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This page holds reports received in 2018.  Our Ed Panel will assess each new report.  Those that they consider have the greatest chance of influencing policy makers are shown in the 'selected' 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 the 'highly commended' section.   Reports in the main section that have been assessed by the Ed Panel are marked with a tick below the summary.  If a report has a small pen+pad below it this means that the Ed Panel will have also written a short review about the report.  Useful factual data from some reports is included in the 'Bite size facts' drop down menu.  To read Ed Panel commentary on other 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.  

2018 reports - the Ed Panel 'must read' selection

Ending Rough Sleeping: What Works? An international evidence review

Crisis, Dr Peter Mackie, Prof Sarah Johnson, Dr Jenny Wood, January 2018.

Presents evidence to demonstrate that outreach services with suitable accommodation offers can make a difference.

Rethinking Tenancy Deposits

Generation Rent, Dan Wilson Craw, Mike Seiferling, March 2018

As the government moves to ban letting agent fees to private tenants, this report has taken the opportunity to revisit issues surrounding the treatment of damage deposits, with a current proposal of capping these at six weeks’ rent.

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

Crisis & JRF. Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Hal Pawson, Glen Bramley, Steve Wilcox, Beth Watts & Jenny Wood, April 2018

The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study providing an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes.

Rethinking Social Housing

Chartered Institute of Housing, June 2018

CIH stimulating a national debate and discussion about four fundamental questions:
1. What is social housing?
2. What does social housing do?
3. Who is social housing for?
4. What should the role and purpose of social housing be?

Home Improvements. Action to address the housing challenges faced by young people

Resolution Foundation, Intergenerational Commission, Lindsey Judge and Daniel Tomlinson, April 2018.

With the number of households with children renting privately tripling in recent years, and up to 16 per cent of millennials set to rent in the PRS from cradle to grave, this report calls for tenancy reform.

Everybody In, How to end Homelessness in Great Britain

Crisis, Matt Downie, June 2018

A hugely detailed report that outlines evidence from home and abroad of ways to end homelessness. The report shows the costs of preventing and solving homelessness along with the policies needed to get us there.

Land Value Capture

House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, September 2018

This report states that extra funding for new local infrastructure and affordable housing could be raised by wide-ranging reforms to how the increase in value of land resulting from public policy decisions is captured.

The sustainability of Right to Buy

LGA and Savilles, April 2018

An analysis that concludes that homes sold the Right to Buy are not being replaced and suggest the solution is to partially lift the council debt cap.

What Lies Beneath, How to fix the broken land system. 

New Economics Foundation, Sara Mahmoud, Joe Beswick, July 2018

Assesses the negative impact that high land prices have on the housing crisis

Independent Review of Build Out. Final Reports

Sir Oliver Letwin, October 2018

This final report presents recommendations about ways in which the Government could increase the variety and differentiation of what is offered on these large sites, raise the proportion of affordable housing, and raise the rate of build out.

The Invisible Land: The hidden force driving the UK’s unequal economy and broken housing market

IPPR, Luke Murphy, August 2018

This discussion document looks at how we can reform that land market to reduce financial speculation for the benefit of the public good.

A Social justice Housing Strategy, interim report

CSJ, October 2018

In this report the CSJ Housing Commission examines the consequences of the affordable housing shortage for poorer households in England, but also the financial implications for the taxpayer of maintaining the status quo

The Raynsford Review of Planning

TCPA, Nick Raynsford, November 2018

The final report fom the Raynsford Review of Planning that was set up to identify how the government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes.

Dreams and Reality, Government finance, taxation and the private housing marker

CIH, Steve Wilcox, Peter Williams, November 2018

This analysis of government spending, taxation and regulation of the housing market reaches the conclusion that home-owners are the most subsidised, followed by social housing tenants and then private landlords and renters.

Housing supply requirements across Great Britain for low-income households and homeless people

Crisis, NHF, Glen Bramley, December 2018

This research fills an evidence gap of the current and future housing requirements across Great Britain by making an assessment of how many homes are needed to address the existing shortage of houses, as well as the future demands of the growing population. The research shows that we currently have 4.75 million households across Great Britain who either have no home at all or are living in precarious and unsuitable accommodation.

