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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.

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

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. 

Rethinking allocations

CIH, September 2019

This report says that councils and housing associations are excluding vulnerable people through their approach to new tenancies.

Understanding Local Housing Markets

LGA, July 2019

This report was commissioned by the Local Government Association to provide local authorities with advice and guidance on how to best understand the various complexities within their local housing markets in order to inform their decision making.

Rental Housing for an Ageing Population (HAPPI 5)

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People , Lord Best, Anya Martin, July 2019

Homeowners have the advantage of some equity in their property – a lot in some areas, not much in other places – and this can be used to pay for a “rightsizing” move or for making their current home more comfortable. But what about those older people who are tenants, renting in either the social or private rented sector (PRS)?

Tackling the UK housing crisis, is supply the answer?

CaCHE, Tony Blair Institute, Ian Mulheirn, August 2019

This report makes the case that supply growth has been sufficient to restrain upward pressure on house prices. However, much more powerful countervailing forces have driven house prices to record multiples of income. This implies that the current policy focus on boosting supply does not offer a solution to the housing crisis and a fundamental rethink is badly needed. The paper has been published alongside peer-review commentary pieces: Professor Geoff Meen, University of Reading Professor Glen Bramley, Heriot-Watt University

Homes on the right tracks, Greening the Green Belt to solve the housing crisis

Centre for Cities, Paul Cheshire and Boyana Buyuklieva, September 2019

This report sets out detailed plans to release green belt around more than one thousand existing commuter rail stations and build more than two million new homes with fast connections into many of Britain’s largest cities.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

The 2022-2032 Affordable
Housing Funding
Requirement for London

Greater London Authority, G15, June 2019

A technical report to establish the amount of affordable housing funding that affordable housing providers (both housing associations and councils) need to meet the targets included in the draft new London Plan

Capital grant required to meet social housing need in England 2021 – 2031

NHF, June 2019

Research from the National Housing Federation that states that the Government must invest £12.8bn a year to start a nationwide housebuilding programme of around 1.45 million social homes to rent and shared ownership properties to buy across the country.

Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers

JRF, Tom Archer, Rich Crisp, Ed Ferrari, Stephen Green, Lindsey McCarthy, Tom Moore, David Mullins, Ben Pattison, and Halima Sacranie, June 2019

This report identifies a range of different organisations, described as social lettings agencies (SLAs), that are seeking to improve the options available to low-income or vulnerable households in the private rented sector (PRS). 

Game of Homes: The rise of multiple property ownership in Great Britain

Resolution Foundation, George Bangham, June 2019

This report looks at who owns multiple properties, the reasons for holding them, and the implications for the living standards of different generations and income groups.

LGiU Homelessness Commission 2019: Final Report

LGiU Local Government Homelessness Commission, Andrew Walker and Alice Buszard, June 2019

This report is the first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention from the perspective of local government, those who are tasked with actually implementing the policy and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Grounds for Change

Shelter, June 2019

Essay collection presenting visions for a world with lower land values from leading housing thinkers.

Shining a Spotlight on the Hidden Housing Market

Housing LIN and Shakespeare Martineau, June 2019

It’s a little over 10 years since the Government’s Housing for Older People strategy Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods was published. This report concludes that there is no national direction and an urgent need to provide a fresh approach

Housing Britain: A Call To Action

The Prince's Foundation, July 2019

A housing design manifesto and blueprint for planners, builders, landowners and government; "beauty in my backyard".

Planning and the broken housing market

House of Commons, Committee of Public Accounts, July 2019

A review of the government's performance against its target to deliver 300,000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s

Building Beautiful Places

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, July 2019

Recommends that the government define national criteria for “beautiful places”, so that design has a more prominent role in planning.

Empty housing (England)

House of Commons Library, Wendy Wilson, Hannah Cromarty, Cassie Barton, July 2019

This briefing outlines local authorities’ powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.

Policy Briefing: Homelessness Prevention in the UK

CaCHE, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Pete Mackie and Jenny Wood, July 2019

A short summary/introduction about the policy choice available to prevent homelessness

Housing and System Thinking

CaCHE, Ken Gibb and Alex Marsh, July 2019

This working paper which focuses on systems thinking, system archetypes, mental models and complexity as key components to understanding how systems work. These ideas are then applied to housing, both in terms of existing housing research using systems thinking, but also applying some of the classic systems ideas to housing anew.

