housing and environment

The impacts of housing stock transfers in urban Britain

This research looks at the transfer of housing stock from councils to specially established housing associations, concentrating on the ‘second generation’ of transfers carried out since 1997. Focusing mainly on ten case study transfers in urban areas, the study considers how successful these transfers have been.

Gypsies/Travellers in Scotland: the twice yearly count No. 15 January 2009

In July 1998, the former Scottish Executive introduced a series of twice yearly counts of this population (undertaken in January and July) to establish standardised and consistent estimates across Scotland. The purpose of the count is to better understand the characteristics of this population and to assist and inform the development of public policies and services for Gypsies/Travellers, both nationally and locally.

Improving the patient experience: sharing success in mental health and learning disabilities - the King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme

This publication celebrates the successes of 47 schemes completed by the 46 NHS Trusts in England who took part in the King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment, a nurse-led environmental improvement programme to improve the environment in which they delivered care. Through the programme, the Department of Health and The King's Fund hoped to raise awareness and understanding among NHS staff about how to bring about practical, value-for-money environmental improvements.

Firm foundations: the future of housing in Scotland

In July 2007, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation hosted a seminar on the future of shared equity which was attended by a number of the key stakeholders in this area from a variety of sectors. This note provides a summary of the discussion held; as the event was held under Chatham House rules all comments are non-attributed. JRF submission to the Scottish Government's discussion paper on the future of housing in Scotland.

Housing for disabled children and their families: an information resource

An overview of information about housing for disabled children and their families, and ideas for improving their circumstances. The purpose of the resource is to raise awareness of this important aspect of community care and to help non-specialists find out more about promoting positive change in this complex field.

Tackling antisocial behaviour in Scotland: An action framework for social housing practitioners and governing bodies

Tackling antisocial behaviour is a key activity for housing organisations across the UK. This ‘action framework’ focuses specifically on Scottish policy and practice. It uses a systematic process approach towards tackling antisocial behaviour organised in seven photocopiable core tasks. Designed to develop staff awareness, and strategic planning and monitoring, it can also form the basis of in-house training programmes.

Response to the UK consultation on the European Commission proposal for an equal treatment directive

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is strongly supportive of the draft directive, and the overarching principle, that equal treatment means there should be no direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Urban extensions, planning and participation: Lessons from Derwenthorpe and other new communities

This report identifies key issues and lessons for current planning policy and practice concerning the development of new urban extensions. It combines the first-hand learning of practitioners – including the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust at Derwenthorpe in York – with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current policy framework, and draws conclusions that are relevant not just to high-profile “eco-towns” but to all new communities in Britain.

The impacts of housing stock transfers in urban Britain

A study of the impacts of housing stock transfers undertaken since 1997 across Britain. This research looks at the transfer of housing stock from councils to specially established housing associations, concentrating on the ‘second generation’ of transfers carried out since 1997.

Young people's housing transitions

Issues affecting young people's ability to access independent housing are rising up the political agenda. In a series of UK-wide discussions and events, young people and practitioners working with young people gave their views on the housing options available to young people and whether these meet their needs and aspirations. It identified emerging trends, barriers young people face and examples of good practice.