2018 - highly recommended reports

Setting Social Rent

Capital Economics, Justin Chaloner, Melanie Debono, Alexandra Dreisin, Andrew Evans, Mark Pragnell, February 2018

This report assesses the implications of the government’s policy of social rent increases limited to consumer price inflation +1%. Click on the front cover to read Gemma Duggan's review of this report.

Viable Villages; closing the planning loophole that undercuts affordable housing in the countrysides

Shelter, CPRE, Rose Grayston, Rebecca Pullinger, March 2018

This report provides an assessment of the use by developer's of viability assessments to argue against building affordable homes in rural communities.

Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renter

Independent Age, March 2018

This report argues that with half a million older people living in privately rented accommodation, we need to do more to understand the unique needs of this growing section of the population.

How greater planning certainty would affect residential development

LSE, UCL, RTPI. Claudio De Magalhães, Sonia Freire-Trigo, Nick Gallent,Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, April 2018

An analysis that assesses the potential impact of 'Permission in Principle' (PiP) on housing supply.

The Future Size and Composition of the Private Rented Sector

LSE & Shelter, Chihiro Udagawa, Kath Scanlon and Christine Whitehead
May 2018

The LSE model how many privately renting households there will be in England in 2028 and what their demographic composition may be. Read the LSE London blog on this report.

Housing for older people

House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, February 2018

This report sets out the need for a national strategy on housing for older people.  Click on the front cover to read Prof. Ken Gibb's review of this report and read LSE London's blog on it here

The Value of a Social Tenancy: a socio-economic evaluation based on Hyde’s housing portfolio.

The Hyde Group, Katie Barnes, Jim Clifford, Carla Ross, Alice Hulbert, September 2018

The Hyde Group have modelled data from their portfolio and created a methodology to calculate the economic value of a social tenancy.

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector: three costed solutions 

JRF, Anna Clarke and Michael Oxley, March 2018

This report sets out three possible policy options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people in poverty, drawing on an international review of policy interventions used elsewhere in the world.

The Evolving Private Rented Sector

University of York Centre for Housing Policy, Julie Rugg and David Rhodes, September 2018

This report, which is a follow up to the authors official review ten years ago, looks the private rental markets role in the housing market and makes a number suggestions for reform.

Silver cities. Planning for an ageing population

Grosvenor, March 2018

A look at the ageing issue from a city perspective, providing a snapshot of how the implications of an ageing population are being addressed, if at all, within four very different global cities – Hong Kong, London, Madrid and Vancouver. 

Barriers to homeownership for young adults

IFS, Jonathan and Polly Simpson, October 2018

This is a chapter in the IFS 2018 Budget analysis and investigates the key trends in the housing market that young adults face, and the barriers that they create for young prospective homeowners.

Promoting design value in public rented housing, an English perspective 

CaCHE, Flora Samuel, October 2018

This paper provides a brief historical account of the marginalisation of architects, planners (and design value) from housing delivery and research – covering key issues such as procurement, building contracts, fees, post-occupancy evaluation and the dissolution of local authority housing departments.

Funding new social and affordable housing.

CaCHE, Ken Gibb, November 2018

This paper is part of a series published by the CaCHE Social Housing Policy Working Group. It explores the constraints and requirements of delivering subsidised affordable or social housing, particularly in England. It goes on to consider recent developments introduced across the UK and internationally, and reflects on new ideas that are emerging. The paper concludes with a summary of policy implications and considers key ways progress can be made.

Safe as Houses 2

The Smith Institute, Paul Hunter, November 2018

This report was commissioned by the London Borough of Southwark. Its purpose is to examine the impacts that Universal Credit (UC) has had on the rent payment behaviours of the borough’s own social housing or ‘council’ tenants.

Homelessness in Great Britain - The numbers behind the story

Shelter, November 2018

The true level of homelessness is extremely difficult to count. This work estimates the number of people (adults and children) that are recorded as homeless as at the end of Quarter 1 2018, which is the latest available set of official homelessness data.

