This page holds reports received in 2019.  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.  

2019 reports - the Ed Panel 'must read' selection

Building for our future: a vision for social housing

Shelter's commission on the future of social housing, January 2019

This report recommends a historic renewal of social housing, with a 20-year programme to deliver 3.1 million more social homes. This will allow the benefits of social housing to be offered much more widely – providing both security for those in need and a step up for young families trying to get on and save for their future.

Sign on the dotted line. A new rental contract

IPPR, Darren Baxter, Luke Murphy, January 2019

This report sets out a programme of radical reform to the private rented sector . In doing so, it draws on in-depth conversations with tenants and landlords across England.

Planning for new homes

NAO, February 2019

This report is part of a series on housing in England, including Housing in England: overview (2017) and Homelessness (2018). It assesses how effectively MHCLG supports the planning regime/Planning Inspectorate to provide the right homes in the right places. 

Housing insecurity and mental health; evidence review

CaCHE, Jenny Preece & Emma Bimpson, March 2019

Reviews the evidence into the relationship between housing insecurity and mental health. This project was carried out by the CaCHE team based at the University of Sheffield, in partnership with Mind Cymru. Whilst the evidence-base is international, the report considers this research literature in light of the Welsh context for housing and mental health services.

Additionality of Affordable Housing

Savills, NHF, G15, HFN, April 2019

This report investigates the additionality of affordable housing to housing supply in England. This is the extent to which an increase in affordable housing leads to an increase in overall housing supply, towards the Government target of increasing housing supply to 300,000 additional homes per annum by the mid 2020s.

2019 - main section

Learning from International examples of affordable housing

The Urbed Trust, Shelter, Nicholas Falk, Jonah Rudlin

The URBED Trust were commissioned to provide a set of case studies on affordable housing internationally, which we have presented in the form of a short report, drawing on previous visits by Nicholas Falk to some inspiring cities, and existing publications on social and affordable housing. While this is not a fully comprehensive review, we have benefitted from comments from local experts, and introductions from Dr Nicky Morrison at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research. We hope it will encourage more visits to learn from what other cities have done to tackle similar issues to the ones we face in England.

Increasing Investment in Social Housing

Capital Economics for Shelter's Commission on the future of social housing, Justin Chaloner, Grant Coquhorn, Mark Pragnell, January 2019

Capital Economics has been commissioned by Shelter to provide robust economic analysis on public sector expenditure on housing in England in order to inform the debate on funding more social rent housing.

Baby Boomers deaths to reach peak in 2044

The Times article, Kaya Burgess, January 2019

A short but interesting piece based on an analysis of ONS data.

Engaging and empowering tenants in council-owned housing

TPAS, LGA, January 2019

Engaging and involving tenants is a core activity for council landlords and the LGA want to understand and highlight good practice, the challenges faced and any additional support required. Engagement, like housing, is under increased scrutiny across the sector presently, which is welcome and long overdue.

Why Aren’t Housing Associations Building More Social Rented Homes?

Network Homes, January 2019 

This report examines the development finance model for housing associations and seeks to explain why housing associations cannot just turn on the social rent taps in the current policy and economic environment without putting themselves at very considerable financial risk.

Common Repair Provisions for multi-owned property: a cause for concern

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Built Environment Forum, Scotland, Douglas Robertson, January 2019

The question this report attempts to address is what are the current arrangements for ensuring that
common repairs are undertaken within flatted property in Scotland, and are they working?

Better Homes for Older Adults: Improving Construction, Health, Care, Design, Technology & Finance

Agile Ageing Alliance, Tata Steel, January 2019

The convergence of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), potentially game-changing assistive technologies and big data analytics constitutes a golden opportunity to rethink the outlook for ageing populations, especially in terms of housing.

What's Not Working? Barriers to employment and the impact of rent and housing benefit.

L&Q, Peabody, Matthew Grenier, Anya Martin, Lucy Worrall, January 2019

This report set out to answer three questions: Do higher rents disincentivise residents from finding work or working more hours? Is this disincentive exacerbated by housing benefit? What other factors contribute to residents’ decisions to find work or increase their hours.

