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'We need to take a longer-term look at welfare'

The chancellor made some welcome changes in last month's Budget – but many policies are still obstructing efforts to tackle homelessness and make sure people can access a decent home at a price they can afford, says CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister.

06/12/2017

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'If ever there was a time to re-evaluate the purpose of social housing, it's now.'

In the first of a series of comment pieces we are running alongside our Rethinking social housing project, Optivo chief executive Paul Hackett says it is a crucial time to re-evaluate the purpose of social housing.

05/12/2017

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New Scottish tenancy: what you need to know

Our policy and public affairs manager, Ashley Campbell, runs you through everything you need to know about the new Scottish private rented sector (PRS) tenancy.

01/12/2017

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Tackling inequalities in end of life care

Thousands of people across Wales are missing out on palliative care, says Marie Cure policy and public affairs manager Paul Harding.

28/11/2017

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Delivering high-quality dementia care

The design of places and spaces is crucial in delivering high-quality dementia care says Dr Julie Christie, region manager for the UK and Europe at HammondCare's Dementia Centre.

28/11/2017

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CIH vice president announces domestic abuse commitment will continue

Just months into his time as CIH vice president Jim Strang has pledged to continue the efforts of current president Alison Inman to tackle domestic abuse when he becomes president in 2018.

28/11/2017

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Choice-based lettings: let’s get back to basics

A new CIH guide to choice-based lettings (CBL) is timely, according to CIH policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright.

24/11/2017

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What I learned: Welsh Housing Awards 2017

Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer at CIH Cymru, shares what he learned from being behind the scenes of this year’s Welsh Housing Awards.

23/11/2017

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'Housing organisations must do more to tackle domestic abuse.'

All housing organisations have a part to play to tackle domestic abuse, says CIH president Alison Inman.

17/11/2017

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'People who live and work in social housing must lead the debate on its future.'

As CIH launches a major new project called Rethinking social housing, Terrie Alafat says we must help the people that live and work in social housing to lead the debate about its future.

16/11/2017

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Shared sites – ending 'age apartheid', improving lives

The idea of co-locating services for older and young people is hardly new. But compared to other countries, the UK is lagging behind in putting it into practice, says United for All Ages director Stephen Burke.

09/11/2017

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Has housing management had its day?

As a number of challenges are pushing housing providers to look again at the way they deliver services our head of practice Debbie Larner asks what housing management means today.

03/11/2017

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'We've made great progress, time to go a step further in the budget.'

After a very busy few weeks for housing our head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at each of the priorities we outlined in our budget submission to see how much progress has been made and where there is still work to do.

01/11/2017

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'The government must take a step back on universal credit.'

As criticism of universal credit continues to grow, Sam Lister says ministers must not fall into the trap of seeing major issues with the policy as minor glitches.

30/10/2017

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Five things we learned from our fire safety event for housing professionals

CIH head of practice Debbie Larner reflects on the debate at CIH London’s fire safety event, held in partnership with the London Fire Brigade.

27/10/2017

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91 per cent of CIH ‘Learning 2 Let’ graduates report increased knowledge in issues relating to their role as a private landlord or letting agent

A new in-depth interim report into ‘Learning 2 Let’ – a certified training programme for private landlords and letting agents developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), with the support of the Department for Communities – reveals a very high level of satisfaction amongst learners who have completed the course to date.

25/10/2017

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Rethink on supported housing can’t come soon enough

MPs are due to debate the future of supported housing today amid reports that the government is to rethink plans to cap housing benefit for residents. CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat says such a move can’t come soon enough.

25/10/2017

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Domestic abuse: the facts, the figures and what housing can do to help

As CIH president Alison Inman reveals she has chosen Women's Aid as her charity of the year, Elinor Crouch-Puzey, from domestic abuse charity Standing Together, takes a detailed look at the issue and what housing providers can do to help.

24/10/2017

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Universal credit tweaks are welcome - but they don't go far enough

Making the universal credit helpline free and offering advance payments isn't enough to make universal credit work for claimants, says CIH policy and practice officer Priya Thethi - but there are three changes which would help.

19/10/2017

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'Councils finding ways to build but could do much more with support.'

As a new report reveals councils are building thousands of homes through local housing companies, Paul Hackett, director of the Smith Institute, says government must support their efforts to build more.

18/10/2017

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'Tackling homelessness about so much more than just building homes.'

Our response to the homelessness crisis must be to find a way to help the person, not just their satisfy their housing need, says Priya Thethi.

16/10/2017

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'I don’t always have the answers so building my network is massively important'

Universal credit, building more homes, the looming Local Housing Allowance cap and making sure residents' voices are heard post-Grenfell - we spoke to Wellingborough Homes head of housing and support services (and CIH Eastern board member) Dave Lockerman about the big issues for debate at CIH's Eastern Conference.

12/10/2017

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Stories behind the stats – what’s really going on behind the homelessness figures?

The leading cause of homelessness in England is private rented sector tenancies coming to an end – but why? CIH policy and practice research officer Yoric Irving-Clarke explores the stories behind the data.

11/10/2017

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'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector.'

Policy and practice officer Priya Thethi takes a look at changes to the private sector announced at the Conservative party conference and what they could mean for millions of tenants.

10/10/2017

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'Shared ownership has huge strengths as a product'

The shared ownership charter is the latest in our series of charters which aims to provide a set of shared standards to drive customer service. It has been developed with the support of leading organisations in the National Housing Group, and with input from members.

09/10/2017

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‘As we deliver more shared ownership homes, the CIH charter is a way to make sure you are delivering a great service for customers’

The shared ownership charter is the latest in our series of charters which aims to provide a set of shared standards to drive customer service. It has been developed with the support of leading organisations in the National Housing Group, and with input from members.

09/10/2017

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Place and wellbeing - the critical link

Lauren Pennycook, Carnegie UK Trust, tells us a little bit about their research Turnaround Towns, which is demonstrating that our sense of place is inextricably linked to our wellbeing. Lauren will be speaking at The BIG Question 2017.

09/10/2017

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Good news for the sector but what will the rent settlement's impact be?

As the government releases long-awaited details of the rent settlement, CIH's senior policy adviser John Perry takes a closer look at its significance.

05/10/2017

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Theresa May's speech - the big announcements explained

Following Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, our head of policy Melanie Rees takes a closer look at the big announcements and what they mean for the sector.

04/10/2017

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The value of housing as a career choice

Should housing professionals stop talking about ‘falling into’ the sector? CIH policy and practice officer Yoric Irving-Clarke reflects on how we can showcase housing as a career of choice.

04/10/2017

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'Showcasing your success can help your organisation and others.'

As nominations for the 2018 UK Housing Awards get underway CIH communications manager Steve Hayes answers some frequently asked questions.

02/10/2017

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'Councils and housing associations should define affordability together.'

Local authorities and housing associations should work together on a framework to define affordability in their area, says CIH's senior policy adviser John Perry.

02/10/2017

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How do we step back from the cliff edge?

There’s a lot of talk in housing at the moment about examining our fundamental purpose – why are we here, who do we serve and how do we deliver that? In Wales we perhaps have a shade less existential doubt than colleagues in England, but for us a bigger question looms – are we at the cliff edge?

02/10/2017

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'We need to be ambitious in our development plans in the North'

Supported housing, supply and certainty on rents – Home Group chief executive Mark Henderson outlines the biggest issues facing housing organisations in the North East and explores potential solutions.

27/09/2017

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'We must not overlook the unique housing challenges in the North.'