2018 - other reports

Think Small, Build Big

IPPR, Ed Turner, Luke Murphy, Bill Davies, Charlotte Snelling, 

In Germany, unlike the UK, SME building companies have maintained a predominant position in housing development.  This report explores why and what we can do about it.

Why older people need more market rent housing

Housing LIN, Jenny Pannell, February 2018

Argues for more market rent housing for older people in addition to other tenure options. To read Gemma Duggan's review click here

State of Brownfield 2018

CPRE, February 2018

Reviews Local Authority registers to demonstrate that there is sufficient brownfield land for 1 million homes.

Retirement Living comes of age

Knight Frank, July 2018

Short analysis with some useful data about the shortage of accomodation for downsizers

HAPPI4 - Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People, Jeremy Porteus, April 2018

This report presents the findings of our APPG’s latest Inquiry: Rural Housing for our Ageing Population: Preserving Independence, the fourth in this series of “HAPPI” reports covering different aspects of housing and care for older people

A new generational contract

Resolution Foundation, Intergenerational Commission, May 2018

This review has a section on housing and the lower home ownership rates and higher housing costs for Millennials and also covers similar ground to the 'Home Improvements' report published in April 2018.

Remodelling Capitalism

Friends Provident Foundation, City University of London, Steward Lansley, Duncan McCann, Steve Schifferes, May 2018

This report has a section on urban land trusts

The 100-year life: the role of housing, planning and design

Social Care Institute for excellence, Centre for Ageing Better, Design Council, June 2018

A review of the impact in great longevity has on the design of our houses

Building More, Building Beautiful How design and style can unlock the housing crisis

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, Sir Roger Scruton, Sir Robin Wales, June 2018

Assesses whether a greater focus on design and the aesthetics of new houses will lead to a reduction in nimbyism and hence more homes.

Building for the Future The Role of County Councils in Meeting Housing Need

TCPA and the CCN, June 2018

A review of the role of County Councils in addressing the national housing challenge.

County Councils & Strategic Planning: A review of current & emerging practice

CCN, Catriona Riddell Associations, June 2018

The County Councils Network (CCN) considers how county councils could and should be involved in strategic planning to facilitate sustainable economic growth and boost housing supply

Green, pleasant and affordable.  Why we need a new approach to supply and demand to solve Britain’s housing problem

Onward, Neil O'Brien MP, Will Tanner, June 2018.

This new Thinktank's assesment of how to improve the supply of housing.

Building Homes, Building Trust 

Future shape of the sector Commission, June 2018

A widesweeping report from three major housing associations that looks at how the sector can build 80-100,000 houses per annum.

London quality of life indicators report 2017

London Sustainable development commission, December 2017

Highlights the environmental, social and economic challenges that London continues to face – both within housing policy, and beyond.

Precarious lives: Exploring lived experiences of the private rented sector in Salford

Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit, Lisa Scullion, Andrea Gibbons, Philip Martin. January 2018

A look at the experience of being a private renter in Salford and how living in this tenure intersects with low pay, insecure employment, health problems and benefits take up.

The decline of homeownership among young adults

IFS Jonathan Cribb , Andrew Hood and Jack Hoyle, February 2018

Provides up-to-date analysis of falls in homeownership, and which groups of young adults have seen the sharpest falls.

Overcoming the Stigma of Social Housing

LSE, Anne Power, Bert Provan, February 2018

A detailed analysis of the changes in tenure and housing management over the last few decades and how this has impacted on social housing tenants.

Left out: Why many LGBTQ+ people aren't accessing their right to housing in the UK

World Habitat, June 2018

This report highlights the housing issues faced by LGBTQ+ people which cause high of hardship, despite getting very little attention in the housing sector.

Using Housing First in Integrated Homelessness Strategies

St Mungos & University of York Centre for Housing Policy, Nicholas Pleace, February 2018

This report explores Housing First in relation to the evidence base on services designed to end homelessness among single people with support needs. Some attention is given to prevention and relief services, but this report is concerned with services for those single homeless people who require support as well as housing

Social Property Investment, pioneering strategies for 21st century homelessness prevention and response

Amy Varle, January 2018

Amy Varle's in depth and personal analysis of solutions, including international ones, to end homelessness.

