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Press releases

Read our latest news and access an archive of our press releases from across the UK. If you would like more information on anything you have read please contact our press team.


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Election 'an ideal opportunity to look pragmatically at housing crisis' 

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has said an early election would be an ideal opportunity to look pragmatically at solving the housing crisis.

19/04/2017

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Getting a handle on housing 

CIH Cymru has launched a campaign aimed at getting local council election candidates to focus on housing issues ahead of polling day on 4 May.

13/04/2017

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CIH campaign to help members ensure local council candidates have a handle on housing 

CIH Scotland are urging members to take the opportunity to challenge campaigning local council election candidates on their housing priorities over the next few weeks to ensure they have a handle on housing issues specific to their area.

13/04/2017

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New housing research centre will make 'a very real difference' 

A new £7.5 million housing research centre will make ‘a very real difference’ in our understanding of the challenges facing housing in the UK.

06/04/2017

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Getting planning system right 'crucial' to meeting 50,000 affordable homes target 

Successful reform of Scotland’s planning system will be crucial if the Scottish Government’s target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by the end of the current Scottish Parliament is to be met.

04/04/2017

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Gap between LHA and rents putting private rents 'out of reach' 

The gap between the help with housing costs that young, single people in the private sector get and their rents is making housing virtually inaccessible, new research has revealed.

31/03/2017

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2017 Scottish Housing Day aims to help public make informed choices 

This year’s official Scottish Housing Day will take place on Thursday the 21st September, it has been announced.

28/03/2017

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Passage of bill ‘hugely positive’ as figures reveal continued scale of homelessness 

CIH has welcomed the news that the Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Lords as new figures reveal the continued scale of the problem.

23/03/2017

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Housing 'has critical role' in addressing dementia as new Scottish cases forecast to reach almost 20,000 by 2020 

The housing sector has a critical role to play in meeting the needs of people living with dementia as the number of individuals diagnosed with the condition annually is predicted to rise to 19,473 by 2020.

15/03/2017

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New research shows high tenant satisfaction with mid-market rent 

New research commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with Wheatley Group has found high levels of satisfaction among tenants living in mid-market rent properties in Scotland.

15/03/2017

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Housing Minister launches scrutiny guide for social tenants and landlords 

A best practice guide to embedding tenant scrutiny in social housing has been officially launched today (Tuesday 14th March) by Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart.

14/03/2017

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CIH Scotland appoints three new board members 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIH Scotland) has today (Tuesday 14th March) confirmed the appointment of three new board members as their annual housing festival gets underway at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

14/03/2017

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CIH approved as a main apprenticeship provider 

CIH has been approved as a main apprenticeship training provider for the new housing and property management apprenticeships.

14/03/2017

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Housing body adds voice to growing concerns over Universal Credit roll-out impact and costs 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIH Scotland) has added its voice to growing concerns about the negative social impact and spiralling costs of implementing Universal Credit.

13/03/2017

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Time for radical thinking on the future of social security in Scotland? 

CIH Scotland executive director Annie Mauger writes for the Herald on the future of social security in Scotland.

13/03/2017

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Budget ‘early missed opportunity’ to take forward housing agenda 

The deputy chief executive of CIH has described today's budget announcement as a 'missed opportunity'.

08/03/2017

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Ambition to solve housing crisis 'impossible' if funding balance continues 

The government’s ambition to solve the housing crisis will not be possible if an imbalance in housing funding continues, CIH has said, as new figures reveal just £8 billion of the £51 billion earmarked for housing up to 2021 will directly fund affordable homes.

03/03/2017

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Best in housing celebrated at annual awards 

People who work in housing and homelessness across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have been recognised for their contribution to local communities at a prestigious awards ceremony.

02/03/2017

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CIH Scotland welcomes new Scottish Government guidance on registration of letting agents 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has welcomed the publication today (27 February 2017) of new guidance from the Scottish Government on the registration of letting agents

27/02/2017

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New inquiry into lower benefit cap welcomed 

CIH has welcomed the announcement that the Work and Pensions Committee will be conducting an inquiry into the effects of the lower benefit cap.

