The 2019 Reports
Our Editorial Panel will assess each new report and those they consider have the greatest chance of influencing policy makers are shown in the Must Read section. The Editorial Panel aims to nominate a dozen Must Read reports each year and those reports that have made way for more highly ranked ones are listed in the Highly Commended section. To help increase awareness of this resource, please cite Thinkhouse in work that uses sources found on this site. Statistics and Government papers are collected at the bottom of the page.
Selected by our editorial panel as being the most important publications.
‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low-income renters
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.
Homes on the right tracks, Greening the Green Belt to solve the housing crisis
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.
Tackling the UK housing crisis, is supply the answer?
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
Rental Housing for an Ageing Population (HAPPI 5)
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)?
Housing Works: Assessing the Impact of Housing Association Employment Support
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.
Additionality of Affordable Housing
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.
Housing insecurity and mental health in Wales: Evidence review
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.
Building for our future: a vision for social housing
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.
This report shows that 3.6 million people have been locked out of the housing market since 2008 that this is not just due to supply constraints, but the fact that higher deposit requirements have made home ownership unaffordable to millions who can afford mortgage repayments but not deposits
Tenant participation in the private rented sector: a review of existing evidence
This report reviews the evidence on tenant participation and activism in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). It looks at UK and international sources of academic and non-academic evidence to explore how tenant activism works and what its impacts are in different contexts.
A Home For All: Understanding Migrant Homelessness in Great Britain
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
Managing to make a difference. Housing management in the ALMO sector
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
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.
Exempt from Responsibility?
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.
Safe as Houses Report: How the system is failing women and children fleeing abuse in London
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.
The Duty to Build Beautiful
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.
Learning from Bridport: the wider benefits of cohousing in the UK
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.
Town Centre Living: A Caring Place
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.
Housing and life experiences: making a home on a low income
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.
Housing the creative sector
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.
Urban being: The future of City Living
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.
State of the Nation 2019: Connecting Infrastructure with Housing
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.
The Peabody Index, Understanding the employment and disability pay gap in London
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.
Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation
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
Creating great places to live, final report.
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.
Capital Homes: Finance and Delivery
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.
Capital Homes: Tenure and affordability
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.
Capital Homes: Land and Planning
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.
Housing wealth inequality in Scotland summary report
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
Housing wealth inequalities in Scotland
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.
Understanding the approaches to tenant participation in social house: evidence review
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.
Capital Homes: Trust, design and community engagement.
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.
Housing and System Thinking
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.
Capital grant required to meet social housing need in England 2021 – 2031
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.
Defining and measuring housing affordability – an alternative approach
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.
Stakeholder Engagement on the Private Rented Sector and Changing Housing Aspirations
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
Investigation into the government’s land disposal strategy and programmes
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.
Impact of Universal Credit – Revisited
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.
Adapting European Cities to Population Ageing: Policy Challenges and Best Practices
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.
The unspoken decline of outer London: Why is poverty and inequality increasing in outer London and what needs to change?
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
Shaping Futures: Changing the Housing Story, Summary Report
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.
How does the land supply system affect the business of UK speculative housing building?
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.
The Peabody Index, tracking the experiences of low-income Londoners
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.
Exploring Shared Ownership Markets outside London and the South East
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.
Making a sustainable community: life in Derwenthorpe, York, 2012–2018
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
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.
Engaging and empowering tenants in council-owned housing
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.
What's Not Working? Barriers to employment and the impact of rent and housing benefit.
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.
Better Homes for Older Adults: Improving Construction, Health, Care, Design, Technology & Finance
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.
Why Aren’t Housing Associations Building More Social Rented Homes?
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.
Learning from International examples of affordable housing
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.
Annual Reviews, White & Green Papers & Statistics