Delivering Healthy Housing

The Academic-Practitioner Partnership, Peter Archer, Alan Murie, Richard Turkington, Christopher Watson, March 2018

This report sets out to connect health and housing and looks at the social and economic implications of 'inadequate housing.

A New Rural Settlement, fixing the affordable housing crisis in rural England.

IPPR, Darren Baxter, Luke Murphy, June 2018

Makes the case for a tailored approach to delivering affordable homes in rural communities and links this to a post Brexit review of wider rural policy.

A Time for Good Homes, meeting the needs of the generation that housing forgot.

Radian and the HFI, July 2018

What does a 'good' home mean and why does having one make such an impact? What are the impacts of private sector short term insecure tenancies?

Housing and life experiences: making a home on a low income

JRF, Karen Croucher, Deborah Quilgars and Alison Dyke, April 2018

This report shows how good and stable housing can mitigate poverty, and the difficulties in trying to make and sustain a home in an increasingly expensive and constrained housing system.

Housing and Disabled People

Equality and Human Rights Commission, May 2018

This report argues that many disabled people live in homes that do not meet their requirements and that urgent action is required to make sure that future housing supply is accessible for everyone.

Third overview of housing exclusion in Europe 2018

Abbe Pierre Foundation - Feantsa, March 2018

With the homeless population increasing across Europe this reports looks at the evidence and the underlying causes

Rethinking customer insight, moving beyond the numbers

HACT, August 2018

Offers a critical appraisal on how organisations currently go about assessing customer satisfaction and proposes a new approach.

Housing First, England

Homeless Link, Becky Rice, August 2018

This report investigate the current and future funding of housing first in England

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations, a scoping study

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, Professor Paul Hickman, Dr Ben Pattison, and Dr Jenny Preece, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield, August 2018

Analyses the existing research on the impact of welfare reform on housing associations.

Housing, planning and homelessness. Moving the conversation on.

The LGA, July 2018

A short paper setting out some LGA policy suggestions with regard to planning, housing, homelessness and rough sleeping.

The role of home adaptations in improving later life

Peabody, July 2018

Primary research with practitioners and people with lived experience – to understand the role of home adaptations in improving later life.

Building communities that work: The role of housing associations in supporting employment

IPPR, Joe Dromey, Charlotte Snelling, Darren Baxter, July 2018

Makes the case for a tailored approach to delivering affordable homes in rural communities and links this to a post Brexit review of wider rural policy.

Health at Home

Peabody, July 2018

A new health and wellbeing model for social housing tenants

The Peabody Index

Peabody, July 2018

This short review tracks the experience of London's social housing tenants

In work, but out of a home

Shelter, July 2018

A short piece of research that reviews government data to find out the proportion of homeless families in temporary accommodation, who are in work.

Touch and go: how to protect private renters from retaliatory eviction in England

Citizens Advice, August 2018, Caroline Rogers, Mette Isaksen and Beth Brindle

In 2015, the government passed a law aimed at banning retaliatory eviction when a tenant raises complaints. Despite these efforts, this research finds that retaliation for raising complaints still occurs.

An international review of the changing institutions of private rental housing.

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Chris Martin, Kath Hulse, Hal Pawson, January 2018

This report provides a resource for considering policy settings and institutions relevant to the Australian private rental sector (PRS) by drawing on the international experience of 10 countries in Australasia, Europe and North

Better Housing, Better Health in London Lambeth

Sheffield Hallam, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Aimee Ambrose, Nadia Bashir, Mike Foden, Jan Gilbertson, Geoff Green, Bernard Stafford, February 2018

A review of Lambeth's Housing Standard investment programme and it impact of the quality of life of council tenants.

Older people's housing, care and support needs in Great Cambridge 2017-2036

Sheffield Hallam, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research & Sheffield University, Tom Archer, Stephen Green, David Leather, Lindsey McCarthy, Ian Wilson, David Robinson, Malcom Tait, March 2018

This report presents the findings of research into the housing, care and support needs of older people in Greater Cambridge.