Any response to the housing crisis must take into account the unique housing challenges in the North, says Stephanie Kelley.

26/09/2017

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‘Shared ownership can help people to get a home – we must promote it.’

Mark Tranter, development director at whg, one of more than 20 organisations to sign up to our shared ownership charter, explains why it matters.

25/09/2017

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We must improve housing options for older and disabled people

A safe and secure home with the right level of support when it’s needed can make all the difference to people’s wellbeing, say CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis and Housing LIN strategic lead Clare Skidmore. That's why we're calling for examples of independent living models.

20/09/2017

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Stop, co-operate and listen

Ahead of our two half-day courses on the why and how of co-operative housing, we asked Casey Edwards, co-operative housing project officer at Wales Co-operative Centre, to tell us a bit more about the alternative model for sustainable home ownership.

18/09/2017

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Our housing crisis is about more than numbers - we need to build safe, accessible homes

Having a safe and accessible home is fundamental to being able to live a healthy, engaged and active life; which is why CIH is supporting Habinteg’s #ForAcessibleHomes campaign, says senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

07/09/2017

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Blog: Where does housing feature in the Scottish Government’s “most ambitious plan ever”?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (05 September) set out the Programme for Government for 2017/18. A wide ranging set of 16 Bills covering everything from education to the economy and the environment. There were also some promising statements on housing, homelessness and fuel poverty – but are the plans ambitious enough? Our policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell offers some thoughts.

05/09/2017

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The future of supported housing must be top priority

With MPs back at the House of Commons today after the summer recess, the government must take an urgent look at the future funding of supported housing says CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

05/09/2017

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'Non-traditional construction can help us tackle the housing crisis.'

Niki Walton, from our policy and practice team, explores two very different schemes to see how housing organisations are using non-traditional construction to meet local housing need.

04/09/2017

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A year to remember for CIH president Julie Fadden

As she prepares to hand over the reins to Alison Inman, we spoke to Julie Fadden to find out what she’s enjoyed most about being president, her biggest achievements and her hopes for her legacy.

31/08/2017

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The 5-star plan for rural housing

Affordable homes are critical to sustain rural communities – but Hastoe Housing Associations currently estimates that just one in 10 rural homes can be considered affordable compared to one in five in urban areas. That’s why CIH is supporting the new 5-star plan for rural housing, driven by the Rural Housing Alliance. Chairman Martin Collett tells us more.

30/08/2017

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What can we learn from the U.S. about intergenerational housing?

With both young and old facing significant housing challenges, Ongo Homes policy and research officer Emma Garland is heading to the U.S. to learn more about intergenerational housing projects.

24/08/2017

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'Housing should be seen as a career of choice and it starts with us.'

It's time for housing to be seen as a career of choice and not something people fall into, and housing professionals have a big part to play in changing the narrative, says Adam Clark, from CIH's member of the future advisory group.

16/08/2017

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Housing Futures Cymru panel announced

After enormous interest from Welsh housing professionals, and some tough decisions for the appointing panel, the make-up of the Housing Futures Cymru panel has been announced.

11/08/2017

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'We need housing to support our older people's independence.'

Lynn Clayton, from Derwent Living, explains what 107-year-old resident Dolly's story tells us about our older people and the importance of housing which supports their independence.

11/08/2017

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‘The message is stark – homelessness needs our urgent, collective attention’

Rough sleeping is forecasted to jump by 76 per cent in the next 10 years according to a new report from Crisis. CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves says the time for action is now.

10/08/2017

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Blog: The future of SHASC

In the face of funding cuts for the Scottish Housing and Support Conference (SHASC), the SHASC Working Group is seeking your views on the future of this annual event.

08/08/2017

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‘We should not be afraid of being involved in or carrying out our own research’

Can research make a difference to the way housing professionals do their job? CIH policy and practice officer Yoric Irving-Clarke explores the issue.

08/08/2017

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'Meeting people, making connections, getting support and much more'

Gemma Stockdale, from our member of the future group, explains what CIH means to her and how to make the most of being a member of housing's professional body.

01/08/2017

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'The people we help must be heard because their stories matter.'

Resident stories matter and we must tell them - to influence our work and, above all, because they matter, says Rooftop Housing Group chief executive Boris Worrall.

28/07/2017

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Five ways to help your tenants with the roll-out of universal credit

The ‘full service’ version of universal credit is on its way – so what do social landlords need to be doing differently? CIH policy and practice officer Priya Thethi explores the issues.

26/07/2017

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Private rented sector review – tell us how it works in your area

Understanding the private rented sector is now more important than ever, says Dr Julie Rugg, of York University’s Centre for Housing Policy – whichever part of housing you work in.

25/07/2017

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'Housing organisations must be the driving force behind social mobility.'

In a challenging society housing organisations must be the driving force for social mobility, explains CIH Rising Stars winner James Sanderson.

21/07/2017

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Steal like an artist: using existing good practice in your application

The deadline for Welsh Housing Awards 2017 is fast approaching. Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer, looks at how the Good Practice Compendium can give you inspiration and a great template for your own applications.

19/07/2017

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'Housing organisations must embrace technology to survive'

Embracing new technology will be key for housing organisations to thrive, says James Caspell.

17/07/2017

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Fire safety - a summary of CIH Cymru's evidence

Yesterday the National Assembly’s Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee held its one-day inquiry on fire safety in high rise blocks in Wales. The inquiry was called following the tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower.

14/07/2017

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‘Housing Hero’ Leslie Morrell receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Leslie Morrell, a founder of the housing association movement in Northern Ireland has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at a major UK event.

03/07/2017

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Pinpoint Property director talks Learning to let

Alan Shanley, CIH Northern Ireland marketing and communications officer chats with Nick Brennan, managing director of Pinpoint Property about his experience with CIH's qualification for private landlords and letting agents.

27/06/2017

Blog

Time to ban letting fees

With plans to end letting fees in England, CIH director Nicola McCrudden says it’s time scrap them in Northern Ireland.

23/06/2017

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Fire safety: what should housing organisations be thinking about?

Debbie Larner, our head of practice, takes a look at some key considerations for housing organisations following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

16/06/2017

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'The election result may have more to do with housing than we think.'

The result of last week's election could have more to do with housing than it seems, says senior policy advisor John Perry as he takes a look at what voting patterns could be telling us.

14/06/2017

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Sharing best practice across the sector

Alan Shanley, marketing and communications officer, takes a look at a brand new publication sharing best practice lessons gathered from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

13/06/2017

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CIH Cymru says Welsh housing must make the case to new MPs on non-housing issues

Housing professionals across Wales will have watched the general election with a keen interest. However, because housing is a devolved issue, big headlines from England about manifesto commitments and the English housing minister losing his seat will have made little impact.

09/06/2017

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'Securing a good deal for Northern Ireland post-Brexit will be top of the DUP’s priority list'

As reports suggest that the Conservatives will try to form a government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party MPs, CIH Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden explores the party's priorities - and the potential impact on housing and welfare locally.

09/06/2017

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CIH Cymru says more clarity needed on latest housebuilding rates

Following the recent Welsh Government publication of housebuilding rates for 2016/17 CIH Cymru said that the figures were to be welcomed.

08/06/2017

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General Election 2017 round-up

As voters head to the polls today we take a final look at what each party is promising on housing and welfare and what we think the new government should prioritise.

08/06/2017

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Axe the tenant tax?

Recent tax changes for private landlords work against improving energy efficiency in rented accommodation, argues CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright.

