The 2017 Reports
This page holds reports placed on the site in 2017. 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. 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 Articles drop down menu. The statistics button links to annual statistical and Government publications at the bottom of the page. The home page also holds a selection of the most recently published reports and you can use the search function to find specific areas of interest. The date of the report is the site date which usually coincides with the publication date, but not always.
Selected by our editorial panel as being the most important publications.
London quality of life indicators report 2017
The report is the fifth in a series of Quality of Life Indicators reports, and the first by the new-look LSDC. As well as enumerating the many ways in which London is making progress, the report also highlights the environmental, social and economic challenges that our city continues to face – both within housing policy, and beyond. We know that the challenges and opportunities involved in making a truly sustainable world city require a collective response. We also believe that the nature of that response needs to be guided by the best available evidence. We therefore hope that you will find the data presented in the report useful in guiding your own contributions to this response, and we would be very interested to hear from you about your experience in doing so. Indeed, your feedback will help inform future iterations of the Quality of Life Indicators – which we intend to update on a regular basis – in ways that are most useful for all users. We hope in future to be better able to quantify what is emerging at the borough level and in doing so enable further comparisons of the progress that is being made towards sustainable development in finer detail across the capital. This report is just the beginning of the conversation that the refreshed LSDC looks forward to having with you and others about making London an exemplar of big city sustainability. We would welcome any of your reflections and feedback on its contents and how future iterations could build upon this version. We would, for instance, be interested in exploring the incorporation of circular economy indicators into future versions. We look forward to talking more with you soon.
Ending Rough Sleeping: What Works? An international evidence review
Current approaches to address rough sleeping are not as effective as they might (and need) to be. The development of an improved approach to ending homelessness must of course incorporate the views of rough sleepers and those who work with them, and take into account homelessness prevention, but the learning from this evidence review can play a key role in shaping a new approach. It suggests five key principles should underpin this approach: 1. Recognise heterogeneity – of individual rough sleepers’ housing and support needs and their different entitlements to publicly funded support. Local housing markets and rough sleeper population profiles will also vary across the UK. 2. Take swift action – to prevent or quickly end street homelessness, thereby reducing the number of rough sleepers who develop complex needs and potentially become entrenched. 3. Employ assertive outreach leading to a suitable accommodation offer – by actively identifying and reaching out to rough sleepers and offering suitable accommodation. 4. Be housing-led – offering swift access to settled housing 5. Offer person-centred support and choice – via a client-centred approach based on cross-sector collaboration and commissioning.
Engaging London's Private Rented Sector
This report outlines four main areas that would foster the more collaborative and equitable PRS London needs: 1. Increasing the supply of affordable PRS homes 2. Professionalising landlords 3. Making the PRS work for tenants 4. Improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty It combines policy analysis with best practice case studies to demonstrate the wealth of activity that is improving the PRS, and makes recommendations for further improvements. Each area has its own set of recommendations for different stakeholders. The report concludes with three overarching recommendations for public and private sectors: 1. Collaborate with tenants and landlords 2. Engage with and support Build to Rent 3. Create and share information and data
How local authorities can foster investment by corporate landlords in new private rental housing
A hugely useful report into the housing landscape and the current national and local government housing strategies and interaction with various public bodies. It also covers trends in housing and provides an array of relevant statistics.
The Role of the Land Pipeline in the UK Housebuilding Process
The topic of ‘land banking’ has become increasingly politicised as the housing crisis has worsened. Housebuilders stand accused of not building on the land for which they have planning permission and of not building it out as quickly as they could. This report explores the issue with the benefit of new 2017 Barbour ABI data.
Another Way: How shared ownership can improve the UK housing market
This report recommends that housing associations work more closely to boost the public’s understanding of shared ownership, that the application process should be improved and that a Help to Buy-style Government publicity drive should raise awareness and demand.