24/02/2017

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More than 140 attend housing white paper event with minister 

More than 140 housing professionals attended an event arranged by housing minister Gavin Barwell and jointly hosted by CIH to discuss the housing white paper.

21/02/2017

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Housing professionals invited to share views with minister at events 

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is inviting housing professionals to join him to share their views on the housing white paper at a series of regional events.

16/02/2017

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'We need a diverse house building model to solve the housing crisis.' 

Government must support all kinds of house builders to build the homes we need, says Kate Henderson, the chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

15/02/2017

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Supported housing for older people 'should be excluded from new proposals until 2022' 

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022 – CIH has said in its response to the government's consultation.

14/02/2017

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CIH Scotland comments on social tenants in Scotland statistics 

New statistics on social tenants in Scotland (2015) have been released today (14 February 2017) by the Scottish Government.

14/02/2017

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The Big Picture photography competition winners unveiled in exhibition 

The winners of The Big Picture - CIH's centenary photography competition to showcase the value of housing - were unveiled to hundreds of housing professionals at an exhibition at our presidential dinner.

08/02/2017

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'Time to make council housing a big part of the solution to the housing crisis' 

The building of new council homes should be a key part of solving our housing crisis, argues Martin Wheatley, from the campaign for social housing (SHOUT), in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

08/02/2017

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Tale of two cities: more homes being built but homelessness is getting worse 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said “Today’s statistics highlight the two very different sides to our housing market. More houses are being built but increasing numbers of people are unable to maintain a home.

07/02/2017

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'Important shift' in housing policy but more still needed to support those who need housing most  

• CIH welcomes positive moves in white paper to address lack of supply and crucial recognition of role of local authorities • ‘Housing still remains out of reach for a significant number of people’ – chief executive Terrie Alafat says • Calls for government to back measures with extra funding in budget

07/02/2017

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Achievements in housing to be recognised at annual awards night 

People who work in housing and homelessness are to be recognised at an awards ceremony for their contribution to local communities.

31/01/2017

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CIH Scotland comments on new Scottish household projections 

Newly published 2014-based figures projecting the number and type of households there will be in Scotland by 2039 were published today (31st January) by the National Records of Scotland.

31/01/2017

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'Housing must be central to efforts to tackle poverty' 

In the first of a number of exclusive articles which shine a light on the link between poverty and housing, Brian Robson, from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, argues housing must be at the heart of any plan to solve poverty in the UK.

25/01/2017

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CIH calls on government to introduce new standards for private rented sector  

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes, the Chartered Institute of Housing has said.

25/01/2017

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Shared ownership now seen as a key route onto housing ladder  

Shared ownership is now seen as one of the key ways to get onto the housing ladder, a report launched by CIH and Orbit today reveals.

24/01/2017

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Exclusive series of expert comment pieces will profile poverty and housing crisis  

Tackling poverty and our housing crisis will be the focus of a series of exclusive articles from leading experts in housing, social policy and economics which will be published by CIH as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

20/01/2017

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Nearly 250,000 of the cheapest rented homes will be lost between 2012 and 2020 

Measures to support the building of new affordable rented homes is ‘desperately needed’, the Chartered Institute of Housing has said after it predicted nearly 250,000 of the cheapest rented homes could be lost between 2012 and 2020.

18/01/2017

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CIH Scotland comments on new Scottish homelessness statistics 

CIH Scotland has commented on new figures on homelessness in Scotland, published today (17 January 2017) by the Scottish Government.

17/01/2017

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CIH welcomes proposed changes to private renting 

An independent housing panel to deal with disputes between private tenants and landlords would be mutually beneficial, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland. The organisation is also supporting new checks on property conditions, saying it will help to boost standards.

10/01/2017

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Chartered Institute of Housing appoints new director in Wales 

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Matt Dicks will take up his new role in early 2017.

20/12/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on draft Scottish Budget 

CIH Scotland has commented on the draft Scottish Budget for 2017-18, presented today (15th December) to the Scottish Parliament by Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.

15/12/2016

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Rise in homelessness has ‘become predictable’ - response to latest figures 

Latest homelessness figures show increase in the number of homeless households and a 9 per cent climb in the number of households living in temporary accommodation last quarter, compared to the same period in 2015.

