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Past Highlights at CHR

 These are CHR work highlights from past years.

Registration open for ESRC seminar series - The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy

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Access to private wealth (notably housing wealth) increasingly determines life chances. This raises important concerns of intergenerational justice and a fair transfer of money between family members. The project ‘Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap: Intergenerational Justice and Family Welfare’ explores inequalities in society, particularly the uneven distribution and transfer of wealth within and across generations. The programme of research is funded for three years by the Leverhulme Trust (2012-2015).

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We are delighted to announce that CHR’s Supporting People Research Service is continuing for 2012/13. Following Sitra’s national consultation in 2011 we have received the following endorsement:

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Dr Donald Houston has been awarded £90,000 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to investigate surface water flooding in urban areas and its consequences.

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CHR has been increasing its engagement with local stakeholders in the policy and practice sectors. CHR delivered a scenario planning event for the Fife Housing Partnership in June 2010. Social housing practitioners, local authority staff and councilors, private sector developers and others joined together for a day of presentation discussion and debate. Seven CHR members assisted by providing presentations, facilitating the group and leading the breakout discussions. Dr. Kim McKee, who has conducted extensive research on social housing policy, programmes and management, delivered the opening keynote at the Employer’s in Voluntary Housing conference, held in St Andrews in October 2010. Prof. Duncan Maclennan delivered a keynote session at the Scottish Cities conference, held in Dundee in November 2010. The dialogue has been opened and will be strengthened as relationships are built and project collaborations emerge.

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On November 3, 2010, the Scottish Parliament passed a new Housing (Scotland) Bill significantly limiting right-to-buy entitlements. New tenants and tenants of new-build housing will no longer have the right to buy. This may well be a first step towards ending the programme. CHR researchers had completed research that clearly indicated that Right-to-buy owners did not receive the benefits that the programme was intended to deliver. Mobility is not improved among Right-to-buy owners, compared to social housing tenants.

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The 2009/10 document reports on clients who received services in England between 1st April 2009 & 31st March 2010, and includes trend analysis of seven years' Client Record data and comparative information for 2008/09 and 2009/10 Outcomes data, as well as analysis of linked data from both of these datasets.This report and those for previous years (2003/4 to 2008/9) are available to download from the Publications section of our project website, https://www.spclientrecord.org.uk

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