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ESRC Seminar Series: The health impact of cold homes and fuel poverty

Principal Applicant: Professor Angela Tod / Co-applicants: Jan Gilbertson, Professor Christine Liddell, Catherine Homer

Project Duration: 2015-2018

This seminar series will generate new understanding of human behaviour regarding cold homes, fuel poverty and their impact on health by reviewing current evidence, identifying evidence gaps and priorities for future research. The series will explicitly consider the influence of social and health inequalities, and focus on policy influences, impact and interventions. It will add to existing academic knowledge by reviewing and synthesising existing evidence, and will identify gaps in knowledge.


Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: April 2017 - September 2017

In partnership with the University of Sheffield, CRESR have assessed the future housing, care and support needs of residents in Greater Cambridge. This work was commissioned by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), in collaboration with Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, with funding from NHS England's Healthy New Towns programme.

The research provides a range of findings for local partners on the future supply of older people's housing, and the linkages between such provision and a range of other services and policy areas. 

The project has also led to the development of a new tool to help local authorities across England assess the need for older people's housing in their area. This tool (HOPSR) is available to download via a link at the bottom of the page. HOPSR provides each local authority with recommendations about the number of age-exclusive homes, specialist homes and care beds required in their area in future years.  It also enables users to test different scenarios and plan on the basis of certain population sizes.

The recommendations are intended to stimulate discussion at a local level about how best to meet the requirements of an ageing population. The research shows that the future needs of older people can be met in different ways, and that local authorities and their partners should try to understand the relationship between different services and forms of accommodation to define local priorities and strategies for action.

The final report from the research Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036 is available to download here.

The Housing for Older People Supply Recommendations (HOPSR) tool is available here. Upon opening the file enable the macros and select one of the four options in the boxes.


Energy poverty and social relations: understanding vulnerability through secondary qualitative analysis

Project Director: Dr Lucie Middlemass (University of Leeds)
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This project draws on a large body of existing (under-utilised) qualitative data to investigate the impact of households’ social relations on vulnerability to energy poverty. The project team’s collective expertise in energy poverty, vulnerability and secondary data analysis will allow us to investigate the emerging link between social relations (friend and family relationships, and interactions with service providers) and households’ capacity to withstand energy poverty. Outputs will include a preliminary conceptual framework to explain how vulnerability to energy poverty is affected by social relations, and an analytical approach to secondary qualitative data on this topic. It is anticipated that outputs from the project will form the basis for future bid applications.


Letting to under-35s: A survey of private landlords

Project Director: Dr Ben Pattison
Project Duration: 2016-2017

This projects uses a survey to investigate landlord’s experiences and perceptions of letting to under-35s.


Wigan Deal for Warmth Evaluation

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2015-2017

An evaluation of the Wigan Deal for Warmth programme which is part of DECC’s Health and Fuel Poverty Booster Fund, which aims to address health and wellbeing issues linked to cold, inefficient homes by intervening to improve energy efficiency.


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