Modern methods of construction

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, July 2019

This HCLGC report warns about an over-reliance on traditional building methods and the impact this will have on housing growth numbers.

Decent and accessible homes for older people

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Older People, July 2019

This report was published after an in-depth inquiry to understand the detrimental impact of poor housing on older people's physical, mental and social wellbeing

Creating space for beauty

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, July 2019

This interim report recommends that new ‘mixed use’ communities be built on brownfield sites and that they should be supported by new public transport to reduce reliance on cars.

Capital Homes: Land and planning

Centre for London, Richard Brown, Sara Gariban, July 2019

The first in a series of papers to inform a fresh start for housing delivery in London. They capture the discussions from four high-level roundtables which brought together academics, policymakers, planners and civil society organisations to identify areas of consensus and develop bold proposals for the next mayoral term.

Patching the Safety Net, measuring the impact of Universal Credit

NFA, ARCH, July 2019

A survey into the impact of Universal Credit (UC) on tenants and landlords. 

A home for the ages: Planning for the future through age-friendly design

Royal Institute of British Architects & Centre for Towns, Daniel Stern, Ian Warren and Andrew Forth, July 2019

This report emphasises the importance of well-designed, purpose built new homes that enable people to play a more active role in their communities as they age.

Understanding the approaches to tenant participation in social house: evidence review

CaCHE, Jenny Preece, July 2019

This evidence review explores research into tenant participation in social housing (local authorities and housing associations). It discusses conceptual issues, approaches to tenant participation and how these have changed over time, and perceptions of the purpose, drivers, barriers, and benefits of tenant participation for different groups.

Great Expectation, exploring social housing customers' expectations of great service

ACIS, July 2019

Social housing providers need to learn from organisations like Amazon and Royal Mail if they are to meet the expectations of their customers, according to this report.

The Better Homes, Better Wales, Better World

Decarbonisation of Homes in Wales Advisory Group, July 2019

This report sets out action plans to cut carbon emissions from homes and testing out new solutions for decarbonisation

Housing for a fairer society: The role of councils in ensuring stronger societies

APSE, TCPA, July 2019

This report show that local authorities across the UK are reporting ‘severe’ shortages of affordable housing for the fourth consecutive year, with only 2% claiming their need is ‘not substantial'

Sale of public land

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, July 2019

Scrutiny report into the government's land disposal targets

Housing wealth inequalities in Scotland

CaCHE, Adriana Mihaela Soaita, Ken Gibb and Duncan Maclennan, July 2019

This report is an international evidence review designed to inform empirical knowledge and policy thinking regarding housing wealth inequality in Scotland. It complements the new empirical work of the Resolution Foundation, also for the Poverty and Inequality Commission.

Housing wealth inequality in Scotland summary report

Poverty and Inequality Commission, Ken Gibb and Lindsay Judge, July 2019

This summary report captures the main findings from two connected pieces of research an international evidence review conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow representing the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and Policy Scotland and empirical analysis of the most recent data, produced by the Resolution Foundation

The private rented sector in the UK

CaCHE, Alex Marsh, Ken Gibb, July 2019

This report explores the changing policy and regulatory landscape of the private rented sector in the UK. This is the first output from our collaboration with TDS Charitable Foundation and the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust

Identifying the health care system benefits of housing with care

Housing LIN, Southampton City Council, August 2019

This report provides an evidence base which shows conclusive links between health and housing. 

Alternative Housing Tenures

SPICe, CaCHE, Gareth James, Kate Berry and Alex Marks, August 2019

The briefing considers alternatives to the established tenures of Owner Occupation, Private Rent and Social Rent in Scotland.

Housing that works – Can employers help solve the housing crisis?

CSJ, Housing Commission, August 2019

This reports examines the historical roots of employer housing support. It explores the housing pressures affecting our workforce today. 