07/06/2017

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Opinion piece: Funders should take action before the government does

In a new opinion piece for CIH Scotland, Mike Bruce, chief executive of Weslo Housing Management reflects on borrowing conditions in the Buy to Let market and its place in an ever growing private rented sector.

06/06/2017

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Addressing the challenges of city centre living

CIH Northern Ireland’s event ‘Living in the city’ is revisited by Justin Cartwright, CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager. The event featured a wide-ranging discussion on future housing options for our inner-urban areas.

06/06/2017

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'Challenging perceptions of refugees will help us to make a difference.'

Fuad Mahamed, the chief executive of Ashley Community Housing, explains how his organisation set about changing hearts and minds on refugees with an award-winning campaign.

05/06/2017

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Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

CIH's head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at what the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour manifestos say about housing.

30/05/2017

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Election 2017: what we’re saying on. . . supply

As the build-up to next month’s General Election continues, our deputy chief executive Gavin Smart looks at three ways the next government could boost affordable house-building.

24/05/2017

Blog

'The housing sector must do better on domestic abuse.'

Kelly Henderson, domestic violence business manager at Gentoo, has launched a new research project to inform and encourage the housing sector to embrace its role in tackling domestic abuse.

22/05/2017

Blog

Government plans to extend ‘right to rent’ documents checks face legal challenge

CIH policy adviser John Perry says the impact of the 'right to rent' scheme needs an urgent review ahead of its planned roll-out across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

19/05/2017

Blog

Be Bold in your career

Keen to give your career a boost but not sure where to start? Diana Taseva, Customer services co-ordinator at CIH Scotland, says continuing professional development is a brilliant way of working out the next steps you want to take.

17/05/2017

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Election 2017: what we're asking for on ... homelessness

As the build up to the General Election continues our policy and practice officer Faye Greaves takes a closer look at what we’re asking for on homelessness – one of our key election priorities.

15/05/2017

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'Young people are being locked out of all housing options in the South East'

New research has revealed that plans to extend the Local Housing Allowance cap could make even social housing too expensive for young people on lower incomes in the South East. Dr Kesia Reeve, of Sheffield Hallam Univesity's Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research, explores the problem.

12/05/2017

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Update: progress of the bill to abolish right to buy in Wales

Matthew Kennedy reports on CIH Cymru position and the progress of the bill to abolish the right to buy in Wales, following an evidence session that CIH Cymru attended.

11/05/2017

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Election 2017: what we're asking for on .... welfare

As the build up to next month’s General Election continues our policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we’re asking for on welfare policy – one of our key election priorities.

09/05/2017

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Three things we need to solve the housing crisis

As the election approaches our head of policy Melanie Rees looks at three areas we feel need urgent action to solve the housing crisis.

05/05/2017

Blog

Presentations from TAI 2017

Here you'll find all the available pdf presentations from TAI 2017, including the development seminar

04/05/2017

TAI

'A charter will give us what we need to help grow shared ownership.'

Amy Nettleton, chair of the National Housing Group, says CIH's new shared ownership charter is exactly what is needed to help to grow the tenure.

26/04/2017

Blog

Housing Futures Cymru – Minister launches new policy advisory board at TAI 2017

Cabinet Secretary for Communities & Children, Carl Sargeant AM has launched CIH Cymru’s Housing Futures Cymru project.

24/04/2017

TAI

What might an early election mean for housing?

Theresa May’s announcement of a snap General Election has taken many people by surprise, but what will the decision mean for housing? Chartered Institute of Housing's head of policy Melanie Rees analyses the potential impact.

18/04/2017

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Katie's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our fourth finalist Katie Howells from Merthyr Valleys Homes

18/04/2017

TAI

'Dementia charter can help us to change so many lives'

Bruce Moore, the chief executive of Housing & Care 21, says the launch of a new dementia-friendly housing charter gives the sector the chance to make a commitment which will improve the lives of people living with dementia now and into the future.

12/04/2017

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New Scottish Social Housing Charter places important new emphasis on tenant scrutiny

As a new revised Scottish Social Housing Charter comes into force, CIH Scotland's deputy director Marian Reid blogs about the important new emphasis on tenant scrutiny.

12/04/2017

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Abdul's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our third finalist, Abdul Hafeez from Taff Housing Association.

11/04/2017

TAI

Delivering on asset management - TAI 2017 preview

Workshop chair Keith Edwards previews the session looking at the Mears Group and United Welsh Celtic Horizons project, the first wholly owned subsidiary model of its kind. An in depth review of a partnership providing for over 5000 properties, spanning 11 local authority areas.

11/04/2017

TAI

Why TAI? Time to develop your career

Chair of CIH Cymru Paul Diggory draws on his own career to blog for us on how TAI, and CIH membership, are fantastic tools for your personal development toolkit, and are career-long allies.

05/04/2017

TAI

David's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our second finalist, David Roberts from Newport City Homes.

04/04/2017

TAI

Cooperative Housing: advancing the approach

Community-led by its very nature – co-operative housing has quickly become a crucial cog in increasing the supply of affordable homes. Dave Palmer previews his session at TAI 2017 where you can learn more about the nuts and bolts of delivering the model in practice.

04/04/2017

TAI

Paying back - Juha Kaakinen on Housing First

Housing First is a policy that's been getting a lot of attention. It has contributed to Finland's status as the only European country where homelessness has declined. Juha Kaakinen, Y-Foundation, previews his session at TAI 2017 explaining the principles behind the programme.

04/04/2017

TAI

Celebrating Scotland's housing leaders: who will you nominate?

Read the latest blog from CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on how you can nominate for this year's Inside Housing Scottish Leaders' List.

04/04/2017

Blog

A game-changing approach to repairs and maintenance

The idea of giving tenants the option of having whirlpool baths in their home is enough to make any financial director recoil. But for Hyde Housing this is an everyday part of a new approach to maintenance which has saved millions.

03/04/2017

Blog

Wales Act: the good, the bad and the ugly

Steffan Evans previews his session on the Wales Act 2017 ahead of TAI 2017 - looking at the transfer of powers and the implications for the housing sector, what are his conclusions about the road ahead?

29/03/2017

TAI

How can housing organisations ease the pressure on our health services?

The housing sector has a vital part to play to help people leave hospital more quickly and prevent them being admitted in the first place, says CIH's head of practice Debbie Larner.

29/03/2017

Blog

'We must embrace technology to house our older people effectively.'

Embracing technology will be key to make sure housing providers meet the needs of an ageing population, says Carl Atkey of Appello.

28/03/2017

Blog

Claire's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our first finalist, Claire Twamley from Cartrefi Conwy.

28/03/2017

TAI

Regulation: resist volatility, but stay reactive - TAI 2017 preview

Helen White, Chair of the Wales Regulatory Board, previews her session at TAI by taking a look at the regulatory landscape.

28/03/2017

TAI

Zero carbon aspirations - TAI 2017 development seminar preview

Colin King, associate director at BRE, looks at the challenges in developing to meet building regulations, and zero carbon aspirations - Colin will be speaking at the TAI 2017 development seminar

28/03/2017

TAI

Blog: assessing the impact of LHA caps for young people living in Scotland

Read the latest blog from CIH Scotland policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on new research by Indigo House Group into the impact of LHA caps on young people, in partnership with CIH Scotland and the Scottish Government.

24/03/2017

Blog

'Time for repairs and maintenance to take centre stage.'

Housing organisations have been forced to rethink the way they provide repairs and maintenance in the light of financial pressures, but it's not just about doing the same with less, says Richard Medley, director of assets and neighbourhoods.

