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Press Release

First UK study to establish a link between housing, on-going support and a reduction in re-offending

by Interserve Press Office | Oct 19, 2012

Interserve and Vision Housing announced today the results of pioneering research, from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).


This is the first UK study to establish an evidential link between housing, on-going support and a reduction in re-offending.

Some of the key findings are:

  • 11 per cent reduction in re-offending (for those housed)
  • 16 per cent reduction in re-offending for under-35's
  • 21 per cent reduction in re-offending for more serious offences
  • 26 per cent reduction in re-offending rates for women

Across the UK, a lack of adequate housing provision is regularly cited as a factor in re-offending both for offenders leaving prison and those serving some form of community sentence. However, there is only limited research on the potential link between housing and re-offending and even less on the impact specific housing initiatives have on reducing re-offending. This study proves and quantifies the effect.

Adrian Gains, Chair of Vision Housing commented:

"Too many people are released from prison each year with nowhere to stay. It is well established that this contributes to re-offending but, until now, no-one had been able to prove it. The fact that it has been achieved by a small social enterprise, run by ex-offenders, makes this all the more remarkable."

The research findings support Interserve's intelligent approach to tackling re-offending. The company believes in an evidence-based approach to understanding the roles of interventions, such as housing and employment, to improve prisoner re-integration into the community. Interserve has teamed up with a national alliance of local housing and rehabilitation charities and service providers to provide innovative solutions in the delivery of custodial and community services. This approach is about changing lives to enable better outcomes for communities, and preventing future victims of crime.

Yvonne Thomas, Managing Director – Justice, Interserve commented:

"With reoffending in the UK costing the tax payer £9.5 billion per year, this is a problem that Interserve is committed to tackling. Working with national and local authorities as well as social enterprises, such as Vision Housing, we are working to ensure that meaningful rehabilitation is attainable throughout the UK."

"To put this research in context, the reduction in re-offending of 11 per cent, if achieved nationally would have the potential to save the UK taxpayer around £1 billion per year."

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Notes for editors

  1. This evaluation was led by independent researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. It considered the before and after re-offending rates of 400 clients referred to Vision between February 2007 and April 2011.
  3. The analysis used a binary measure of proven re-offending following the Ministry of Justice definition of proven re-offending: "Proven re-offending is defined as any offence committed in a one year follow-up period and receiving a court conviction, caution, reprimand or warning in the one year follow up or a further six months waiting period." (Ministry of Justice 2011)
  4. The evaluation was funded, in part, by Interserve. A full research paper has been submitted to a peer reviewed journal for publication.

About Vision Housing

Vision Housing was set up in January 2007 by Annys Darkwa who first conceived of the idea when she was a serving prisoner in HMP East Sutton Park. It is a London-based housing charity and social enterprise. They help ex-offenders get housing and on-going support on release from prison. Clients are referred to Vision with multiple problems, including debt, substance misuse, domestic violence, gangs and poor mental health. The first step is to get people off the street, into decent homes and out of trouble. They then put in place a tailored package of support.


Vision Housing Logo.

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to be the Trusted Partner of all our stakeholders. We are one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society's infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK, has revenue of £1.9 billion and a workforce of nearly 50,000 people worldwide.

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For further information please contact:

Robin O'Kelly
Director of Communications, Interserve
0118 932 0123
Richard Campbell / Ian Brown
Capital MSL
0207 307 5334
Annys Darkwa
Founder and Managing Director, Vision Housing
07910 991470
Adrian Gains
Chair, Vision Housing
07887 540465




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