State of the PRS (Q1 2019). A survey of private landlords and the impact of welfare reforms

RLS, Tom Simcock, Axel Kaehne, August 2019

This reports looks at the impact of universal credit on the private rented sector

Capital Homes: Land and Planning

Centre for London, Richard Brown, Sara Gariban, August 2019

The second in a series of papers to inform a fresh start for housing delivery in London. They capture the discussions from four high-level roundtables which brought together academics, policymakers, planners and civil society organisations to identify areas of consensus and develop bold proposals for the next mayoral term

Capital Homes: Tenure and affordability

Centre for London, Richard Brown, Sara Gariban, August 2019

The third in a series of papers to inform a fresh start for housing delivery in London. They capture the discussions from four high-level roundtables which brought together academics, policymakers, planners and civil society organisations to identify areas of consensus and develop bold proposals for the next mayoral term.

Bleak Houses

The Children's Commissioner, August 2019

This report examines the homelessness crisis and shares the experiences of children.

Estate Regeneration and Social Value

LSE Housing and Communities, Bert Provan, Anne Power, August 2019

Written for the Home Group this research links to their recently developed “Customer Promise” to explore how they could apply the approach to their regeneration programme.

Beyond Generation Rent: Understanding the aspirations of private renters aged 35-54

CaCHE, Kim McKee, Adriana Mihaela Soaita, Moira Munro, August 2019

This report specifically looks at renters aged 35-54 and their experiences of private renting.

From the Frontline: the ongoing impact of welfare reform

Shelter, Stephanie Kleynhans, Thomas Weekes, August 2019

From the Frontline directly links the issues highlighted in the June NHF Briefing  and Bleak Houses to the impact of welfare reform, particularly the role of UC and the freeze to LHA. 

Capital Homes: Finance and Delivery

Centre for London, August 2019

The fourth and final report in a series of papers to inform a fresh start for housing delivery in London. They capture the discussions from four high-level roundtables which brought together academics, policymakers, planners and civil society organisations to identify areas of consensus and develop bold proposals for the next mayoral term.

Creating great places to live, final report

Great Places Commission, NHF, September 2019

With support from the National Housing Federation, the Commission visited towns and cities across the North and Midlands, meeting housing associations, stakeholders and local residents. Using the learning from this process, the Commission has made 10 recommendations.

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation

LSE for Camden Council, Kath Scablon, Fanny Blanc, September 2019

The research findings will inform future approaches to managing homelessness demand, how services can help homeless people to find more stable accommodation and also how Camden can improve support given to those in temporary accommodation

People Powered Planning

Demos, Ben Glover, September 2019

Britain is failing to build enough homes. This paper considers one solution: better involving people in the planning system to get more homes built.

Scottish Housing Day

ALACHO, CIH, SAL, SFHA, TPAS, Wheatley Group, September 2019

This report argues that legislating for human rights in domestic legislation could provide citizens with a means to challenge councils, landlords and the government if they violate a minimum set of rights.

The Peabody Index, Understanding the employment and disability pay gap in London

Peabody, September 2019

As one of the world’s most vibrant cities, London leads progress in many areas. However, its dynamism can make it a challenging place for low-income Londoners to meet the demands of a changing labour market and rising costs of living. In order to better understand these issues and make our tenants’ voices heard, Peabody began publishing the Peabody Index twice a year in partnership with the Social Market Foundation.

State of the Nation 2019: Connecting Infrastructure with Housing

Institute of Civil Engineers, David Hawkes, September 2019

This report examines the policy and legislative changes required to further upgrade and develop our infrastructure networks in order to meet the growth in demand brought about by the expansion of the economy, population growth, developments in technology and the government’s housebuilding programme.

Urban being: The future of City Living

CMS, September 2019

This report considers housing and demographic pressures in six key cities: London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Manchester and Glasgow. Through a major census of almost 6,500 people (more than 1,000 respondents per city), it uncovers the preferences of consumers when it comes to their living environment.

Healthier and Happier - An analysis of the fiscal and wellbeing benefits of building more homes for later living

Homes for Later Living, Chris Walker, September 2019

This report explores the wellbeing benefits of living in properties for later living and the significant fiscal savings they can deliver to the NHS and social care system.

A citizen-led approach to health and care. Lessons from the Wigan Deal

The Kings Fund, September 2019

Whilst not housing focused this is essential reading on public service transformation.

Housing the creative sector

CaCHE, Julie Miao, September 2019

This report examines potential innovations in the housing sector. Paintworks in Bristol and Baltic Triangle in Liverpool were chosen as case studies. Both cases used to be obsolete industrial sites and now have undergone a relatively successful regeneration process by attracting the high-tech and/or the creative sectors.