22/03/2017

Blog

Changes to starter homes represents significant shift

The change to the government's policy on starter homes outlined in the housing white paper is a positive move, says policy and practice officer David Pipe.

21/03/2017

Blog

A planner's view of how we solve the housing crisis

The white paper opens up much-needed debate on housing and planning in England, but does it go far enough? Trudi Elliott, CEO of the Royal Town Planning Institute, thinks more must be done to bring about the changes we need to solve the housing crisis.

20/03/2017

Blog

'Our housing crisis is a question of supply, supply, supply. Or is it?'

Building more homes will only go so far in solving our housing crisis argues Peter Williams, one of the authors of the UK Housing Review.

16/03/2017

Blog

'If we're going to tackle homelessness we can all play a part.'

As the Homelessness Reduction Bill edges closer to becoming law we spoke to Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis about the scale of the problem and his hopes for the future.

15/03/2017

Blog

Blog: Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income offers a guaranteed level of income to every individual. In Scotland they are set to pilot the scheme in Fife. The issue was discussed at one of the keynote sessions at CIH Scotland’s #Housingfestival2017 in Glasgow’s SEC Centre. CIH Cymru Director, Matt Dicks listened into the debate which threw up a very surprising result.

14/03/2017

Blog

Housing apprenticeships: the big questions

As National Apprenticeship Week begins, Vanessa Howell, our head of professional standards, answers the big questions about the new housing apprenticeships.

06/03/2017

Blog

Four reasons housing organisations deserve to celebrate their success

As it is revealed this year's Housing Heroes Awards attracted more than double the submissions we had last year, CIH's communications manager Steve Hayes says housing organisations deserve to celebrate their success.

02/03/2017

Blog

'If social housing were a start up we'd do things rather differently.'

Consultant Ian Hembrow says it's time for housing organisations to take a serious look at how they do things to solve the UK's chronic housing shortage.

01/03/2017

Blog

'Replacing homes under the right to buy isn't working, it's time to think again.'

As housing minister Gavin Barwell says right to buy is only justifiable if replacements are built, policy officer David Pipe says it's time for the government to seriously rethink the policy.

28/02/2017

Blog

'To tackle homelessness we must first understand the data.'

Ahead of the launch of the UK Housing Review, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves looks at what the homelessness figures can tell us about the issue.

28/02/2017

Blog

Blog: letting agents need to get in gear

As the Scottish Government publishes new guidance on the registration of letting agents in Scotland, CIH Scotland's new blog highlights the importance of planning ahead for the September 2018 deadline.

27/02/2017

Blog

'We won't build enough homes if we just carry on doing the same things.'

The government has committed to solving the housing crisis and in its housing white paper it sets out a number of measures to get us building more homes. But do the measures go far enough and how will the sector significantly increase the amount of homes it builds? We spoke to Melanie Leech, the chief executive of the British Property Federation, to find out more.

27/02/2017

Blog

'Brexit means we have to build fewer houses' ... or does it?

Ahead of the launch of the UK Housing Review we will be running a series of blogs trailing its content. In the first of these John Perry, our senior policy advisor, looks at whether some of the claims made about the likely impact of Brexit on housing demand stack up.

23/02/2017

Blog

Homelessness: what can you do differently to make a difference?

In her latest blog our president Julie Fadden talks about her time as president and challenges housing organisations to change their thinking and take action to tackle homelessness.

23/02/2017

Blog

Six things we learned from Gavin Barwell's housing white paper event

Housing minister Gavin Barwell came to Birmingham yesterday as part of his regional tour of events to meet housing professionals to discuss the housing white paper. Policy and practice officer David Pipe looks at six things we learned from the minister.

22/02/2017

Blog

'We resolved crises of housing and poverty before, we can do it again.'

In our final exclusive comment piece as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Richard Rawes, chairman of the Webb Memorial Trust, says we can resolve the crises of poverty and housing with the right impetus.

17/02/2017

Blog

Six things the government needs to consider about supported housing funding

As the first stage of the government's consultation on a new funding framework for supported housing closes, senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis details our six key concerns.

15/02/2017

Blog

'We must not overlook the value of sheltered housing'

As the government's consultation on a new funding structure for supported housing ends, Bruce Moore, the chief executive of Housing & Care 21, says it must not overlook the 300,000 older people who live in sheltered housing.

14/02/2017

Blog

Is the 'right to rent' right?

Matt Kennedy takes a look at the right to rent scheme following the publication of a report marking one year from its roll-out in England.

13/02/2017

Blog

Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector, argues Seb Klier, from Generation Rent, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

13/02/2017

Blog

'We must not leave our suburbs behind'

A suburban renaissance will be key to solving our housing crisis, says Paul Hunter from the Smith Institute, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

09/02/2017

Blog

Four steps to housing heaven? The government's housing White Paper

Following the publication of the long-awaited housing White Paper this week, CIH head of policy Melanie Rees gives her thoughts on what's significant for the sector.

09/02/2017

Blog

Tenant participation – overcoming the challenges

Ahead of the upcoming CIH lunch and learn event focusing on tenant participation in the social housing sector, Martin Downey, community involvement officer with Helm Housing, takes a look at some of the challenges around tenant participation.

08/02/2017

Blog

New director starts at CIH Cymru

Matt Dicks started as director of CIH Cymru on 6 February 2017 - here he shares his views on starting, the job at hand, and listening to members.

07/02/2017

Blog

‘Local solutions are needed for local problems.’

In the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Jennifer Line explores what community-led housing has to offer in response to the housing crisis.

07/02/2017

Blog

‘We must build communities, not just new homes.’

In the latest of our exclusive articles, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Ruth Davidson from the National Housing Federation explains creating communities, and not just building homes, is crucial to tackle poverty.

06/02/2017

Blog

‘We must listen to children if we’re really going to tackle poverty’

The experiences of children in poverty should guide our approach to tackling poverty, argues social policy analyst Rys Farthing in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

03/02/2017

Blog

Housing equals infrastructure: a step forward

Matt Kennedy looks at the outcomes of the Welsh Assembly's economy infrastructure and skills committee, with a close eye on housing's status as a part of national infrastructure.

01/02/2017

Blog

‘The best way to predict your future is create it’

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, says the sector must do more to prepare for the challenges which lie ahead in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

01/02/2017

Blog

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

Sarah Daly, director of strategic sustainability and partnerships, Sustainable Homes, says more must be done to end fuel poverty in the latest of our exclusive articles, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

31/01/2017

Blog

Housing policy proposals are 'just tinkering with the problem'

Duncan Bowie, senior lecturer in spatial planning at the University of Westminster, argues for a fundamental change in housing policy in the latest in a series of exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

30/01/2017

Blog

'Intervention needed' to reduce welfare bill without causing more poverty

Toby Lloyd from Shelter explores the need for government intervention to reduce the welfare bill and tackle poverty in today's exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

27/01/2017

Blog

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

In today's exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Peter Kenway from the New Policy Institute examines the relationship between the growth of private sector renting and poverty.

26/01/2017

Blog

Rough sleeping: time to overhaul the way we understand homelessness?

As the latest official rough sleeping figures show the number of people on the streets in England has gone up for the sixth consecutive year, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves says it is time to overhaul the way homelessness is monitored and recorded.

25/01/2017

Blog

Members say CIH has improved across the board in survey

An annual survey of CIH's members has revealed they think CIH has improved across the organisation. Head of membership Claire Spendley talks about the survey and our plans to continue to improve in 2017.

