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Sheffield Hallam University is leading a major study of the economic impact of housing organisations on the Northern economy on behalf of The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC).

The study, which launched today (Thursday) and will be led by the University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) will consider the financial and employment impacts of housing organisations in the North, particularly focussing on the day-to-day activity of housing providers.

NHC Chief Executive Jo Boaden said, "The consortium has recognised that it is increasingly important for housing to be able to evidence our economic impact. This innovative project will set out an authoritative evidence base ahead of the next spending review."

The partnership is working with St Leger Homes in Doncaster, Durham City Homes, Helena Partnerships, Leeds Federated Housing Association, Liverpool Housing Trust, Stockport Homes and Wakefield & District Housing on this project.

Paul Lawless, a Professor of Urban Policy at Sheffield Hallam University, added, “The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research is excited to be working with the Northern Housing Consortium on this project.

"The study will explore factors not previously consolidated as part of one research project.

"We will use economic multipliers to capture indirect and induced economic impact that ripple out from expenditure by housing organisations.”

The study will run throughout the year and culminate in a final report to be launched in early 2013.

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