Effective housing for people on low incomes in the Welsh Valleys

JRF, Tom Archer, Stephen Green ,Ian Wilson, June 2018

This report outlines a series of policy and practice recommendations for social housing providers, the Welsh Government, landlords and key stakeholders.

The State of the Green Belt

CPRE, August 2018

The CPRE's Annual Review looks at whether building on the Green Belt is solving the affordable housing crisis.

Ground Rent, do the risks outweigh the rewards?

Network Homes, Kristian Scrase, November 2017

A detailed analysis of the current structure of ground rents with recommendations about how to regulate going forward.

A Sustainable Increase in London’s Housing Supply?

LSE London, Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead & Fanny Blanc, January 2018

The third of three Knowledge Exchange and Impact Projects that aims to identify ways of accelerating residential development in London, to monitor how the system has been changing and to offer suggestions to policy makers and practitioners about how to encourage the positive and to overcome the barriers.

Are we ready for the Boom? Housing Older Londoners.

Future of London, March 2018

A review of the impact of the ageing-population on housing, planning and policy in London.

Planning 2020, Interim Raynsford Review

TCPA, Nick Raynsford, May 2018

The Town and Country Planning Association's interim report that scopes out the case for fundamental reform of the planning system.

It can be stopped

CSJ, August 2018

This report, whilst peripheral to those normally held on Thinkhouse, provides a blueprint to takle gang related offending and therefore may be interesting to some of our readers.

The Hattersley and Mottram housing estate: An evaluation of its regeneration

Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, Onward Homes by Dr Paul Hepburn and Dr Matthew Thompson, May 2018

A review of the interventions made by Peak Valley Housing Association in the regeneration of Hattersley and Mottram, a large former council housing estate in Greater Manchester.

Better Brownfield

Policy Exchange, Susan Emmett, Nicholas Boys Smith and Alessandro Venerandi, May 2018

At look at how to create mixed-use neighbourhoods and streets by utilising sites currently occupied by single-storey big box retail and industrial sheds in London

Delivering affordable homes in a changing world

APSE, TCPA, May 2018

The fourth annual housing research collaboration between the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). 

Social Housing and Employment, Helping social housing be the springboard to a better life

CSJ, July 2017

This interim report calls for incentives for social landlords who help their tenants into work

Settlement Patterns, urban form & sustainability

RTPI, May 2018

This research paper draws from evidence on the relationship between settlement patterns, urban form and sustainability to demonstrate the positive contribution of planning to national challenges relating to economic productivity, climate change, public health and our ageing population

An Evaluation of Rent Regulation Measures within Scotland’s Private Rented Sector

Shelter Scotland, Douglas Robertson and Gillian Young, March 2018

An analysis of the success or otherwise of rent pressure zones and whether they could be implemented in Scotland

Independent Review of Build Out Rates

Sir Oliver Letwin, June 2018

The draft analysis of Sir Oliver Letwin’s review into the length of time between planning permission being granted and a site being completed.  Link to the 2008 Glasgow University Review is here.

Borough Builders: Delivering more housing across London

Centre for London, Victoria Pinoncely, Mario Washington-Ihieme, July 2018

This report undertakes fresh analysis of council models of housebuilding in London (outside joint ventures), assessing the potential for scaling these up, the challenges and complexities facing councils, and the optimal methods of delivery.

Meeting Expectations with digital care

Housing LIN, Appello, CIH, housing&care21, Places for People, TSA, C&C, September 2018

"Digital technology promises to revolutionise telecare in the supported housing sector. But how ready is the sector?"

Policy approaches for improving affordability

CaCHE, Professor Geoffrey Meen, University of Reading, September 2018

This report attempts to summarise the evidence about supply shortages and over-consumption and apply the models that have been developed in the literature to explore the effectiveness or otherwise of demand and supply policies.

How should housing affordability be measured?