23/01/2017

Blog

All change in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector

The Department for Communities (DfC) has published its proposals for change to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option. CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright takes a look at the sector and the department’s proposals.

18/01/2017

Blog

Ten things to look out for in housing in 2017

CIH's head of practice Debbie Larner runs through her ten things to look out for in housing in 2017.

18/01/2017

Blog

Right to buy and right to acquire – the beginning of the end

Every indication is that right to buy and right to acquire will end in Wales within this Assembly term. Indeed, we know from the programme for government that a bill to abolish the right to buy is a legislative priority, and will likely be brought forward this year. Implementation might take two to three years to be fully rolled out, so where does that leave housing professionals in the interim? Jon Barnes, communications officer at CIH Cymru, takes a look.

16/01/2017

Blog

Finalists announced for remaining CIH professional awards categories

Ahead of the CIH housing awards in Belfast, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, discusses the finalists for the CIH housing professional award and the young professional of the year.

13/01/2017

Blog

Three wishes for housing in 2017

As we enter 2017 at a critical time for housing our head of policy Melanie Rees explains her three wishes for the sector.

11/01/2017

Blog

'Winning a CIH Regional Award gave me a sense of achievement'

As the CIH Regional Awards 2017 launch we spoke to Patrycja Glomska who went on to success at the Housing Heroes Awards in 2016 as a result of scooping a CIH South West Award.

09/01/2017

Blog

TAI 2017 - Time to deliver

Time to deliver; no, it’s not the name of Postman Pat’s debut hip hop album, but the theme for this year’s TAI conference. We take a look at the thinking behind the theme, and what you can expect to see at conference this year.

06/01/2017

TAI

Coping with floods: one year on from Storm Desmond

As the forecast suggests more wet and windy conditions could be on the way, Niki Walton from CIH's policy and practice team takes a look back to how housing organisations handled the floods last December.

22/12/2016

Blog

Programme for government

CIH director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden says it’s ‘business as usual with a few twists’ for housing, as she gives an overview of the programme for government.

21/12/2016

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Webinar follow-up: The WDH approach to income management M

Hear about WDH's award-winning approach to income management, how the organisation uses automation to drive performance and results and how it is changing its services to meet customers' needs.

08/12/2017

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'I'm proud to work for an organisation which makes such a difference."

In our latest Meet the Member feature we spoke to member champion Laura Wood, group lead for PR and communications at North Star.

04/12/2017

Feature

Webinar follow up: Game changing pilots, transforming lives M

Bromford's John Wade and Carole Clark outline their approach to innovation and change.

24/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Nick Atkin M

Missed the instagram live session with Nick Atkin? Watch Nick's presentation on the future workplace, the rise of self serve and making yourself heard.

24/11/2017

Feature

The WDH approach to income management

Our business intelligence has enabled us to take a controlled approach to the range of welfare reforms affecting our customers.

20/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Christopher Irons M

Missed the instagram live session with Christopher Irons? Listen to Christopher's housing story, rising stars and why younger professionals need to have their say.

17/11/2017

Feature

'If you don’t explore, you'll never find.'

Being willing to try out ideas is a key part of discovering the best housing innovations, says John Wade, director of strategy at Bromford.

14/11/2017

Feature

Webinar follow up: Increasing security in the private rented sector M

Is it time to reopen the debate on increasing security in the private rented sector?

14/11/2017

Feature

Webinar follow up: Transforming care, the role of supported housing in meeting the national agenda M

This webinar will explore Look Ahead’s experience over the last two years delivering services for individuals with high-level learning disabilities, associated mental health and other complex needs and behaviour that challenges.

07/11/2017

Feature

Triple training success for GEM programme

More than 30 young people have been recruited onto an award-winning graduate development programme.

07/11/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Gemma Stockdale M

Missed the instagram live session with Gemma Stockdale? Find out all the new Under 30's membership rate. #fivepoundfuture

03/11/2017

Feature

Webinar follow up: Universal credit - what housing providers need to know (Northern Ireland) M

Policy and practice officer Sam Lister, will explore key issues raised by the introduction of universal credit in Northern Ireland and help housing providers prepare for the changes.

01/11/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Julie Fadden M

Missed the instagram live session with Julie Fadden? Find out all about her inspiring career journey in housing, leadership advice and learning from your journey.

27/10/2017

Feature

Webinar follow up: The power of campaigns - UK Housing Award Special M

Steve Hayes, CIH communications manager and Northern Ireland Housing Executive head of communications Jonathan Blease track the peace walls campaign from its conception through to its skilful implementation.

27/10/2017

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'No single organisation has the answer to reducing homelessness .'

No single organisation has the answer to reducing homelessness – but Homelessness Awareness Week was a reminder of what we can achieve when we work together, says Chris Stocks, homeless strategy and partnership lead at Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council.

26/10/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Geeta Nanda M

Missed the instagram live session with Geeta Nanda? Find out all about her career journey in housing, leadership advice and what it takes to get to the top.

20/10/2017

Feature

Graduates get together for seminar on 21st century communities

National building contractor United Living in partnership with the GEM Programme hosted 22 graduates from across the housing sector in the UK to look at the role of 21st century communities.

20/10/2017

Feature

Webinar follow up: Housing's role in effective hospital discharge, and wider health and wellbeing services M

Recap on the critical role of housing organisations in achieving effective hospital discharge, hearing from Kelly Webb, assistant director for health and housing needs from First Choice Homes Oldham. You will hear about their hospital to homes service, how they developed the service, and how it is working and new services developing with primary and social care partners to support health and wellbeing through healthy homes.

18/10/2017

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What can housing do to ease the ever-increasing pressure on our National Health Service?

Kelly Webb, assistant director for health and housing needs at First Choice Homes Oldham, explains what the organisation’s hospital discharge service is doing to help.

18/10/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Jonathan Barnes M

Missed the instagram live session with Jon Barnes? Listen to Jon's story about how CIH Cymru put together their Housing Festival event by getting outside the comfort zone and challenging norms.

13/10/2017

Feature

Council housing team boosts skills with CIH qualifications

More than 35 housing professionals at Hull City Council have achieved CIH qualifications as part of a two-year bespoke training programme. We spoke to neighbourhoods and housing practice manager Ria Toutountzi to find out how the council and its staff will benefit.

12/10/2017

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Webinar follow up: Preparing for universal credit live full service M

This webinar reviews the main differences between live and full services. Priya and Yoric, policy and practice officers will outline the problems which are being faced by organisations in areas where full service has already been rolled out, and give examples of best practice in how to prepare for these problems.

11/10/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Evie Copland M

Missed the instagram live session with Evie Copland? Find out all about her career journey in housing and advise.

06/10/2017

Feature

Webinar: The value of accredited housing professionals M

Employees, you may have completed qualifications to become an expert, but do you feel that some of your talent and knowledge is wasted? Employers, do you fully utilise the skill set you have within your organisations? Gain insight as to how both sides can benefit from an awareness of the talent harnessed within your business.

03/10/2017

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Webinar: The 2018 UK Housing Awards: why enter, what to enter and how to make your work shine

The UK Housing Awards, run by CIH and Inside Housing, are the biggest and best in the housing sector - winning is a mark of quality and opens up a range of opportunities to showcase your work as the very best the housing sector has to offer. But with stiff competition, knowing which work you should enter and making sure your award submission does it justice is extremely challenging.