Helping Communities Build, a review of the Community Land Trust Funds and lessons for future support

Sheffield Hallam University, Charities Air Foundation, Tom Archer, Stephen Green, Charlie Fisher, January 2019

This report, whilst acknowledging successful community-led schemes, also strives to identify how support for CLTs can be implemented more effectively in the future. 

Size doesn’t matter. Giving a green light to micro-homes

Adam Smith Institute, Vera Kichanova, January 2019

Can micro houses (less than 37 sq m of floor space) offer an affordable alternative for young people?

Democracy Starts at Home

Wheatley Group, CIH, The Democratic Society, January 2019

The research is aimed at gathering the very best examples of customer engagement from across the world to help point the way forward.

Rise and Fall: The shift in household growth rates since the 1990s

Civitas, Daniel Bentley and Alex McCallum, February 2019

This report looks at household formation over the last decade and assesses some of the important implications of the decline in household size ceasing.

Home for Good: the role of floating support in ending rough sleeping

St Mungo's, February 2019

As part of St Mungo's Home for Good campaign, they issued Freedom of Information requests to 135 local areas to learn more about how funding for their floating support services has changed over the past five years.

Poverty and housing in the private rented sector

NHF, February 2019

In this short briefing the NHF outline the key findings from their analysis that shows the positive impact that social rent could make to households in relative poverty after housing costs who are paying a market rent in the private rented sector.

Making a sustainable community: life in Derwenthorpe, York, 2012–2018

JRF, Deborah Quilgars, Alison Dyke, Alison Wallace and Sarah West, February 2019

This research finds that mainstream housing developers can successfully deliver sustainable homes and communities at scale that produce high-quality living environments. However, different levels of buy-in from residents mean that environmental and social measures need to be built into the model as far as possible from the outset.

Homelessness in 2030

Y-Säätiö and Feantsa, February 2019

FEANTSA member, the Y-Foundation, has published a collection of essays from leading researchers from around the world on the future of homelessness. The essays offer futures in which homelessness has been eradicated, utopias and dystopias, visions from countries such as Australia and Germany and detailed imaginings of paradigms and policy in the sector.

Exploring Shared Ownership Markets outside London and the South East

Centre for Housing Policy University of York, Alison Wallace, February 2019

This report outlines the key findings of research into the trade-offs new home buyers make when finding a home and considering shared ownership, as well as explores the factors that help or hinder housing providers in expanding their offer. 

Co-Living: A Solution to the Housing Crisis?

Social Market Foundation, Scott Corfe, February 2019

This study explores the role that co-living could play in increasing homeownership for first-time-buyers in the United Kingdom – particularly among those in younger age groups living in urban areas.

The Last-Time Buyer: housing and finance for an ageing society

Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, Les Mayhew, February 2019

This report provides many practical and achievable recommendations to help tackle financial and housing issues for the ageing population. 

Rebuilding Shattered Lives

St Mungo's, March 2019

This report finds that homelessness services are often designed with men in mind, and can fail to support women effectively.

The Peabody Index, tracking the experiences of low-income Londoners

Peabody, March 2019

This edition highlights how social housing tenants are working harder but getting poorer as they faced a continued squeeze on their incomes. It also investigate the extent to which work is providing a significant, secure route to higher living standards.

How does the land supply system affect the business of UK speculative housingbuilding?

CaCHE, Sarah Payne, Bilge Serin, Gareth James, David Adams, March 2019

In this evidence review, CaCHE evaluate some of the key strategies of the speculative housebuilding sector, in relation to land, planning and development, drawing especially on 62 publications dating from 1997 to 2018.

Reimagine housing: thinking inside the box

KPMG, March 2019

This report examines whether ‘temporary villages’ on suburban and outlying sites could help to address one of the country’s biggest challenges: our chronic housing shortage?

Shaping Futures: Changing the Housing Story, Summary Report

Shaping Futures 21, Sharon Chisholm, Ken Gibb, David Hulchanski, Duncan Maclennan, Hal Pawson, March 2019

Reports on the Shaping Futures program, a knowledge exchange and policy analysis initiative spanning Australia, Britain and Canada, which explored the conventional housing policy narratives that have dominated government thinking in those countries.

