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This page holds reports received in 2020.  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.   Reports in the main section that have been assessed by the Ed Panel are marked with a tick below the summary.  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 Blogs drop down menu. At the bottom of this page annual statistical and Government publications are shown. The home page also holds a selection of the most recently published reports and you can use the category drop down menu or search function to find specific areas of interest.  

2020 - main section

It was like a nightmare – the reality of sofa surfing in Britain today

Crisis, Ben Sanders and Sophie Boobis and Francesca Albanese, January 2020

Based on face-to-face interviews with 114 people with current or recent experience of sofa surfing across 12 locations, the report shines a light on the most common form of homelessness

What is affordable housing?

House of Commons Library. Wendy Wilson and Cassie Barton, January 2020

This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. 

Why Flats Fall Down

Built Environment for Scotland, Douglas Robertson, January 2020

This study highlights, drawing on data published by the Scottish House Condition Survey, that half of all Scottish housing is in ‘critical disrepair’ and almost half of this demands ‘urgent attention’

Local authority new build programmes and lifting the HRA borrowing caps What is the potential and what are the constraints? 

CIH National Federation of ALMOs ARCH, January 2020

A survey of 22 local authorities ranging from five London boroughs to large cities in the Midlands and North and several medium and small authorities. The replies throw considerable light both on local authorities’ new-build plans and on the opportunities and constraints they still face.

Assessing the impact of Housing First in Brighton and Westminster

SHUSU and St Mungo's, Katy Jones and Andrea Gibbons and Philip Brown, January 2020

Research that explores the impact of our Housing First services in Brighton and Hove, and Westminster. It strengthens the case that Housing First is an effective solution to rough sleeping, but works best if the wider environment is right.

Foundations for Community-Led Housing

Future for London, January 2020

Report on the potential for and practicalities of community-led projects to deliver more affordable homes and help rebuild trust and the community’s active role in development.

50 out-of-the-box Housing Solutions to Homelessness & Housing Exclusion

Housing Solutions Platform, January 2020

A compendium of some of the most innovative and daring examples of housing solutions which showcases 50 concrete examples of innovative solutions from across Europe to providing affordable housing. 

Capturing increases in land value

CaCHE, Tony Crook, January 2020

This paper looks at the arguments for capturing increases in land values especially increases following planning permission, reviews the evidence of the outcome of policies and considers what more might be done including in the light of experience overseas and the differing experiences within the nations of the UK.

Unlocking brownfield land

Edaroth / Atkins, January 2020

Whilst written to promote Atkin's social housing business this paper does contain some interesting brownfield data and some interesting analysis.

Planning 2020 ‘One Year On’ 21st Century Slums?

TCPA, Nick Rainsford, January 2020

One year ago the final report of the Raynsford Review of Planning was published. This update report takes stock of how English planning has evolved since, and stresses the need for practical action and reform to fundamentally change the planning system. 

UK house prices and three decades of decline in the risk‑free real interest rate

Bank of England, David Miles and Victoria Monro, January 2020

Real house prices in the UK have almost quadrupled over the past 40 years, substantially outpacing real income growth. Meanwhile, rental yields have been trending downwards — particularly since the mid‑90s. This paper reconciles these observations by analysing the contributions of the drivers of house prices. 

A housing design audit for England

CPRE with UCL and Place Alliance, Matthew Carmona Amer Alwarea Valentina Giordano Anastassia Gusseinova Fola Olaleye, January 2020

The report, an audit of over 140 housing developments built across England since 2007, found that one in five of these developments should have been refused planning permission outright as their poor design was contrary to advice given in the National Planning Policy Framework. A further 54% should not have been granted permission without significant improvements to their design having been made first.

Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey and Chris Doughty, January 2020

To remain a competitive economy and to address the country’s housing shortage, the planning system is in urgent need of wholesale reform. This report puts forwards a blueprint for doing that.

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, January 202

The report recommends greater use of offsite construction, where structures are built at a different location, such as a factory, then transported to the site of use. This helps to reduce cost, speed up delivery, improve quality and environmental impact and reduce health and safety risks.

Living with beauty; promoting health, well-being and sustainable growth

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, January 2020

In its final report, ‘Living with beauty’, the Commission has set out its recommendations to government.

The impact of short-term lets

Capital Economics, Andy Evans and Roxanne Osuna, January 2020

This report from ARLA Propertymark, in partnership with leading research consultancy Capital Economics, looks at the scale of the UK’s short-term lets sector and the wider implications on the private rented sector.

Working hard(ship). An exploration of poverty, work and tenure

Resolution Foundation, Lindsay Judge & Hannah Slaughter, February 2020

This report explores the link between poverty, work and housing, and adds to our knowledge of the topic in two distinctive ways. First, we look at in-work poverty not just as a static but also a dynamic condition. Second, we explore the intersection between housing tenure and in-work poverty.

Evidencing the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness

LGA, Zoe Charlesworth & Dr Benjamin Fell & Fabiana Macor, February 2020

This report highlights that the LHA rate now available for 9 out of 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent. This means that in many parts of the country there are no properties available to those entitled to full support with their housing costs.

Forms And Mechanisms Of Exclusion In Contemporary Housing Systems: A Scoping Study

CaCHE, Jenny Preece, Emma Bimpson, David Robinson, Kim McKee and John Flint, February 2020

This report explores the central research question: what do stakeholders and housing providers identify as the key mechanisms of exclusion in contemporary English rental housing systems?

Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway urban regeneration project

Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group, Camilla Lewis, Mark Hammond, Niamh Kavanagh, Chris Phillipson, Sophie Yarker, February 2020

This report argues that the Northern Gateway should offer mixed, affordable and age-appropriate housing and amenities. An equitable development plan should be developed, through community-led engagement, to ensure that the benefits of regeneration are shared among new and existing residents.

Homeless Mothers: Key Research Findings

CaCHE, Emma Bimpson, Kesia Reeve and Sadie Parr, February 2020

This reports explores and makes visible the experiences of homeless mothers and their interaction with housing and other social services.

The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2020

Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramely, G., Wood, J., Stephens, M., Frey, J. & McMordie, L, February 2020

The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2020 is the third annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Northern Ireland.

Better housing for the 21st century

The Academy of Urbanism, February 2020

This report draws on places that have been shortlisted for Academy of Urbanism Awards both in the UK and other parts of Europe to draw some lessons for policymakers. A combination of new ideas and the reintroduction of some forgotten approaches can, the authors suggest, solve the UK housing crisis and create better neighbourhoods.

Women, Homelessness and Health

Groundswell, February 2020

This research aims to understand the health conditions women who are homeless were facing and how homelessness affected their health. The research was carried out by volunteers, all who themselves have experienced homelessness, enabling them to build trust and relate to the women they were talking to.

Making the UK fairer: Where we live

PWC, February 2020

This report is focused on ‘Places’ and builds on the themes in PWC’s first two reports in this series on ‘Making the UK Fairer’ and ‘How we Work’, by providing further insight on the disparities that exist between people living in different places.

Annual reviews - white & green papers, statistics

The Resolution Foundation Housing Outlook

Resolution Foundation, January 2020

This quarterly publication will be tracking all the key trends as the 2020s unfold. We will be keeping an eye on the housing market, and the way that housing intersects with both living standards and policy developments. This quarter, we begin with a look at house prices and ask whether the ‘levelling up’ we observe across the country since 2016 is at an end, or if the process still has further to run.


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