27/09/2017

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Webinar: Outstanding approach to tenant involvement M

Hear from communications and marketing manager Sarah Thomas and Phoenix Community resident board member Gail Nicholas, on how tenants play a major role in shaping Phoenix's services and steering its overall direction, and what your organisation could learn from its award-winning approach.

26/09/2017

Feature

Webinar: How to support others to develop their careers M

Hear from Rosemary McLean, director of Career Innovation as she shares some of the tried and tested approaches that will help you to identify how you can support the careers of others in the context of your organisation and the wider trends in work and careers.

12/09/2017

Feature

Webinar: What is the housing offer for young people? M

Recap on the positive pathways for supporting young people out of homelessness and preventing it in the first place.

06/09/2017

Feature

Webinar: UK Housing Award Winner Nottingham City Council - Outstanding strategic local authority of the year M

Recap on Nottingham City Council’s focus on health and housing, approach to homelessness prevention and inclusivity of its strategic housing network ‘Nottingham Nouse’ as they won the strategic local authority of the year category in this year’s UK Housing Awards.

11/08/2017

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A strategic housing team doesn't build houses; it enables supports and encourages them to be built by a range of partners

We spoke to housing strategy and partnership manager, Graham Demax at Nottingham City Council ahead of their webinar on 10 August to talk about winning the award 'Outstanding strategic local authority of the year' as part of the UK Housing Award Winners.

17/07/2017

Feature

Webinar: Supporting tenants to pay their rent M

Recap on early intervention, basic budgeting, advice and support and maximising income, the key points to supporting tenants to pay their rent.

14/07/2017

Feature

Webinar: Housing law update M

Recap on the developments in housing law.

06/07/2017

Feature

Webinar: Housing first M

This webinar will explore the national Housing First England project and will lay out the background, evidence base, key principles and an overview of how the approach is being used across England.

03/07/2017

Feature

Webinar: Meeting housing need M

This webinar will explore how local authorities and housing associations are working together in the current policy environment to meet housing needs. It will look at how they are working to deliver the step up in supply and ensure that development is targeted towards regional/ local needs, as well as tackling homelessness.

22/06/2017

Feature

Webinar: Civil injunctions - two years on M

This webinar will examine the civil injunction two years after it came into force and how it has been used in tackling anti-social behaviour.

19/06/2017

Feature

CIH vice president and vice chair recognised in Queen's birthday honours

CIH vice president Alison Inman and governing board vice chair Geraldine Howley have both been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

17/06/2017

Feature

Apprenticeships: what's an end point assessment and why do housing organisations need to know?

Housing apprenticeships in England are changing. As NVQs leave stage left, end point assessments enter stage right. CIH education manager Sarah Pallett explains what housing organisations training apprentices need to know.

14/06/2017

Feature

Housing staff in the swim for charity

Five colleagues from Bradford housing group Incommunities have taken the plunge into the icy waters of Lake Windermere to round off five months of charity fundraising.

12/06/2017

Feature

Webinar: Social homes and public perceptions: What housing professionals can do to challenge stigma M

Social housing faces a huge amount of stigma; from negative stories and documentaries in the mainstream media, to communities challenging the development of affordable housing.

07/06/2017

Feature

Housing professionals take the plunge for Crisis

Staff at Bradford housing group Incommunities are taking the plunge in support of national homeless charity Crisis and are inviting businesses and housing partners to back them.

07/06/2017

Feature

Meet new team member Ruth Cullen as she settles into her role as customer services coordinator

We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our new customer services coordinator, Ruth Cullen and tell you about some of the exciting initiatives that we are putting in place for our members in Northern Ireland.

02/06/2017

Feature

Presentations from Making the rental strategy work

Here you can upload pdfs from each of the presentations at the conference

30/05/2017

Feature

Presentations from Living in the city

Below you'll find presentations from CIH Northern Ireland's Living in the city seminar

26/05/2017

Feature

Webinar: Apprenticeships - bringing through tomorrow's housing professionals M

Housing apprenticeships are changing - find out what the changes will mean for your organisation and how you can use them to develop the next generation of talent.

24/05/2017

Feature

General Election 2017: Housing and welfare infographic

Get up to speed with what each of the three main political parties are saying on housing and welfare with our manifesto infographic.

24/05/2017

Feature

Webinar: What might the General Election mean for housing? M

CIH head of policy Melanie Rees analyses what the main parties are promising on housing ahead of the snap General Election on 8 June.

23/05/2017

Feature

'Shared ownership should be a core part of the sector's offer.'

Shared ownership is no longer a niche product, says Rooftop Housing Group chief executive Boris Worrall, as his organisation becomes the latest to sign up to our shared ownership charter.

23/05/2017

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A shared future

A new charter for shared ownership has the potential to transform the tenure and the experience of customers, says Paul Richards, executive director of customer services at Orbit.

16/05/2017

Feature

Webinar: Shared housing options M

This webinar explores the policy context as to why there is a growing need for a shared housing offer from social landlords.

11/05/2017

Feature

Meet the member: Mark Hillary, FCIH

We caught up with CIH fellow Mark Hillary, CIH/CHS tutor to find out why fellowship has been such an important career move for him.

11/05/2017

Feature

Webinar: Social media networking: progressing your career through digital M

In this webinar Paul Taylor will guide you through the essential steps of building an online brand and using it to influence others.

05/05/2017

Feature

'Being part of CIH's presidential team is a brilliant chance to make a difference'

As the search to find CIH’s new vice president begins we spoke to current vice president Alison Inman to find out what she’s enjoyed most about the role and more.

05/05/2017

Feature

Webinar: Shared ownership: charter for excellence M

Recap on what a good approach to shared ownership looks like – including marketing, sales and management.

25/04/2017

Feature

Webinar: Future funding of supported housing: why we can't afford to get supported housing funding wrong  M

Recap on the key aspects of the future funding of supported housing.

13/04/2017

Feature

Webinar: Disrepair despair: don’t be an easy target M

Recap on the different aspects of repair despair

07/04/2017

Feature

An update from CIH's South East board chair

Anne Chapman, the chair of our South East board, gives an update on what's been happening in the region.

04/04/2017

Feature

CIH South East Awards bigger and better than ever

The CIH South East Awards were back for 2017 and this year we had with more applications than ever!

04/04/2017

Feature

Meet the member: Aboubacar Sylla, Cert CIH

We caught up with CIH certified practitioner Aboubacar Sylla, service charge officer at Yorkshire Coast Homes to find out the importance of CIH membership for him.

30/03/2017

Feature

Webinar: Fixed term tenancies – how and why are they being used? M

Recap on the different approaches to using fixed terms – what are landlords trying to achieve and how and the practical challenges and lessons that can learnt.

29/03/2017

Feature

Webinar video: Understanding hoarding M

Find out more about exclusive webinar with John Kavanagh, tenancy support officer, Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT)

28/03/2017

Feature

Webinar: Fixed term tenancies – how and why are they being used? M

Recap on the different approaches to using fixed terms – what are landlords trying to achieve and how and the practical challenges and lessons that can learnt.

22/03/2017

Feature

Meet the member: Emma Lindley, FCIH

We caught up with CIH fellow Emma Lindley, quality and standards manager at East Midlands Housing Association to find out why CIH membership has been such an important career move for her.

16/03/2017

Feature

Webinar: White Paper M

Recap on the key headlines from the housing White Paper with deputy chief executive Gavin Smart.

07/03/2017

Feature

Top five tips to make your award submission stand out

The deadline for our regional awards and the Housing Heroes Awards have both been extended but fierce competition means it's really important that you do your work justice. Steve Hayes, communications manager at CIH, gives his top tips on how to make sure your submission stands out.