15/12/2016

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CIH joins International Ethics Standards Coalition 

CIH has joined a new international coalition which has published the first set of globally-recognised ethics standards for real-estate and related professional organisations.

14/12/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland welcomes plans to reverse reclassification of housing associations 

Communities Minister Paul Givan has published a plan to reverse reclassification of housing associations, launching a consultation on the legislative changes needed to ensure housing associations remain as independent social enterprises.

14/12/2016

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Gypsy sites 'should be central part of tackling housing crisis' - new report 

Providing Gypsy and Traveller sites should be made a central part of tackling the UK’s housing crisis, a report released today says.

13/12/2016

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Housing Heroes Awards 2017 now open 

Entries for the Housing Heroes Awards, which recognise the outstanding individuals and teams in housing, are now open.

12/12/2016

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Century of CIH and professional housing marked in style 

A century of CIH and professional housing was marked in style at a series of centenary events across the UK.

12/12/2016

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New regeneration strategy welcome but more funding needed 

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of CIH, has welcomed the additional funding announced in the government's regeneration strategy but says more will be needed for regeneration to reach its potential to deliver the homes we need.

08/12/2016

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Separate regulator 'will create robust backdrop for more house building' 

CIH has welcomed the government's plans to separate the regulator from the Homes and Communities Agency.

01/12/2016

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CIH Cymru welcome extra £30m to support affordable housing target 

Today, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant announced an extra £30m to support the delivery of the 20,000 affordable homes target.

01/12/2016

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Roundtable explores how regeneration could help tackle housing crisis  

MPs and leading professionals came together to explore how regeneration could be a key part of tackling the housing crisis at a CIH parliamentary roundtable.

30/11/2016

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Series of events celebrate CIH's centenary 

A series of events will take part across the country on December 8 and 9 to celebrate CIH's centenary.

28/11/2016

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Letting agents fees legislation needs to be revisited 

Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposals, announced earlier today, to end the practice of charging letting fees, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “We know that letting agent fees are simply too high for many people. Removing that barrier will make it easier for them to get access to a home.”

23/11/2016

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CIH Cymru welcomes announcement of extra £400million for Wales following autumn statement 

Following the autumn statement CIH Cymru welcomed the additional £400m as a result of infrastructure investment and reiterated their pre-election call for housing to be seen as a fundamental part of national infrastructure.

23/11/2016

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Focus on housing in Autumn Statement ‘a big step in the right direction’ 

Measures to support housing announced in the Autumn Statement represent a 'big step in the right direction', CIH has said.

23/11/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on Autumn Statement 

CIH Scotland has commented on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, presented today (23 November 2016) to the House of Commons.

23/11/2016

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Rates for private rented homes in need of reform 

Commenting on finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir’s proposed changes to rates – property taxes based on the value of homes – announced today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “We support today’s proposal that rates would apply to university halls of residence.

22/11/2016

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CIH welcomes dropping of compulsory Pay to Stay  

CIH has welcomed the government's announcement that it is dropping compulsory Pay to Stay.

22/11/2016

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Record entries into UK Housing Awards 2017 

More than 400 submissions have been made in the UK Housing Awards 2017, smashing the previous record.

22/11/2016

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'Extremely worrying' drop in affordable housing supply highlights need for action 

The government must act now to boost affordable house building, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has said, after new figures show supply has halved in the last year.

17/11/2016

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Redfern Review highlights need for homes of all kinds 

The Redfern Review, published today, highlights a need for new homes for both sale and rent, CIH has said.

16/11/2016

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CIH comments on new house building figures 

Commenting on today’s house building figures, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "An 11 per cent increase in net supply to 189,650 net additions in 2015/16 is a step in the right direction but it falls far short of the 250,000 homes required each year to meet new and existing housing need.

15/11/2016

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Winners of CIH Excellence Awards announced 

The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for excellence in housing were announced on Friday night at an awards dinner sponsored by Utilita at Double Tree by Hilton in Glasgow.

14/11/2016

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Housing market recovery continues despite EU referendum jitters 

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin April – June 2016, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: "These new figures carry some welcome signs for the housing market, but there’s still room for improvement.

