housing

Policy paper: economic implications of housing in an ageing society

One of a series of policy papers published by the national Housing and Ageing Alliance to stimulate debate and a coherent policy response to the critical issue of demographic change and housing.

Direct payments demonstration projects: learning the lessons, six months in

Report that is one of a series of outputs from the independent evaluation of a programme of projects demonstrating the direct payment of housing benefit to social renting tenants across the UK. It highlights the key learning since the programme began early in 2012. 

Dementia: finding housing solutions

Report that highlights how good housing and related services can impact positively on the lives of people with dementia, from delaying more intensive forms of care to preventing admission and readmission to hospital. Case studies from housing associations and home improvement agencies show how appropriate housing can:

• reduce or delay demand for health and  social care services for people with dementia
• improve the rate of diagnosis of dementia
• deliver improved health and social care outcomes at a lower cost

Going to market: the role of outsourcing and shared services in housing associations

Research that explores the continued evolution of the housing association sector and the challenges of delivering front-line and back-office services cost effectively. 

It is designed to help to inform and develop a conversation within the industry, and to draw attention to the factors relevant to organisations considering outsourcing or shared services. It focuses primarily on housing associations. 

Housing and personalisation: points on practice

Briefing which reflects on the experience of housing support providers delivering services through personalised funding arrangements and consider what has been working well, as well as highlighting some issues that have been more challenging. Particular attention is paid to support planning and to the financial arrangements associated with direct payments and individual service funding. 

Demographic change and an ageing population (2nd report, 2013)

Report that identifies the impacts which demographic change and an ageing population will have primarily on the public finances in respect of the provision of health and social care, housing, and pensions and the labour force, and the planning being undertaken by the Scottish Government and key public bodies to mitigate such impacts.

Better Futures

What is it? Better Futures outcomes tool is a web-based IT tool designed to enable housing support service providers working with individuals to record their support needs over a period of time. In particular, it provides a means of recording a baseline when someone starts using a service, as well as plotting their aspirations using a unique scoring system. The tool is also able to produce reports from the data held to enable organisations to measure the outcomes of their work with service users on a continuous basis.

Exempt accommodation

Document that explains exempt accommodation in respect of Universal Credit.

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations: 2012 baseline report

Report that focuses on the initial perceptions of the impacts on landlords prior to the introduction of welfare reform changes. It includes a profile of the housing association sector in England, covering information which will help to clarify which associations might be disproportionately affected by changes, and a summary of the potential impacts on housing association landlords from the available literature.

Preparing to grow old together

Paper that describes how initially one, and then a group of members of a South London housing co-op, started working towards improving their organisation for older people.

It is written by the member who initiated the project in response to issues facing the co-op’s ageing population.