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Evidence began in 2013 as a joint project from HQN, the University of Sheffield and the Housing Studies Association, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. It continues to enjoy support from the HSA, Heriot-Watt University, York Law School, the Welfare Conditionality Project and the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Other academic departments are invited to support it with sponsorship.

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pdf Current Evidence issue 19 File size: 275KB Published Date: 01/12/2017 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 18 File size: 356KB Published Date: 01/07/2017 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 17: Welfare conditionality Our special edition of Evidence reports on the first wave of findings from the welfare conditionality project. We look at the use of sanctions, lone parents, migrants, homelessness, offenders, ASB Universal Credit and the support on offer to welfare service users. File size: 839KB Published Date: 21/07/2016 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 16: Research round-up A new year, a new housing bill. As we go to press with this latest edition of Evidence things are changing daily as the bill makes its way through parliament. So we’re going to take a step back from the immediate questions and instead round up some topical research with potentially equal importance. File size: 2MB Published Date: 03/03/2016 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 15: Housing law The link between housing policy/practice and law is well recognised. As Stuart Lowe memorably wrote in 1987, they exist 'cheek by jowl'. File size: 2MB Published Date: 30/07/2015 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 14: Rent and benefits Recent years have seen the introduction of a series of welfare reforms designed to transform how the benefit system in this country operates. Many of these reforms relate to housing including changes to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Universal Credit (UC), which in addition to collapsing six benefit working-age benefit payments into one monthly payment, involves social housing claimants being given responsibility for paying their rent. File size: 317KB Published Date: 08/04/2015 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 13: Housing and poverty Welcome to this edition of Evidence, led by Heriot-Watt University. We present summaries of topical research that provides vital evidence for policy development in the field of housing, homelessness and poverty. File size: 2MB Published Date: 03/12/2014 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 12: Land The latest issue of Evidence focuses on the central role of land in housing. It looks at how planning and land issues impact on the housing supply shortage. File size: 3MB Published Date: 02/10/2014 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 11: Living spaces One of life’s little conundrums to debate over a Friday night curry. The UK is currently building some of the smallest new homes in Europe. File size: 2MB Published Date: 08/07/2014 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 10: Anti-social behaviour This issue brings together a wealth of expertise, highlighting the damaging impact of crime and anti-social behaviour within communities, whilst also drawing attention to how it has been used as a rhetorical device to distinguish between ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ families. File size: 357KB Published Date: 15/04/2014 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 9: Regeneration Stung by the controversy and protests that greeted the well-intentioned housing market renewal pathfinders, everyone involved in place-making has had to revamp their ideas. File size: 1023KB Published Date: 12/03/2014 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 8: Going Local The recent revival of interest in ‘localism’ and community-led solutions to housing issues has raised a number of interesting questions. These include the scale and nature of different forms of community-led housing, their relationship to traditional housing tenures and to public policies and private initiatives, the individual and community benefits provided and the factors that account for or limit their success. File size: 2MB Published Date: 10/03/2014 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 7: Equalities Housing and equality have been bed partners for some time. In the main the focus has been on how a house is occupied with ‘owners’ compared more favourably to ‘renters’. But this rigid dichotomy between tenures masks the real issue of difference and inequality – the circumstances and needs of the people living in the houses. File size: 2MB Published Date: 01/12/2013 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 6: Private Rented Sector This issue of Evidence could not be more timely. In England, the government has made a series of announcements on addressing the issues of bad landlords and rogue tenants, while at the same time highlighting its initiatives to promote build to rent. File size: 488KB Published Date: 01/11/2013 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 5: social value We all know what a cut is. That's easy. The money was there and now it's not. But what do we mean by the term value for money? There is a hot debate over that. Some would say that you need to take into account the social impact of spending, or not spending, a sum of money. File size: 2MB Published Date: 01/10/2013 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 4: welfare Welfare reform is here to stay – that’s one thing we can be sure of. The government says it has two principal aims from its programme: to simplify the system, and bring down the overall cost of bene?ts. File size: 2MB Published Date: 01/09/2013 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 3: an ageing society We know that people are living longer. Many point to the rising costs of pensions and health care that go along with this. The House of Lords says that the country is 'woefully unprepared' for these changes. What can we learn from researchers that might help us to prepare better? File size: 611KB Published Date: 01/07/2013 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 2: homelessness Does anything in the news still have the capacity to shock, or is that term devalued? The mortality ?gures in Crisis’ report really do have a claim to be called ‘shocking’. The cost of homelessness in lives lost, both in the UK and internationally, stands as both an accusation to society and a challenge to reduce the harm. File size: 736KB Published Date: 01/06/2013 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 1: going green This edition of Evidence is all about green issues and housing. But the housing stock is not the only place where green measures are needed. What about your head office? A study by Heriot-Watt University involving focus groups including housing professionals uncovered some interesting ideas on non-domestic buildings. File size: 501KB Published Date: 23/05/2013 Download
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