Abstracts: July 12th, 2001

This report is based on ongoing research by a team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, contributing to the growing debate about the future allocation of social housing. It assesses two of the main features of policy reform – the drive to promote social balance in lettings and the adoption of choice-based approaches giving ‘power to the applicant’. The team uses case study evidence to assess how the overt ‘social engineering’ embodied in the French system of estate profiling has been adapted by local authorities and Registered Social Landlords. Findings include social landlords undertaking reviews of their allocations systems with a view to promoting choice, mobility and social mix; a lack of systems for monitoring and evaluation and a lack of readily available up-to-date data on the social characteristics of neighbourhoods.Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: www.jrf.org.uk