CaCHE, Professor Geoffrey Meen, University of Reading, September 2018

Housing affordability is widely recognised as one of the most important issues facing households today. However, before we can assess the extent of the problem or propose solutions, we need to be clear how affordability should be measured.

Credit Emancipation: How salary-linked lending can help turn around disadvantaged places

ResPublica, Phillip Blond, Mark Morrin & Howard Reed, September 2018

Whilst peripheral to our usual focus this report has great relevance to many RP and ALMO tenants.

Developing income-linked rents

Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning, Michael Jones, Anna Clarke, Chihiro Udagawa, September 2018

Set against a backdrop of the roll out of Universal Credit and frozen 'social' rents, this project focused on the analysis of different approaches to the relationship between rent setting and its interaction with the welfare benefits system through Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

Urban CLT Project

National Community Land Trust Network, Dr Tom Moore, University of Liverpool
Professor David Mullins, University of Birmingham, Bingzi He, University of Birmingham, Matt Thompson, University of Liverpool, Cara Claassen, Tom Archer, Sheffield Hallam University, September 2018

A review of the success of supporting provided to 19 community land trusts in urban environments

Housing Addressed, Freeing up land, while protecting the environment.

Freer UK, Simon Clark MP, September 2018

This paper looks at supply-side problems,in particular the green belt and proposes solutions, which would free up land for at least 1.5 million new homes, while increasing protections for the environment.

Made for London: Realising the potential of Modern Methods of Construction

Centre for London, Victoria Pinoncely, Erica Belcher, September 2018

This report examines how Modern Methods of Construction could improve the speed, scale, and quality of housing delivery across the capital

International Evidence Review of Housing Taxation

CaCHE, Cyrille Lenoel (NIESR), Jeffrey Matsu (RICS) and Barry Naisbitt (NIESR), September 2018

This report examines three different aspects of housing taxation, in terms of their neutrality, fairness, transparency, efficiency and practicality.

Social Housing, Evidence Review

University of York Centre for Housing Policy, Rebecca Tunstall, Nicholas Please, September 2018

This review, used to inform the Green Paper, concludes that Social housing has improved over time, and is not as negatively perceived by residents as is so often thought.

Priced Out: Home ownership and public service workers

Unison, September 2018

This report highlights how saving the money for a down payment on a property would take decades – or more than a century for public sector staff in some parts of London.

Rightsizing: Reframing the housing offer for older people

HMCA, Centre for Ageing Better, Mark Hammond, Stefan White, Steven Walsh, October 2018

This report reveals that when it comes to choosing a home, older people are motivated by the same desires as other age groups. For example, wanting more space for guests, moving to a nicer area, and better access to green spaces.

European Journal of Homelessness

European Observatory of Homelessness, October 2018

In this edition of the EJH, some of most pressing policy, practice and research issues are debated and discussed.

Innovative approaches to home adaptations help people live in their homes for longer

Centre for Ageing Better, October 2018

This report highlights how councils and service providers are working to help local people live in their homes for longer through home adaptations.

Make a House a Home

Onward, Will Tanner and Guy Miscampbell, October 2018

This report proposes giving private renters a chance to buy their rented home by rewarding landlords who sell to long-term tenants.

Investigating the effect on welfare reform on private renting

RLA, Tom Simcock, October 2018

The principal aim of the present study was to examine the effect of welfare reforms on the private rented sector, including but not exclusively the impact of universal credit on landlords and the broader sector. A further goal of this report is to continue the monitoring of key trends in the sector. The research findings are based on the responses of 2,234 landlords across the UK.

The hidden costs of poor quality housing in the North

Northern Housing Consortium, Smith Institute, October 2018

This reports highlights that nearly 1m owner-occupied homes in the North now fail to meet the decent homes standard in addition to 354,000 private rented homes.

Rent controls: lessons from international experience

RLA Pearl, LSE London, Peter Williams and Christine Whitehead, October 2018

 Is the private rented sector suitable for its growing role as a mainstream tenure especially given the large numbers of family households that are now living there?

