 charts and tables for those who need information about housing policy and finance. The link goes to the CIH site.

What’s going on in Scottish local authority housing finance?

 Cache, Tony Cain and Ken Gibb, March 2020

This report examine recent Scottish Government Housing Revenue Account statistics.

A Traumatised System, research into the commissioning of homelessness services in the last 10 years.

University of York, Imogen Blood & Associate, Riverside, Imogen Blood, Nicholas Pleace, Sarah Alden & Shelly Dulson, March 2020

This briefing paper examines three international case studies on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve housing disputes: the Civil Resolution Tribunal in British Columbia, Tenancy Services in New Zealand, and the Residential Tenancies Board in Ireland. The findings from these case studies point to certain key principles that may help to improve dispute resolution for landlords and tenants in the UK private rented sector (PRS).

How to solve the housing crisis

Said Business School, March 2020

This report is a culmination of the finding of thee-day workshops that formed more than twenty ideas that could contribute to solving the housing crisis

Alternative approaches to resolving housing disputes

Cache, Jennifer Harris, March 2020

This briefing paper examines three international case studies on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve housing disputes: the Civil Resolution Tribunal in British Columbia, Tenancy Services in New Zealand, and the Residential Tenancies Board in Ireland. The findings from these case studies point to certain key principles that may help to improve dispute resolution for landlords and tenants in the UK private rented sector (PRS).

Annual reviews - white & green papers, statistics

The Resolution Foundation Housing Outlook

Resolution Foundation, January 2020

This quarterly publication will be tracking all the key trends as the 2020s unfold. We will be keeping an eye on the housing market, and the way that housing intersects with both living standards and policy developments. This quarter, we begin with a look at house prices and ask whether the ‘levelling up’ we observe across the country since 2016 is at an end, or if the process still has further to run.

Rough Sleeping Snapshot Statistics 2019

HMG, February 2020

The annual rough sleeping snapshot provides information about the estimated number of people sleeping rough on a single night between 1 October and 30 November each year and some basic demographics details (age, gender, nationality). These statistics provide a way of estimating the number of people sleeping rough across England on a single night and assessing change over time. 

Living longer: implications of housing tenure in later life

ONS, March 2020

This report highlights that among households in England containing someone aged 60 years or over, fewer than half in the private-rental sector have savings or investments, compared with over three-quarters of those who own their homes outright.