The 2021 Reports
Our Editorial Panel will assess each new report and those that 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. All other reports and those not yet assessed are included in the Further Reports 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.
The Homelessness Monitor: England 2021
This is a longitudinal study providing independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. This ninth annual report updates our account of how homelessness stands in England in 2020, or as close to 2020 as data availability allows. It also highlights emerging trends and forecasts some of the likely future changes, identifying the developments likely to have the most significant impacts on homelessness.
Housing for people with dementia – are we ready?
There is an urgent need to ensure that housing is ‘dementia-ready’ from the outset. There are excellent examples of housing organisations that have developed dementia-friendly strategies or signed up to become ‘dementia friends’ , across the whole sector progress has been slow. This report sets out the key issues and recommendations.
What we want: Future-proofing retirement housing in England
This report highlights that the retirement community sector will need substantial growth over the next 20 years just to keep up with age-related growth; with respect to those aged 65+ in England, this means a boost of 37.3% by 2040. Progress should also be urgently made, with an 8.8% increase by 2025 to keep up with trends.
Preventing Homelessness in Scotland
The independent Prevention Review Group (PRG) was set up at the request of Scottish Government to take forward work on preventing homelessness identified by the independent Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group and the subsequent Scottish Government / COSLA Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan published in 2018. The Group’s task was to identify legal duties on local authorities and other public bodies to prevent homelessness.
The covid-19 crisis response to homelessness in Great Britain
This is an interim report into a comparative examination of responses to homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis across England, Scotland and Wales. This report focuses on the period from the start of the initial lockdown in the UK (March 2020), until the end of the year (December 2020), with a particular focus on policy and practice responses during the initial lockdown period
Helping Generation Rent become Generation Buy
This paper’s contribution to the housing policy debate is to outline the policies that are needed on the demand side. Too often, on the demand side, the Government’s policy interventions have resulted in higher house prices, exacerbating the challenge facing buyers. Now, there needs to be a shift away from direct interventions such as help to buy or temporary freezes in stamp duty
Shared Ownership Market Review 2020
The research found most people buying shared ownership homes are in the 20-40 age bracket and single-adult households make up 50% of buyers. In 2018/19 the average market value of shared ownership properties was £265,000, with the average initial stake purchased being 42% and a deposit of £24,000. Demand for shared ownership properties exceeds supply in some instances by as much as 10 to 1.
Older and Wiser - a practical guide to commissioning, developing and operating age friendly homes
This guide looks to address society’s failure to provide suitable homes for the ageing population by setting out a range of practical suggestions with 16 case studies demonstrating diverse solutions and inspired thinking.
Who lives in Build to Rent?
This report suggests that the Build-to-Rent schemes in the capital are attracting a variety of tenants through a combination of high-quality homes, predictable rents, and world-class communal spaces and services, with the sector becoming an increasingly important part of London’s housing market.
Almshouses: a model of community housing for an ageing population
This research takes a future-focused approach to almshouses, looking at recent developments to inform housing provision in the 21st century. It explores their distinct and valuable contribution to housing older people and to inform built environment and housing professionals, including architects and surveyors, funders, local authority housing and planning officers, prospective partner organisations, Homes England and the UK government.