The State of Ageing in 2019: Adding life to our years

Centre for Ageing, March 2019

A small section on housing looks at whether our housing stock can cope with an ageing population

The unspoken decline of outer London: Why is poverty and inequality increasing in outer London and what needs to change?

The Smith Institute, Paul Hunter, March 2019

Whilst this report focuses on understanding the extent to which poverty and inequality have worsened in outer London in recent years, especially relative to inner London it does have a section on housing implications

Tomorrow’s Places: A plan for building a generation of new millennial towns on the edge of London

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, Richard Blakeway, March 2019

This report argues that a new approach to meeting housing demand in London is required, based on the building of new places on the edge of London along five updated growth corridors

Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland. 

Scottish Land Commission, Shona Glenn, James MacKessack-Leitch, Katherine Pollard, Jayne Glass, Rob McMorran, March 2019

Looks at the new housing and other community implications of concentrated land ownership in Scotland.

Integrated Homes, Care and Support. Measurable Outcomes for Healthy Ageing

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, C Holland, I Garner, J O'Donnell, H Gwyther, March 2019

This report shows that older people benefit from improved physical and mental health in retirement communities, resulting in cost savings to the NHS

Putting Down Roots. Improving security for renting families and private landlords 

CSJ, March 2019

Examines the impact of insecurity on the lives of private rental sector tenants and explores the appetite among renters to feel in control of their homes while retaining the beneficial flexibility of the sector.

How should we evaluate housing outcomes

CaCHE, David Clapham, Chris Foye, April 2019

This report raises important issues regarding the evaluation of housing outcomes and the setting of policy/practice objectives that are often overlooked in common approaches, notably the central role of values and who defines them.

Tackling intergenerational unfairness

Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision, April 2019

This report includes a number of housing recommendations

The Appropriate and Rightsizing Study

Gwent Health, Social Care and Housing Partnership, Julia Osmond, April 2019

This report presents the findings of a study for the Gwent Health, Social Care and Housing Partnership which researches the aspirations for appropriate housing solutions for older people in Gwent

Local authority spending on homelessness

WPI Economics, St Mungo's, Homeless link, Jamie Thunder, Christina Bovill Rose, April 2019

This report shows that council spending on support for single homeless people in England fell by 53% between 2008-9 and 2017-18.

Adapting European Cities to Population Ageing: Policy Challenges and Best Practices

EPSON, ACPA, April 2019

ESPON ACPA will investigate the effectiveness of policies and initiatives to develop age-friendly cities and initiatives that support “ageing in place” in eight cities and city-regions. ACPA’s results will directly feed into the adaptation and development of policies and action plans related to age-friendly cities and social programmes including post-2020 cohesion policy.

New Perspectives on Housing

The Young Foundation, Helen Goulden, John Piper, April 2018

The report sets out the five housing challenges that we put under the microscope as part of the New Perspectives project. 

Impact of Universal Credit – Revisited

Northern Housing Consortium, April 2019

This report builds on evidence collected in the NHC’s year-long longitudinal study of its membership across the North collecting evidence on their tenants, their organisation and their experience of dealing with the Department for Work and Pensions. It also reflects on other studies throughout the roll out and anecdotal evidence from member consultation events.

Fixing the Care Crisis

Centre for Policy Studies, Damian Green, April 2019

This report argues that the current system is financially and politically unsustainable, opaque, unfair, and actively discourages local councils from investing in social care and housing for older people.

Investigation into the government’s land disposal strategy and programmes

NAO, May 2019

A NAO review into the £178billion (estimated total value) of central government-owned land and property and the policy to sell assets which no longer serve a public purpose, or that purpose can be more efficiently realised through its transfer to private or non-government hands.

Draft Healthy Homes Bill

TCPA, May 2019

A proposal, in draft Government Bill format, that all new housing meets 10 quality, safety and placemaking ‘principles’. Attributes that the TCPA believes collectively constitute a ‘decent’ home.

