Publications

We believe that to influence changes to policy and practice, there needs to be robust evidence of what works, so that lessons can be learned, policy can be improved and best practice can be shared. We are proud to have funded the following publications and resources to inform the debates on how to deliver more decent affordable homes for people in need.


How councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?

New models, partnerships and innovations

Published by Town and Country Planning Association, 2017
Evidences appetite for innovation from councils right across the country to tackle affordability, but also concerns from many about their ability to deliver genuinely affordable homes available at social-rent levels.

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How councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?

Resources available to councils

Published by Town and Country Planning Association, 2017
Supports local authorities to adopt new models to tackle the crisis in housing affordability across England. The main report (above) was complemented with a guidance document helping councils identify resources that can support the delivery of more affordable homes.

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Delivering the renaissance in council-built homes: the rise in local housing companies

The Smith Institute, 2017
Evaluates the rapid development of local housing companies, examining their role and achievements.

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The People’s Plan: Improvements and New Homes without Demolition

Published by West Kensington and Gibbs Green Community Homes, 2016
A plan for residents in west London who are trying to secure ownership of two housing estates, where homes are at risk of demolition and residents would undergo forced rehousing. If successful in securing ownership, the community group will build more affordable homes and improve existing affordable housing stock.

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Living in Fear: Experiences of Older Private Renters in London

Published by Age UK London, 2017
Identifying the challenges faced by older private renters in London.Escalating rent costs, combined with short-term tenancy agreements, leave many older renters living with a constant fear of eviction.

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Local housing, community living: prospects for scaling up and scaling out community-led housing

Published by the Smith Institute, 2016
Examines the prospects for scaling up and scaling out community-led housing for the creation of more decent affordable homes for people in need.

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Save our Land: interactive map resource

Created by New Economics Foundation, 2017
This map shows where public land is for sale or has been sold. It shows where sites are up for sale, which government department is selling them, and which sites have already been lost.

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Affordable Homes from Empty Commercial Spaces

Published by the Empty Homes Agency, 2016
Explores how creating affordable homes from empty commercial spaces can be both viable and attractive.

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Community Builders

Published by Demos, 2015
Explores the theory that giving communities more power over local housing development can help to get more homes built. This work included investigating the barriers facing community-led housing models and how effectively these barriers are being overcome.

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Custom and self-build toolkit

Created by Nacsba, 2015
A toolkit offering practical guidance and information to housing associations, community organisations, councils, builders and developers who want to facilitate custom and self-build housing projects.

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One Foot on the Ladder

Published by the Resolution Foundation, 2013
Identifies ways for low and moderate-income families to access affordable home ownership.

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Helping private tenants achieve financial inclusion: making a difference locally

Published by Sliced Bread Consulting Ltd and Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol, 2014
A framework for action for local stakeholders who want to address private tenants’ financial exclusion in their areas

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Helping private tenants achieve financial inclusion

Published by Sliced Bread Consulting Ltd and Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol, 2013
Investigates the specific barriers that vulnerable private tenants face in accessing and using financial services.

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