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Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This project looked at the potential to embed poverty reduction, affordable housing and inclusive growth in housing and planning policy at the city-regional level in England. We conducted interviews and workshops with housing and planning experts to identify the extent to which housing and planning policies can be orientated to supporting households on low incomes.

Learning the lessons from the Voluntary right-to-buy pilots

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2016

The aim of the project is to learn lessons from the pilot programme of the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRtB) scheme for housing associations in order to inform the successful implementation of the wider programme across the housing association sector. This will be achieved through analysis of management and administrative data, qualitative evidence from professionals involved with the five pilot case studies and tenants who have expressed an interest in the scheme, as well as a survey of households who have applied for VRtB in each pilot.

Royal College of General Practitioners Fuel Poverty Pilot evaluation

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2016

This project is assessing  the success of a project piloting a new GP referral mechanism for support services providing fuel poverty interventions (energy efficiency measures, energy advice, income maximisation and so on). The evaluation will use project monitoring data alongside qualitative interviews with participants, GPs, Integrated Care Teams and referral services to understand the impact of programme as well as the effectiveness of the referral mechanism.

The Impact on Scotland of the New Welfare Reforms

Project Directors: Professor Christina Beatty and Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2016

The devolution to Scotland of new responsibilities for social security should not obscure the fact that control over the majority of welfare spending in Scotland remains with Westminster.  And since the general election in May 2015, the UK government has announced a further major round of welfare reform.  This adds to the already substantial reforms introduced between 2010 and 2015.

Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2015-2016

Previous research in the UK has established that private landlords think that energy efficiency is not important to their tenants. This project will use a combination of short postal surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews with tenants of low value private rented properties in two case study locations (Hackney and Rotherham) to test this assumption. The project will also establish the likelihood that tenants will use the provisions of forthcoming legislation under the Energy Act to request energy efficiency improvements from their landlords and whether they would be willing to pay more in rent for a more energy efficient property (landlords assume they would not). By better understanding tenants' perspectives on energy efficiency, clarifying their needs, expectations and competing priorities it is hoped that this project will contribute to the development of better informed approaches to driving up standards of energy performance at the lower end of the Private Rented Sector.

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