Craigforth were appointed by North Ayrshire Council to undertake an assessment of trends in demand for larger social rented properties across North Ayrshire, in the context of ongoing changes to the housing policy context (most notably introduction of the Bedroom Tax) and the potential for these to impact on the profile of social housing demand. In addition to detailed analysis of recent trends in soc ial housing supply and demand in North Ayrshire, the study involved engagement with housing service staff and applicants to identify key drivers of recent trends, and scenario modelling to inform the Council's forward planning to ensure larger stock remains sustainable.
Craigforth, working with Newhaven Research and University of Stirling, was commissioned by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA) to undertake a local housing market assessment for the National Park area. The study provided LLTNPA with an up to date and detailed understanding of housing market dynamics and affordability pressures across the National Park, to inform the preparation of the Main Issues Report and supporting documentation as part of the process of preparing the National Park Local Development Plan.
Craigforth was commissioned by East Lothian Council to undertake an assessment of housing and housing support needs across eight particular needs groups in East Lothian. The study provided a comprehensive assessment of the scale and nature of particular housing and housing support needs, informing the Local Housing Strategy update, and identifying gaps and potential future pressures on services. Our approach involved a detailed desk-based review, engagement with stakeholders including service providers and current or prospective service users, and modelling of current and likely future need (including scenario planning). An options appraisal was undertaken to develop a set of policy and service recommendations.
Craigforth have been appointed by the Scottish Government to analyse responses to the second consultation on a new private tenancy regime. This second consultation takes forward findings from Craigforth's analysis of responses to the first consultation, and sets out proposals for a new tenancy system to improve security of tenure for tenants, while giving suitable safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors. Outputs from the second consultation will form part of the eviodence base for development of the final new tenancy regime.
Craigforth has been appointed by Highland Council to undertake research to improve understanding of the accommodation needs of Gypsies/Travellers in the Highland area. The study built on earlier work including a desk-based needs assessment undertaken by the Council in 2010, and consultation with Council site tenants undertaken by Craigforth in 2012. Outputs will inform development of the Council's next Local Housing Strategy and underpin investment decisions in relation to Council site provision.