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

JRF, Karen Croucher, Deborah Quilgars, Alison Dyke, September 2019

This report provides a detailed analysis of the interaction between poverty and housing across the lifecourse. It was designed as a qualitative longitudinal panel study and involved 72 participants all living in households where the total household income was less than the Minimum Income Standard, in six different areas across the UK.

Town Centre Living: A Caring Place

Housing LIN, Architecture & Design Scotland, Ian Copeman, Lois Beech, Sophie Fox, Reuben Hastings, Jeremy Porteus, September 2019

This reports intention is to identify examples of intergenerational living and housing that are consistent with the principles of A Caring Place but also to identify the elements of these case studies that can be applicable to achieving these principles in practice

How many people need a social rented home?

NHF, September 2019

This report shows that 8.4 million people – that’s one in every seven people – are directly affected by the housing crisis.

Act Local: Empowering London’s Neighbourhoods

Centre for London, Joe Wills, September 2019

This publication explores the history of neighbourhood governance in London and the legacy of recent attempts by the New Labour and Coalition governments to strengthen neighbourhood engagement

Safe as Houses 3: Have government reforms to Universal Credit reduced the rent arrears of Southwark’s tenants?

The Smith Institute for Southwark Council, October 2019

The aim of the report is to better understand the impact that Universal Credit (UC) has had on the rent payment behaviour of the borough’s own social housing or “council” tenants.

A new deal for renters? The unintended consequences of abolishing Section 21

National Landlord Association and Capital Economics, October 2019

The report forecasts a 59 percent reduction in housing available to tenants on housing benefit or Universal Credit, and a potential increase in rents for 13 percent of properties.

The Impact of Universal Credit. Examining the risk of debt and hardship among social housing residents

Peabody, October 2019

This research and statistical analysis tests if there is an effective benefits system that helps people into work and protects people from poverty.

The Duty to Build Beautiful

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, October 2019

As the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission enters its second phase – a final report is due by the end of the 2019 – PX published this essay collection to provide new and practical ideas for building more beautiful homes and places. The collection brings together thinkers from law, finance, energy and environment, architecture, property, planning and housing.

Making home

The RSA and One Manchester, Hannah Webster, October 2019

Young people’s housing needs are not being met by the current system according to this report which looks at Manchester.

House building: a century of innovation

NHBC, October 2019

NHBC Foundation’s latest report ‘House building: a century of innovation’ looks at technology, materials and construction methods used in building the modern home, charting the progress made over the last century.

On the home front

bright blue, Anvar Sarygulov and Sam Robinson, October 2019

This magazine style document consider how to address the wide range of challenges facing our housing, streets and towns. 

Learning from Bridport: the wider benefits of cohousing in the UK

LSE London, Kath Scanlon with Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University), Jim Hudson (UCL), and Swaiba Saeed (LSE), October 2019

This report explores how Bridport can be expected to benefit its wider neighbourhood and community. Linking this case study to the broader literature, the authors hope the lessons will be relevant to prospective developments elsewhere in the UK and in other geographies experimenting with this model of housing.

Space to Breathe, A State of the Green Belt Report

CPRE, October 2019

CPRE, the countryside charity has published regular reports detailing development proposals on the Green Belt since 2012. 

Safe as Houses Report: How the system is failing women and children fleeing abuse in London

Solace, October 2019

Research into current homelessness practice across London, including the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) one year after its implementation. Surveys both survivors fleeing violence and frontline workers on their experiences of London’s housing and homelessness systems.

Good health brought home

CaCHE and CIH, October 2019

This report focusses on what makes a good partnership between health, housing and social care. 

Research into the impact of short-term lets on communities across Scotland

Scottish Government, October 2019

Research to assess the impact, positive and negative, of short-term lets in Scotland (ie Airbnb), with a focus on communities, particularly on neighbourhoods and housing.

Rent control and the Private Rented Sector: An Analysis

RLA Pearl, Nick Clay and Dr David Smith, October 2019

This report documents the experience of cities which have been recently subject to some of rent control.