08/11/2016

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New CIH research shows impact of benefit cap on children and families 

A new cap on overall benefits will have a widespread and severe impact on almost 20,000 children living in around 6,700 families across Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

01/11/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland comments on new cap on benefits 

Commenting on the CIH research into the new cap of benefits, released today, CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright said: "The Department for Communities estimates that 2,600 Northern Ireland families will be impacted by the new cap on benefits.

01/11/2016

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New benefit cap will have 'widespread and severe impact' - new research 

A new cap on overall benefits will have a widespread and severe impact on more than 116,000 families across Great Britain – the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

01/11/2016

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CIH welcomes progress of Homelessness Reduction Bill 

CIH has welcomed the progress of the Homeless Reduction Bill as it passed its second reading in parliament today.

28/10/2016

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Housing organisations 'must start planning' ahead of new apprenticeship levy 

Housing organisations must start preparing for the introduction of a new apprenticeship levy now, the Chartered Institute of Housing has said.

27/10/2016

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CIH members are 'more important than ever' says housing minister 

Mr Barwell was speaking at our House of Lords reception with Inside Housing to celebrate 100 years of CIH and professional housing.

26/10/2016

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Autumn Statement an opportunity to 'turn commitment into action' 

The Autumn Statement is a chance for the government to turn its commitment to increase housing supply and improve affordability into focused action, CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart has said as we make our submission.

10/10/2016

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New UK Housing Review site is best source of historic housing data 

In 2017 the UK Housing Review will celebrate its 25th edition. CIH has launched a new website which puts an unparalleled depth of housing data spanning decades at the touch of a button.

05/10/2016

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Government pledge welcome but new homes of all kinds key 

CIH welcomes the government's announcement that there will be a package of investment to build new houses but stresses making sure homes of all types are built will be crucial to meet demand.

03/10/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland responds to ONS decision on reclassification of housing associations 

CIH Northern Ireland is responding to news that housing associations in Northern Ireland have been reclassified as public sector bodies by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

29/09/2016

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CIH Cymru responds to ONS decision on the reclassication of housing association in Wales 

CIH Cymru is responding to news that housing associations in Wales have been reclassified as public sector bodies by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

29/09/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on housing association reclassification announcement 

CIH Scotland has commented on the announcment today by the Office for National Statistics that registered providers of social housing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be reclassified as public non-financial corporations for the purrpose of national accounts.

29/09/2016

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Health and housing must work together to improve health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland, experts say ahead of conference 

Housing and health professionals must work together to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland and reduce the strain on health service spending, leading figures have said ahead of a national conference.

29/09/2016

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Latest homelessness figures 'deeply worrying'  

The government's latest figures on homelessness highlight a 'deeply worrying' upward trend, says CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

28/09/2016

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Supported housing announcement is 'disappointing and will have huge implications' says CIH 



22/09/2016

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CIH Cymru comment on the Welsh Programme for Government 2016 – 2021  

The Welsh Government has today announced its Programme for Government (2016-2021) - Taking Wales Forward. CIH Cymru is pleased that the commitment to deliver 20,000 affordable homes for this Assembly term has been included. This target will be made up of 14,000 affordable homes for rent and 6,000 homes through the Help to Buy Scheme.

20/09/2016

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New poll shows big variations in housing preferences and awareness across Scotland 

An opinion poll commissioned to coincide with the first official Scottish Housing Day has found the Scottish public knows very little about their housing options beyond buying with a mortgage and private and social renting. The poll also found significant regional variations in the types of housing tenure people are interested in considering as a future home.

19/09/2016

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Driving shared ownership one year after ground-breaking report 

It is a year since we published a ground-breaking report on shared ownership with Orbit. As Shared Ownership Week gets underway we look at the impact and where we go next.

16/09/2016

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Long term uncertainty remains after supported housing announcement 

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says the government's long-awaited announcement on supported housing will give reassurance to some but a lack of long-term certainty will be damaging.

15/09/2016

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More homes 'central to alleviating poverty' 

As the Joseph Rowntree Foundation outlines a strategy to solve poverty by 2030 CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart says new housing will be key.