Wales, the Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply

Welsh Government, May 2019

A review of the range of housing needs in Wales

Housing Works: Assessing the Impact of Housing Association Employment Support

SHUSU, Mark Wilding, Katy Jones, Philip Martin, Lisa Scullion, May 2019

This research had two key aims: to contribute to an understanding of what helps people to move closer to, enter or sustain employment and to demonstrate the value of housing association investment in employment related support for residents. 

Public Housing: A London Renaissance

New London Architecture, May 2019

A review that explores the resurgence taking place in the provision of new public (affordable) housing in London. 

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2019

Crisis, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Hal Pawson, Glen Bramley, Jenny Wood, Beth Watts, Mark Stephens & Janice Blenkinsopp, May 2019

The latest state-of-the-nation report, led by Heriot-Watt University for Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has called for urgent action to address the impact of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) freeze amongst those living on the lowest incomes

Stakeholder Engagement on the Private Rented Sector and Changing Housing Aspirations

CaCHE, Joe Frey, May 2019

This briefing provides a thematic summary of post-presentation discussions by stakeholders who attended the event organised by CaCHE on 15 January 2019 as part of its ongoing collaborative work with the Department for Communities Northern Ireland

Overview of Private Rented Housing Reforms in Scotland

CaCHE, Ken Gibb, Mark Livingston and Kate Berry, May 2019

This briefing paper provides an overview of recent reforms to the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland.

A safe Home; Breaking the link between homelessness and domestic abuse

Crisis, APPG for ending homelessness, May 2019

This report looks at households fleeing domestic abuse in England and whether they are being provided with a safe home by their council housing teams.

Insight Report: A Forecast for Accessible Homes

Habinteg, June 2019

In a nationwide analysis of 322 local planning policies, the report reveals that just 1% of homes outside London are set to be suitable for wheelchair users, despite 1.2 million wheelchair users currently residing in the UK

Defining and measuring housing affordability – an alternative approach

Affordable Housing Commission, June 2019

This interim report of the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) proposes a new measure of housing affordability in England. Rather than focusing on market rents and house prices it defines and measures housing affordability as being what people can afford, be it to rent or to buy. 

Moving Matters: Housing costs and labour market mobility

Resolution Foundation, Lindsey Judge, June 2019

This report shows that the number of people aged 25 to 34 starting a new job and moving home in the last year has fallen 40% over the last two decades.

Forms and Mechanisms of exclusion in contemporary housing systems

CaCHE, Jenny Preece and Emma Bimpson, June 2019

This report details the emerging and contemporary mechanisms of exclusion in the UK housing system. It focuses on rental housing, both in the social and private rented sectors. 

How Modern Methods of Construction can deliver ‘more’ through the planning system

ARUP, June 2019

This report outlines the extent of reform that allows widespread adoption of modern methods of construction (MMC) can help to deliver homes.

Shared Ownership

Savills, June 2019

This short report examines whether shared ownership is the natural successor to Help to Buy

Housing policy ideas for the new Prime Minister

Policy Exchange, June 2019

A new policy strategy for the next prime minister, which calls for housing policy to focus on good design, first-time buyers and brownfield development.

Capital cities. How the planning system creates housing shortages and drives wealth inequality

Centre for Cities, Anthony Breach, June 2019

This report explores the relationship between urban economies and housing wealth in England and Wales.

Annual reviews - white & green papers, statistics

Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales: 2013 to 2017

ONS, December 2018

Statisticians across the UK have been working together to help make housing and planning statistics more coherent and comparable. The work is now starting to yield results – including collaboration between statisticians in the devolved administrations and publication of experimental stats on homeless deaths in England and Wales.

State of Brownfield 2019

CPRE, March 2019

CPRE's annual State of Brownfield report shows that there is enough suitable brownfield land available in England for more than 1 million homes across over 18,000 sites and over 26,000 hectares.

UK Housing Review 2019

CIH, April 2019

The 2019 edition of the UK Housing Review, editors Mark Stephens, John Perry, Steve Wilcox, Peter Williams and Gillian Young. This link takes you to the CIH site, where there are downloadable text charts and data.