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The housing challenges of younger people in the south east: what can housing associations do to help?

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2016-2017

This study explores the housing challenges facing younger people in the South East of England, assessing the affordability of different tenures. It also assesses the likely impact of the introduction of the Shared Accommodation Rate into social housing on younger people and considers models of housing provision that Housing Associations  might consider developing so they can continue to meet the needs younger people. 


Making it Work Evaluation

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2013-2017

Making it Work is part of the 21st Century Life investment area of Investing in Communities, though which Big Lottery Scotland invests in projects that bring improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. The programme will offer investment of up to £1.25 million each to a partnership in 4 local authority areas: Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Fife. Up to £2m investment is available to a partnership in Glasgow. Making it Work aims to join up services to tackle the barriers faced by lone parents returning to work, and to create more sustainable local partnerships to support lone parents in the future. The programme is targeting lone parents experiencing the greatest barriers, including those with disabilities, or caring for someone with disabilities; with a large family (3 or more);  living in an area with a depressed labour market; living in chaotic circumstances; with little work experience or who have been out of work for two or more years.


State of the Voluntary, Community and Enterprise Sector in Greater Manchester

Project Director: Elizabeth Sanderson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

The main objective of the research is to provide Salford CVS and their partners with a better understanding of the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. The research will provide a comprehensive overview of the sector in Greater Manchester in 2016 which partners will be able to draw upon to help inform actions, exploit opportunities and shape relationships going forward.


The Positive Pathway Model: A Rapid Evaluation of its Impact

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2016-2017

This report presents the key findings from a rapid evaluation of the impact of the St Basils 'Positive Pathway' accommodation and support model for young people. The Positive Pathway Model aims to 'help public service commissioners and providers of services to work together in planning and delivering services for young people recognising that safe, decent and affordable housing underpins achievement of other positive outcomes – whether these relate to education, training, employment, health, or safer communities’. The evaluation was commissioned by St Basils and conducted by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. The funders of the model, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), requested a rapid evaluation to understand more about the model's impact within English local authorities. This report is the main output from this rapid evaluation, and aims to provide St Basils, DCLG, and their partners with a better understanding of the impact and traction that the Positive Pathway Model is having within local authorities and the effectiveness of St Basils' efforts to promote it. Based on these findings, the report makes recommendations with a view to supporting further development and refinement of the model. 


Profits before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of housing supply

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2016

As the level of housebuilding in UK has continued to fall short of the required numbers, this project explored the activities and financial performance of the UK’s biggest private housebuilding firms.  Expanding on a 2014 study which looked at housebuilding in an age of austerity, this research was commissioned internally by Sheffield Hallam University. It identifies concentrations in the housebuilding market, the factors shaping housebuilder behaviour, and the focus of the biggest firms on maximising profit over the volume of houses built.  The study argues for measures which facilitate development by non-profit bodies, such as local authorities, housing associations and community-led organisations.


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