Meanwhile, in London: Making use of London’s empty spaces

Centre for London, Nicolas Bosetti, Tom Colthorpe, October 2018

This report looks at how unused space could create temporary housing, workspaces, parks, community gardens and retail aka 'meanwhile use'

Social Housing in Northern Ireland: Challenges and policy options

CaCHE, Joe Frey, October 2018

The paper sets out the current issues facing social housing in Northern Ireland and outlines a range of potential policy initiatives to address them. The paper provides a profile of the social housing sector in Northern Ireland (which differs to the rest of the UK) and draws on evidence from a range of sources, including government statistics and research, academic papers and more recently qualitative evidence based on discussions with a number of key players in Northern Ireland.

Social Housing Governance

CaCHE, Alex Marsh, October 2018

The paper focusses on social housing governance, reviewing how the sector has responded to various environmental pressures before concluding with four policy issues. The paper considers the following topics: organisational strategy and scale; governance structures and values; the voice of tenants; organisational performance; and thinking systemically. draws on evidence from a range of sources, including government statistics and research, academic papers and more recently qualitative evidence based on discussions with a number of key players in Northern Ireland.

Transport for New Homes

Transport for New Homes, October 2018

Transport for New Homes has visited over 20 housing developments to see what we are building in terms of transport and ensuing lifestyles. 

Housing and Ageing: Linking strategy to future delivery for Scotland, Wales and England 2030

University of Stirling, October 2018

This report looks at the future of housing in the UK, and has been submitted to the UK, Scottish, and Welsh governments in a bid to ensure a joined-up approach to housing across the UK.

Social Housing in Wales

CaCHE, Bob Smith, October 2018

This paper looks at the social housing sector in Wales, its changing scale and quality, its organisation and governance, affordability and rent levels, issues of value for money, and the contribution which social housing is making to meet current housing needs. The paper concludes with possible policy priorities and highlights the need to address current and evolving challenges facing social housing in Wales.

Private Renting Reforms: How to evidence the impact of legislation

SPICe, Mark Livingston, Kate Berry, Kenneth Gibb and Nick Bailey, November 2018

TThis briefing is the result of a project with the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow and the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence as part of SPICe’s academic engagement programme. It complements another briefing, Private renting reforms in Scotland: overview and analysis (forthcoming), prepared as a part of the same programme.

Accessibility is the key

Abode Impact, November 2018

This is the largest-ever survey on wheelchair users and their housing needs.

Making Homeless Young People Count

Centrepoint, November 2018

This research reveals that in 2017/18, an estimated 103,000 young people approached their local authority for help. These councils need more funding to support them.

Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector

RLA, Manchester Metropolitan University Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Chris O’Leary, Susan O’Shea and Kevin Albertson. November 2018

This research finds that security of tenure is not a cause of increasing homelessness from the private rented sector. Most tenancies are ended by tenants rather than landlords. Where landlords ended tenancies under ‘no fault’ routes, rent arrears was the most common reason cited by landlords for terminations. This suggests that ‘no fault’ terminations is a misleading name and changes to the minimum length of tenancies or to s21 terminations are unlikely to reduce homelessness.

Social Housing in Scotland

CaCHE, Bilge Serin, Keith Kintrea and Kenneth Gibb, November 2018

This report presents a short overview of social rented housing in Scotland since devolution, with the aim of opening up a discussion of what are increasingly diverging social housing policies across the UK. The paper covers the phased abolition of the Right to Buy in Scotland, the targeted increase in affordable housing supply across Scotland, delivery of the supply programme, tenant accountability issues, and the final section proposes lessons that are raised from the Scottish experience.

The impact of social housing on child development outcomes.

