The Housing Challenge Cohort

The 2016/17 cohort of Crook Public Service Fellows are working on the theme of 'The Housing Challenge'

Faye Greaves

Faye CrookFaye Greaves is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and joined CIH as a policy and practice officer in 2015, where her work focuses on housing options, allocations and homelessness. Her blog posts regularly feature on the CIH website and Faye’s blogs have previously been published by high profile housing websites 24dash and Inside Housing.

In 2015, Faye conducted the analysis and reported the findings of a research project on behalf of Welsh Assembly Government, which considered joint working practices between housing associations and local authorities to tackle homelessness.

Faye has a track record of high achievement. She graduated with a first class professional housing studies degree in 2012, where she received an award for her dissertation about triggers for homelessness amongst 16 and 17 year olds. She was also a finalist at the 2014 Housing Heroes awards in the category for ‘career development star of the year’.

Faye has worked in housing for eleven years and has a broad range of experience across front line service delivery, management and service development. Before joining CIH, she worked at Solihull Community Housing and The Bridge housing services charity in Loughborough.

Faye's project

Working together to tackle homelessness? Partnership working between local authorities and housing associations.

Housing associations play an important role helping local authorities to prevent and tackle homelessness. This includes the provision of support services, temporary accommodation and settled housing for homeless people. This contribution is particularly important at a time when homelessness is on the rise in England. However, a number of recent developments threaten to undermine this partnership. Financial pressures are bearing down on associations and prompting a reappraisal of business plans and service provision. Meanwhile, local authority efforts to prevent and tackle homelessness increasingly focus on the private rented sector.

This study explores the changing nature of partnership working between housing associations and local authorities within this context. It examines how and why partnership working might be changing, charts new and emerging approaches to delivering local homelessness strategies and considers the potential impact on local efforts to prevent and tackle homelessness. These issues will be explored through a national survey of local authority housing options teams and housing associations, which will be supplemented by more intensive research in a series of case study local authority areas.

Joseph Kilroy

Joseph CrookJoseph Kilroy works in the policy and research team at the RTPI, where his work focuses on housing policy, devolution, and the spatial impact of the technology sector. He began his planning career working in community development in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Since moving to the UK he has worked in the third sector on social housing and vulnerable families, and in the higher education sector on the Research Excellence Framework.

Joseph's project

The Use of Alternative Land Value Capture Mechanisms to Deliver Housing in England and Wales

There is a long standing argument that the inability to fund local infrastructure is a major constraint on housing supply. The approach currently used in the UK has come in for sustained criticism in recent years (Peel, 2017). In this context, this project sets out to consider alternative approaches. It starts with an extensive review of the mechanisms used in different international contexts. This international evidence review is used to identify mechanisms that might be effective in the UK and has been used to inform our applied study. The applied research seeks to systematically explore the strengths and weaknesses, potential and pitfalls of these mechanisms. The empirical part of the project uses scenarios, based on hypothetical sites, as a means of testing different stakeholders perspectives on the likely impact of four different LVC mechanisms. The mechanisms tested include the current S106/CIL regime from the UK, a simple tariff mechanism, and two variants on the North American Impact Fee approach, one based on a payment schedule and the other negotiated at site level. The mechanisms are considered in the context of both brownfield and greenfield sites and the interviews seek to take account of variations across market conditions and economic cycles. The interviewees include Planners, Planning consultants, lawyers, valuers and land agents. The initial participants are all prominent in regional and national debates and have been selected on a reputational basis with further interviewees added using a snowballing approach. The interviews reveal that different mechanisms may alter the distributional impacts of LVC, changing the scale of the impact and shifting the burden between landowners, developers and consumers. It is clear that the effectiveness of LVC mechanisms is also dependent on other institutional arrangements, including the nature of the planning system, the tax system and the structure of the development industry.

More information is available on the RTPI website

Philip Glanville

Phil CrookCllr Philip Glanville is a passionate campaigner against social inequality and has spent the past decade of his career both working directly with and for national politicians and as an elected councillor and Cabinet Member in Hackney. This has resulted in an extensive portfolio of experience and skills including the running of parliamentary offices, campaigning and communications expertise and most recently providing political leadership as Hackney seeks to meet our housing challenges and fight locally and nationally for decent, genuinely affordable and sustainable housing. In addition to his policy focus on housing, he has experience in international development, local government, foreign affairs, welfare, health, immigration, planning, education and skills, transport and defence policies.

Cllr Glanville has been Cabinet Member for Housing for the last two years leading one of the largest council house building programmes in the country. He has recently been elected as Executive Mayor of Hackney in the by-election on 15 September 2016. His expanded role includes responsibility for the overall corporate strategy, financial management and delivery of services by the Council. In this role he is also leading on crime, community safety, equalities and communications.

Sam Thomas

Sam CrookSam is policy manager for the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, formed of the national charities Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind. He works with a team across the coalition to improve policy for people experiencing multiple needs, such as mental ill health, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse and contact with the criminal justice system.

Before joining Homeless Link, where he is based, Sam worked for DrugScope, the RSA and the University of Leeds. He’s interested in how everyone – and particularly front line practitioners and people with lived experience of multiple needs – can contribute to making better policy.

Sam's project

Preventative responses to multiple needs: a joint project between Making Every Adult Matter and the University of Sheffield

People with multiple needs face a combination of problems including homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. They fall through the gaps between services and systems, making it harder for them to address their problems and lead fulfilling lives. Increasingly, local areas are seeking to improve the support they provide to this group, but often this happens only when an individual’s situation has become critical.

The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition, formed of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind, and a team of academics at the University of Sheffield are collaborating on a programme of research to understand where and why opportunities are missed to provide effective support at an earlier stage. 

The research will take place with the support of MEAM’s local partners, who are working to develop effective, coordinated approaches to multiple needs across England. Building on their expertise and knowledge, the research will lead to policy recommendations for local authorities, commissioners and frontline services, and support earlier and more effective responses to multiple needs.