07/09/2016

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New Scottish Social Housing Charter performance reports: housing bodies react 

Housing bodies the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland (CIH Scotland) and HouseMark Scotland have commented jointly on the publication of the latest set of annual reports outlining social landlords’ performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The new reports were published today (31st August 2016) by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

31/08/2016

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Inaugural Scottish Housing Day announced at CIH Scotland office opening 

Housing bodies the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and HouseMark Scotland have formally relocated from central Edinburgh premises on Princes Street to newly refurbished offices at 160 Dundee Street in the Fountainbridge area of the west end of the city.

29/08/2016

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House building figures and research 'clearest indication government must act' 

As the government's latest house building figures show an increase in new starts but a drop in completions, CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart says the government must act in the Autumn Statement.

26/08/2016

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More affordable homes 'central' to tackling homelessness 

CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart welcomes the Communities and Local Government Committee's backing for the Homelessness Reduction Bill but says a strategy to tackle homelessness must include new homes people can afford.

18/08/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland urges government to address barriers to homebuilding 

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January – March 2016, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “The latest figures give us some very welcome signs but we cannot be complacent – we still need to build more.

09/08/2016

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New research shows need for more affordable homes 

CIH chief executive, Terrie Alafat, says new research on the decline in home ownership by the Resolution Foundation shows the government must commit to building more homes people can afford.

02/08/2016

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Brexit vote 'puts new housing targets at risk' - new CIH Scotland survey 

Housing professionals in Scotland fear the UK’s recent Brexit vote could put the Scottish Government’s affordable housing targets out of reach – according to a new survey by CIH Scotland.

26/07/2016

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Minister Givan launches new training programme for the private rented sector 

Landlords and letting agents within Northern Ireland's private rented sector (PRS) can now gain recognition for their commitment to professionalism, as CIH - together with the Department for Communities - launches a brand new scheme aimed at enhancing the PRS.

26/07/2016

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CIH ‘disappointed and worried’ by delay in announcement on supported housing 

CIH has expressed its concern following Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green's revelation that no announcement will be made on the future funding of supported housing until autumn.

21/07/2016

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Let's shore up the nation's economy, say CIH and NHF 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and National Housing Federation are calling on the government to back building by housing associations and local authorities to shore up the nation’s economy.

20/07/2016

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CIH Ireland welcomes ambitious housing plan 

Commenting on the government’s action plan for housing and homelessness Rebuilding Ireland announced today, Nicola McCrudden, CIH Ireland director, said: “Homelessness and the lack of new housing symbolise the current housing crisis. We welcome Rebuilding Ireland as a considered and comprehensive response, and we urge all housing and support providers to back and deliver the plan.

19/07/2016

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Council plans to build 500,000 homes thwarted by government 

A plan with potential to build more than 500,000 new homes over thirty years has been undermined by successive government policies, a report published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), claimed today.

14/07/2016

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New poll says government must address homelessness and religious segregation in housing 

The Northern Ireland government’s draft programme for government (PfG) framework must include good housing as a core outcome according to CIH Northern Ireland. A new poll shows the majority of CIH members in Northern Ireland think that housing is not a high enough priority for the government.

05/07/2016

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New chair and vice chair for CIH Northern Ireland 

CIH has confirmed two new senior appointments to its Northern Ireland board – Dan Corr has been elected as chair and Elizabeth Martin as vice chair.

05/07/2016

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CIH comment on Homelessness Reduction Bill  

CIH head of policy Melanie Rees said: “We are very pleased to learn that Conservative MP and member of the Communities and Local Government Committee Bob Blackman will use his Private Members’ Bill to focus on preventing and tackling homelessness in England.

29/06/2016

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CIH publishes new book on history of housing in Northern Ireland 

"Housing in Northern Ireland", published by CIH, is a new book which documents the history of the housing industry in Northern Ireland, from the 1970s through to the present day.

29/06/2016

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Suitable housing out of reach for ambitious young people, says CIH 

The goal of suitable housing is seen as out of reach for ambitious young people according to a major new survey on the housing market.

28/06/2016

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