The 2018 Reports
This page holds reports placed on the site 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 '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.
Housing supply requirements across Great Britain for low-income households and homeless people
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.
The Raynsford Review of Planning
The final report from 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
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.
The Homelessness Monitor: England 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.
Picked by our editorial panel as important publications.
Homelessness in Great Britain - The numbers behind the story
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.
Funding new social and affordable housing.
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.
Promoting design value in public rented housing, an English perspective
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
Using incentives to improve the private rented sector: three costed solutions
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.
House of the rising son (or daughter)
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.
Building for Baby Boomers
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.
The case for reforming private renting: Interim report
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.
More homes in less space: living in high-density housing in London
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?
Design Value at the neighbourhood scale
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.
Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector
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.
Private Renting Reforms: How to evidence the impact of legislation
This 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.
Social Housing in Scotland
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.
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. Two potential explanations are presented. Firstly, that the “tenure effect” of social housing has changed as the tenure rose and fell during the 20th century, before improving following the Decent Homes Programme and national and local efforts to improve life on social housing estates. Secondly, that the results are influenced by selection bias, as increasingly limited social housing supply resulted first in the residualisation of the tenure to the most disadvantaged, before the rapidly growing private rented sector began to represent a greater proportion of this group, narrowing the gap. The judges were unanimous in selecting this paper as the winner of the Early Career Researcher’s Prize. They felt the topic was of real interest and praised the use of this dataset. They liked the clear writing style and structure. The analysis in the paper could have some significant policy implications and they recommended further work on this.
Social Housing in Northern Ireland: Challenges and policy options
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.
Investigating the effect on welfare reform on private renting
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.
Social Housing in Wales
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.
Social Housing Governance
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.
Developing income-linked rents
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.
Settlement Patterns, urban form & sustainability
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.
Delivering affordable homes in a changing world
The fourth annual housing research collaboration between the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). This study follows on from ‘Housing the Nation’ published in 2015, ‘Homes for all’ published in 2016, and ‘Building homes, creating communities’ published in 2017. Taken together the four reports track the scale and pace of change to housing and planning policy, and the implications of these changes for local authorities across the UK.
HAPPI4 - Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence
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
Using Housing First in Integrated Homelessness Strategies
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.
An international review of the changing institutions of private rental housing.
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 America.
A Sustainable Increase in London’s Housing Supply?
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.
Annual Reviews, White & Green Papers & Statistics