A Positive Vision for London's Green Belt

All-Party Parliamentary Group for London’s Green Belt, November 2019

This report supports the setting up of an Advisory Council to conduct a comprehensive review of London’s Green Belt and create a 25 year strategy for its future 

How the timber industries can help solve the housing crisis

All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries, November 2019

 This report sets a new trajectory of thought within government by outlining the economic, social and environmental benefits of timber. 

Exempt from Responsibility? 

Spring Housing Association and Commonweal Housing, November 2019

The report finds this accommodation has been left largely unmonitored and effectively ‘unregulated’ by Government. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) requires providers to meet only a loose requirement to provide ‘care, support, or supervision’ to its clients, and much of this accommodation is outside local authority licencing controls.

Managing to make a difference. Housing management in the ALMO sector

NFA, November 2019

The publication draws on the frontline housing management experiences of the National Federation of ALMO's 31 members, and shares both the challenges and innovations within the sector. The research is based on a full survey of members, followed up with in-depth case studies at 5 ALMOs

Inequality Street, Housing and the 2019 general election

Resolution Foundation, November 2019

This note identifies three reasons why housing has risen up the public and political priority list in recent decades. First, low home ownership, particularly among young adults, has produced significant discontent among younger generations. Second, higher levels of housing costs have pushed down on household living standards. Third, and more recently, while cuts to housing benefit have hit those renting on lower incomes, low interest rates have benefitted higher-income mortgagors, increasing overall inequality in the process. 

Revitalising Key Worker Housing

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey and Sir Robin Wales, November 2019

In this short report PX argue the Key Worker Housing initiative should be revitalised as part of reforms to Affordable Housing policy.

Rethinking intergenerational housing

Matter Architecture, November 2019

The aim of this report is to explore how a modern form of independent living could capture these benefits without the associated limitations.  

Child Friendly Planning Policy in the UK: A review

RTPI, Jenny Wood Dinah Bornat and Aude Bicquelet-Lock, November 2019

This report's aim is to assess the extent to which planning policies across UK nations can be considered 'child-friendly' with relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Valuing more than money: Social value and the housing sector

IPPR, Tom Hill and Luke Murphy, November 2019

This report finds that a number of challenges must be overcome if social value is to achieve a more transformational role in driving better business decisions in the housing sector.

Assessing the potential benefits of living in co-operative and/or community led housing (CCLH)

Wales Co-operative Centre, Nationwide Foundation, November 2019

This research finds that residents experience improved mental well-being and happiness as well as skills development from living in co-operative and community led housing (CCLH) schemes.

Small Scale Home Builders: Increasing Supply’

Homes for Scotland, November 2019

This report was published following a year-long special project and highlights how smaller building firms were impacted by the financial crisis and have been slower to recover than larger players in the industry.  

‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low-income renters

Housing Studies Association, Kim McKee Adriana Mihaela Soaita & Jennifer Hoolachan, November 2019

This study illustrates the emotional toll of private renting upon low-income groups in a national context where state regulation is more limited. It adds nuance to the literature surrounding socio-economic differentiation within the UK private-rented sector and is also relevant to an international audience given global concerns about housing precarity and the politics of housing.

A Home For All: Understanding Migrant Homelessness in Great Britain

Crisis, Sophie Boobis Ruth Jacob and Ben Sanders, December 2019

This report presents the findings of Crisis scoping research that sought to understand what is currently known about migrant homelessness and identify any gaps in evidence. The research looked at the scale of homelessness among non-UK nationals, the different experiences of homelessness that migrants face across Britain and how services are responding to this

Is co-living a housing solution for vulnerable older people? 

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Valentine Quinio & Dr Gemma Burgess, December 2019

This research report reveals a range of benefits for older people choosing to live with others, as well as identifying barriers to be overcome if co-living is to grow at scale throughout the UK.

Generation Homeless: the Numbers Behind the Story

Shelter, December 2019

This report shows the detailed numbers behind Shelter’s Christmas media story about children who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation. It shows national and regional level tables, as well as full local results. 

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.

The Savills Housing Sector Survey 2019

Savills, Social Housing, June 2019

Annual survey of the social housing sector.

Knight Frank’s Senior Living Annual Performance Review - 2019

Knight Frank, October 2019

This statistical update includes data on the demographics that underpin the private senion living market