WINNER OF OUR ECRP PRIZE, Anya Martin, Peabody Research

This paper uses Millennium Cohort Study data to compare the cognitive, health, emotional, and behavioural development outcomes of children living in social housing compared with those living in private rented housing in England. It builds on work on previous birth cohort studies to examine how the relationship between tenure and outcomes has changed over time, and how, when controlling for a limited set of socioeconomic factors, the children of social housing tenants are no worse off than the children of private renters. This challenges research which has previously found they tend to be worse off, even when controlling for various socioeconomic factors. Link to Birmingham University research on this subject

Design Value at the neighbourhood scale

CaCHE, Bilge Serin, Tom Kenny, James White, Flora Samuel, November 2018

Creating well-designed neighbourhoods is widely accepted as an important policy objective. However, there is limited agreement on what this means in practice. Synthesising the UK-based academic refereed literature, grey literature and policy documents, this evidence review explores the various ways in which design value has been defined and measured, and promoted, before concluding with a working definition of design value that incorporates social, environmental and economic elements.

More homes in less space: living in high-density housing in London

LSE London, Kath Scanlon, Fanny Blanc and Tim White, December 2018

London has historically been a low-rise city of terraced houses and private gardens, but if it is to accommodate its rapidly growing population without impinging on the Green Belt, then new homes must necessarily be built at higher densities. This densification is recognised as inevitable and indeed is an explicit policy target. Densification is an important way to address today’s housing challenges, but we should not lose sight of the future. The homes we build now will probably still be occupied in 2070 and perhaps in 2170–how can we ensure they work for Londoners now and in the long term?

The case for reforming private renting: Interim report

IPPR, Darren Baxter, Luke Murphy, December 2018

Despite the more significant role that the private rented sector now plays in the housing market, the regulations which govern the tenure have not kept pace with its growth. This report follows a number of in-depth conversations with tenants and landlords across England as we seek to understand the lived experience of those in private renting and how they want it to change.  Final report here

Building for Baby Boomers

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, December 2018

In Building for the Baby Boomers, Policy Exchange argue a new generation of homes purpose built for ageing baby boomers is needed. It says increasing older people’s choice in the housing market should be a more central feature of Government’s housing strategy. This would allow more baby boomers to move into homes fit for their retirement, releasing family homes onto local housing markets; and give more baby boomers the chance to access housing wealth they have stored up in spare bedrooms.

House of the rising son (or daughter)

Resolution Foundation, Stephen Clarke, John Wood, December 2018

Homeownership rates have plummeted for today’s younger generation. Rising unaffordability has led many first-time buyers to rely on family or friends to help with the deposit on their first home. The rise of the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad is much-discussed but until now there has been little analysis of the strength of the relationship between parental support and people’s chances of becoming homeowners.

Rough Sleeping Delivery Plan

MHCLG, December 2018

Following the publication of the Rough Sleeping Strategy this summer, the Rough Sleeping Delivery Plan, sets out how important measures contained in the strategy will be delivered – including targets and tough deadlines for all 61 commitments.

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

House of Commons Library, Wendy Wilson, Cassie Barton, December 2018

This detailed analysis looks at the gap between housing supply and demand and trends in housing.

Annual reviews - white & green papers, statistics, commercial innovation

English Housing Survey

MHCLG, January 2018

Headline Report for period 2016-17

Social Housing Green Paper - Briefing note

JRF, Brian Robson, February 2018

This briefing outlines why the Green Paper must set out a plan to bridge the 30,000 homes per year gap between current supply and objectively-assessed need, with the aim of reducing the cost of housing for low-income families.

Home Truths 2017/18

National Housing Federation

A link to the Federation’s annual look at the housing market in England. Nine regional reports provide local data on affordability, unemployment and shortfall in housing supply.

Apex Development's commercial Airspace offer

A London developer using modular development on top of existing buildings to increase housing density.  

LivShare, Reclaiming the HMO

Commonweal Housing and Andy Redfern, June 2018

LivShare is a shared housing model that focuses on modular construction and affordability.

Reviewing the Housing Supply Literature

CACHE, a Literature Mapping, Dr Bilge Serin, July 2018

This literature mapping focuses on housing supply literature that emerged since 2005. The mapping is geographically limited to the UK and the timeframe is based on including both sides of the 2008 pre and post crash period.

A new deal for social housing

MHCLG, Green Paper, August 2018

Government consultation paper with a strong focus on community engagement, safe and decent homes and social housing regulation.

Social Housing Lettings April 2017 to March 2018


Government statistical report on social housing lettings.