17/02/2017

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I didn’t realise how much I had to say before I joined the conversation

Ahead of The Big Conversation event taking place in Brighton in March we caught up with Dave Gibson, project planner at Lumia Homes, to find out what he made of the recent Leeds event.

16/02/2017

Feature

Webinar: Introducing the new housing apprenticeships M

Recap on the key differences between the new apprenticeship standards and the previous apprenticeship frameworks as well as focussing on how they will work in practice and explore the key benefits of an apprenticeship for both employers and apprentices as well as explaining the new apprenticeship levy which comes into force in April 2017.

09/02/2017

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'Rising Stars gave me a foothold in my career, don't think about it, do it!'

With just a few weeks to go to enter CIH and Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition we spoke to last year’s winner Alice Smith, who recently joined CIH as our new business development manager, to find out about her experiences of the competition and what has happened since.

30/01/2017

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Webinar: Developing a lean culture M



25/01/2017

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Calling all Universities, are you maximising the opportunities for your students?

Many undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications contain housing content which could enable students to achieve CIH chartered member status or recognition. Shirley Morris, validation officer at CIH explains how universities can maximise the opportunities for students who are studying housing content/modules/qualifications through the CIH validation service.

20/01/2017

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Webinar: Housing allocations and meeting housing need: getting the balance right M



17/01/2017

Feature

West Mids centenary celebration 'a fitting tribute to Octavia Hill and housing'

The CIH West Midlands Board hosted a successful event to celebrate to CIH's centenary.

12/01/2017

Feature

Midlands Awards a big success

The CIH Midlands Awards attracted significant support and interest from leading housing industry organisations and individuals.

12/01/2017

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Briefing explores barriers to house building in West Midlands

A breakfast briefing hosted by CIH's West Midlands Board heard from Gavin Smart, CIH deputy chief executive and Roy Irwin, strategic policy advisor with Mears and former chief inspector for the Audit Commission, housing association CEO and local authority director

12/01/2017

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Leading diversity, making it happen

Diversity remains an issue in housing and at senior levels the sector remains pale, male and stale. So how can executives lead diversity from the top? Kate Dodsworth, executive director of people and strategy at Amicus Horizon and chair of our London board, will explore this in detail at our executive briefing on 16 January. We spoke to Kate ahead of the event to find out more.

11/01/2017

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Homes for Londoners - exec briefing

In early November CIH welcomed Jamie Ratcliffe, Assistant Director for Housing at the Greater London Authority, to talk to members about Homes for Londoners. We thought our members would be particularly interested in this subject so made sure we could report back. Below are some of the key areas covered in a lively session.

19/12/2016

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Celebration in London marks CIH centenary

On 8 and 9 December CIH hosted a series of celebrations to mark its centenary. London and South East Boards hosted a lively networking event to mark CIH at 100.

19/12/2016

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Capital Views: interview with Debansu Das

In each edition of Capital Views we catch up with a member of the London Board, this time it's the turn of Debansu Das, our communications lead.

19/12/2016

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Challenges facing London explored at London Board event

The Drink Think Tank - DTT7 - was held on 30 November with guest speaker Tom Copley, Labour Housing Spokesperson for the London Assembly.

19/12/2016

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London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

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'It was the right time to enhance my housing career prospects'

Lawrie Murphy recently finished studying towards CIH's Level 4 Certificate, a one-year vocational qualification which focuses on housing strategy, policy and theory. While he was learning, we caught up with him to see how he was getting on and find out why the Level 4 has proved vital to his career development.

29/09/2016

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Presentations from How to build an effective workforce 2016

The How to build an effective workforce event took place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at the Park Plaza hotel, Cardiff.

15/09/2016

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Autumn Statement - call for views

We need your help in our continued call for government commitment to shared ownership.

23/08/2016

Feature

Shared Ownership Week

Shared Ownership Week runs from September 15 to 21 - here's how you can get involved.

23/08/2016

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CIH events debrief papers M

Below are debrief papers from our most recent events for you to download.

01/05/2016

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The Octavia club launch

The Octavia club is a new initiative from the CIH London board, aimed at newer members and members studying for a CIH qualification.

19/04/2016

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Drink think tank 6

Drink think tanks are a forum for CIH London members to debate the key subjects and pose questions on many relevant housing issues. The sixth session in this popular series took place just before Christmas.

19/04/2016

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South East conference keynote: How affordable is affordable?

Having heard at other sessions about the supply of housing, another hot topic for debate was the issue of affordability.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: The growth deal

Within this masterclass there was an explanation about the June 2013 Spending Review which saw the government ask Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to develop multi-year local economic plans, which would then be used for negotiations on 'growth deals' with the government. These deals would see LEPs awarded funding from the single growth fund, created in the 2013 Spending Review.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: Reimagining sheltered housing

This was a lively session. Peter Huntbach of Brighton and Hove City Council spoke about applying an “asset and deficit” approach to understand residents’ needs, whilst Jo Linney of CIH provided an overview of the current risks and the links to the health and wellbeing agenda.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: What’s happening in Whitehall?

With housing having climbed high on the political agenda during recent months, delegates were keen to hear from Gaby Hinsliff - a columnist with the Guardian and former political editor with the Observer - about what needs to be done to keep it there. Gaby acknowledged that there had been a focused shift towards home ownership and that the government’s drive to build new homes does not recognise the need for more affordable housing.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Health and housing

At a time when the housing sector needs land in order to develop new homes, the surplus land held by the NHS could be an excellent partner to assist in the delivery of this increased supply.

17/03/2016

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South East conference international keynote: Detroit & Windsor - a tale of two cities

As part of the South East International Group, CIH members and guests recently visited the USA and Canada to look at large scale, inner city decline and regeneration projects. Chris Moquet, CIHSE International Group and Jerry Paffendorf, Loveland Technologies provided an overview of the visit.

17/03/2016

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South East conference international masterclass: India 2016 – a photographic tour

CIH South East International Housing arranges international visits for CIH members (and guests). To date, more than 40 visits to 15 countries on four continents and over 1,000 people have joined the visits.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Devolution - what are the opportunities?

This was a broad session which covered all aspects of devolution.

17/03/2016

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South East awards: The winners

During the conference, more than 200 people celebrated the achievement of those who had submitted entries for the CIH South East awards.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Walk tall – Simon Weston CBE

Looking back to 1982, the war between Britain and Argentina following the latter’s invasion of the Falkland Islands seems some time ago.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: Developing a commercial approach

This was a jam-packed session where David Montagu from L&Q, Sharron Webster from Trowers and Hamlins and Matt Vosper, Secure Parking and Storage covered a range of diverse models which could be applied to develop a commercial approach.

17/03/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Planning for the next generation - attracting and motivating Generation Y  M

Find out more about how we can prepare for the next generation of housing professionals in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Frontline futures - a changing mindset for service delivery M

Find out how frontline roles are changing in this member-only webinar

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Building your organisation's future leaders now M

Find out more about how to create the housing leaders of the future in this member-exclusive video.

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Perfecting the pitch - packaging housing for politicians and voters  M

Find out more about how to package an easy-to-understand and compelling message in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/02/2016

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Board member recruitment

Could you be a CIH East Midlands board member?

22/02/2016

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Breakfast briefing summary – January 26, Hinckley

CIH East Midlands hosted a well-attended breakfast briefing in January. We were pleased to have CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat present to offer a frank assessment of where she sees the challenges for housing professionals in these days of seismic change for the sector.

