Thinkhouse is a free online library of research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote and encourage a new generation of researchers the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition. Users can contact us to subscribe to the weekly email update and for speech writes we have a bite size facts page.
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Building London's future: The next generation of council homes
Working alongside a range of London boroughs, with support from London Councils, City Hall has released new research to help councils ramp up the supply of new homes in the capital. The research identifies three key challenges faced by councils wishing to build more homes and suggests what can be done to overcome them.
A Health Impact Analysis of the Affordable Warmth Programme: 2014-2018
This report analyses Northern Ireland’s Affordable Warmth Programme (AWP) from 2014 to 2018. A methodology is presented that uses the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme (HHSRS) to estimate improvements in physical health from a range of energy efficiency measures. Furthermore, the benefits to mental health are considered alongside reduced unemployment and the impact on economic output. The monetary value in improved wellbeing and reduced use of NHS services from AWP is also presented.
At a crossroads: The future of transitional supported housing
Transitional supported housing (TSH) is a crucial service to many of society’s most vulnerable people, supporting and housing 189,500 people. TSH helps them towards greater independence and happier and more stable lives, while simultaneously saving billions for the NHS and the wider public purse. Yet, despite its importance, TSH is largely overlooked in the national debate on housing.
Home comforts during the Covid-19 lockdown
This analysis concludes that access to private open space in the form of a garden or terrace was the most critical factor in terms of people’s comfort in their homes, while proximity to a park or green space was the most important factor in terms of satisfaction with our neighbourhoods closely followed by access to local shops.
Transforming Scotland’s Approach to Vacant and Derelict Land
Scotland has almost 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict urban land. This legacy of our industrial past means that almost a third of the Scottish population lives within 500 metres of a derelict site. These sites blight communities, harm wellbeing, and limit opportunities .