22/02/2016

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CIH Presidential dinner

In February, ten representatives from the East Midlands attended the CIH Presidential dinner at the Natural History Museum, London. This was a great opportunity to network with others and to hear from speakers, including CIH President Geraldine Howley and John Healey MP.

22/02/2016

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Lunch and learn: repairs and maintenance – event summary

In November the East Midlands board held a ‘lunch and learn’ event which focused on the subject of delivering repairs and maintenance in the new landscape.

22/02/2016

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Get engaged!

There are many benefits to being a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing - as a member you have access to a wide range of information and resources, including guides and briefings full of practical tips and access to member-only webinars on hot housing topics.

12/02/2016

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Get on board!

From 15 February 2016, the West Midlands board will be actively seeking to appoint new board members for a three year term of office.

12/02/2016

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West Midlands board member profile: Neil Jackson

We hear from WM regional board member, Neil, whose links between housing and acting make for an interesting mix.

12/02/2016

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Health in All Policies - what's it all about?

Did you know that 50 per cent of the factors which determine the quality of a person’s health are social, economic and political? Taking healthy life expectancy as an example, people in the poorest neighbourhoods live on average seven years less long than those in the richest areas and can expect to live with 17 years of life-limiting illness.

12/02/2016

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Legal update - an overview

The West Midlands regional board's first event of the year was the very popular 'legal update', held at Stafford & Rural Homes. The presentation was delivered by Paul Lloyd of Whiteheads Solicitors and the event attracted over 60 enthusiastic delegates. The update covered many of the main pieces of legislation and case law which have been implemented in the past twelve months as well as looking at what is on the horizon for the housing sector.

12/02/2016

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Presentations from PRS Summit 2015

Check out the presentations from the PRS Summit 2105 which took place on 15 July at the Future Inn, Cardiff Bay

17/07/2015

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Leading diversity by 2020 - the challenges

CIH's Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity is calling on housing organisations to sign up to and deliver against 10 challenges by 2020.

24/06/2015

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OneCIH 2015 presentations M

Copies of available presentations delivered at OneCIH 2015

12/06/2015

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Webinar video: Building your resilience M

Find out more about the member excluisve webinar with Ann Burton.

14/05/2015

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Webinar video: Social value – What is it, how do we measure it and how do we build it into our work? M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Perry, CIH Policy Advisor

28/04/2015

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Webinar video: General election 2015 – what will it mean for housing?  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with David Pipe, CIH Policy and Practice Officer.

23/04/2015

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CIH Eastern region conference - save the dates

This year’s conference will be held on 10 - 12 November so make sure you save the dates as it promises to be better than ever!

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: New care home for Bedford

Bedford Citizens Housing Association (BCHA) is in phase one of its £11 million redevelopment located in Kimbolton Road, Bedford.

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Next lunch & learn events

We have another round of lunch & learns coming up in May so here’s some advance warning of the dates.

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: £150k to help local people into work

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP has invested £150,000 into three voluntary and social enterprises to help get local people back into paid work.

09/04/2015

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Building your resilience for success at work

This free short webinar, exclusive to CIH members is designed to help members in their career and support them to succeed. The webinar will be held on Thursday 14 May 11am - for up to one hour.

09/04/2015

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Stephen Cook - Just the job!

Vice President candidate Stephen Cook discusses the contribution housing associations make to the wider economy.

20/03/2015

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Julie Fadden: Our welfare system should provide for the most vulnerable in society

Vice President candidate Julie Fadden shares her views on the bedroom tax.

20/03/2015

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Webinar video:Understanding hoarding disorder M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Jack Moore and Dominique Blundell.

19/02/2015

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Webinar video: How to…promote mobility among existing tenants  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith CIH Specialist Advisor.

29/01/2015

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Webinar Video: Effective responses to anti-social behaviour  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Chris Grose, Head of ASB Advisory Services at Capsticks solicitors and Dave Lockerman, Head of Housing Management at B3Living

21/01/2015

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Webinar video: Voids... Voids... Voids M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill, CIH Senior Policy Advisor

13/01/2015

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Points West: My time as a housing apprentice

CIH South West’s youngest board member Jordan McKenna shares his experience starting out as a housing apprentice at Cirencester Housing

19/12/2014

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The new ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – opportunities and challenges

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has been three to four years in the making, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that all of the relevant partners are on board and ready to go with the new tools.

19/12/2014

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Points West: Homes for Britain – help us end the housing crisis in a generation

The next general election is the time to make it happen. That is why organisations from across every corner of the housing world have joined forces to create the Homes for Britain campaign.

19/12/2014

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Points West: The Other Housing Event

The seventh CIH SW ‘Other Housing Event’ took place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay on 20 -21 November. This popular two-day event was well attended by frontline housing professionals working in the south west and expertly chaired by BBC News home editor, Mark Easton.

19/12/2014

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Points West: CIH SW Conference and Exhibition 15 – 17 April 2015

2015 will be an exciting year for CIH SW’s popular annual showcase event, with a new focus and brand new venue.

19/12/2014

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EM Update: Membership benefits

During 2014 CIH has introduced even more benefits for being a member - some of the most popular benefits where you live included free regional events (including the first ever East Midlands student conference) and free webinars on topics including equality and diversity and tenant scrutiny.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: What does the East Midlands housing crisis look like?

CIH and NHF have both recently published reports that give valuable insight into the housing crisis facing the East Midlands as a whole, but also how this varies from one authority area to another.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: Health and housing event

In November, the East Midlands Board held a very successful event on the topic of health and housing in Kettering.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: 50 years a CIH member!

This year, East Midlands Board Member David Greatorex celebrates 50 years as a member of CIH – we asked him to share his membership journey with us.

18/12/2014

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Member election panel survey M

Take a look at the results of our recent Member Election Panel survey, showing which our members thought were the best and worst policies for housing from the three main parties.

11/12/2014

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Webinar video: General election 2015 – our hopes for housing M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with David Pipe CIH Policy & Practice Officer

26/11/2014

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Webinar video: Holiday Pay – Should you be changing your arrangements M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive video with Matthew Wort, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

25/11/2014

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Webinar video: Lean Business Improvement  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Julian Beaney, Business Services Director of Service Matters.

12/11/2014

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Webinar video: Creating sustainable tenancies M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith Specialist Advisor in the CIH’s Making Best Use of Stock team and Sharon France New Tenancy Manager, Wakefield and District Housing

05/11/2014

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Webinar video: Careers webinar – my path into housing

Find out more about this webinar with Elly Hoult, Business Improvement Manager, Orbit Group and Angela Ellis, Head of Community Investment, Raven Housing Trust

22/09/2014

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Webinar video: Progressing your career M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Wendy Murphy of the Centre for Mentoring and Coaching

22/09/2014

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Webinar video: How to increase demand for Hard to Let properties M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Fleur Priest-Stephens specialist advisor, and the manager of the making best use of stock (MBUS) team at CIH.

10/09/2014

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Webinar video: Tenant Scrutiny - getting it right M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill, Senior Policy and Practice and Learning officer at CIH, Andrew Shaw, “Lead Scrutineer” – Halton Housing Trust and Mark Harvey, Housing Services Manager – Halton Housing Trust

09/09/2014

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Webinar video: New Approaches to Allocations M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Josie Wainwright CIH Specialist Advisor and David Taylor, Director for Customer and Communities at Midland Heart

20/08/2014

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Webinar video: Embedding Social Value into Purchasing Activities M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Gary Stephens, Procurement Director, Orbit Services

06/08/2014

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