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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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Aileen Evans wins CIH vice presidential election 

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) members have chosen Aileen Evans as the organisation’s next vice president.

17/08/2018

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CIH responds to social housing green paper 

Responding to the launch of the social housing green paper which James Brokenshire, secretary of state for communities, describes as a ‘new deal for social housing residents’, CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: "The social housing green paper makes an important contribution to the critical debate about what we think social housing is, what it does and what we want it to be in the 21st century.

14/08/2018

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Community secretary's announcement is a positive start in tackling rough sleeping says CIH 

Community secretary James Brokenshire announces that up to 6,000 vulnerable people will receive rapid specialist assessments and support under new measures in the government’s rough sleeping strategy, backed by £100 million of funding, to end rough sleeping entirely by 2027.

13/08/2018

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Should Scotland worry about the right to rent? 

Following the announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seekers from their homes in Glasgow, CIH Scotland's deputy director Callum Chomczuk revisits the issue of 'right to rent' and asks should Scotland be worried?

10/08/2018

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Government has made right decision on funding for short-term supported housing says CIH 

Responding to the government’s announcement that funding for all supported housing will continue to be covered by the welfare system, Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees said: "Along with many other housing organisations we have been calling on the government to rethink its plans for funding short-term supported housing so it’s great to see they have made the right decision.

09/08/2018

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Private sector growth keeps housebuilding steady – CIH NI 

The number of new homes being started in Northern Ireland remains steady and is being driven by growth in private sector development, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland.

07/08/2018

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Latest figures demonstrate 'fundamental unfairness' of benefit cap says CIH 

Responding to figures released today from the Department for Work and Pensions on the number of households affected by the benefit cap to May 2018, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “There has been a huge increase in the number of people affected by the benefit cap since it was lowered in 2016.

02/08/2018

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CIH Scotland Awards an opportunity to celebrate excellence in Scottish housing sector 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland is looking for exemplary individuals and initiatives in Scotland’s housing sector that deserve to be celebrated at the 2018 CIH Scotland Excellence Awards.

02/08/2018

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CIH Scotland calls for more ambitious approach to improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty 

CIH Scotland has called for all homes to be brought up to a minimum of EPC C by 2030.

27/07/2018

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Make a Stand campaign shortlisted in prestigious awards as 200 sign up 

CIH's Make a Stand campaign to tackle domestic abuse has been shortlisted for a prestigious award as it reaches the landmark of 200 organisations signed up to a pledge.

23/07/2018

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Housing Cup raises £16k for Women's Aid  

The Housing Cup - a charity rounders tournament organised to support the Chartered Institute of Housing’s presidential appeal – has raised £16k for Women’s Aid.

20/07/2018

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Voting for the next CIH vice president opens 

Voting for the next CIH vice president is officially open. The three candidates shortlisted following the nomination phase have gone forward to a vote of CIH’s membership to decide who will be successful.

18/07/2018

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CIH Northern Ireland responds to consultation on House Sales Scheme 

Responding to the news that the Department for Communities is consulting on the future of the House Sales Scheme, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for NI, said:

03/07/2018

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CIH calls on government to suspend right to buy as new figures reveal sales continue to outstrip replacements 

Figures released today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have revealed that 11,465 homes were sold by councils under the right to buy scheme in 2017/18, while only 4,944 were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

28/06/2018

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Housing associations and councils key to tackling chronic shortage of affordable homes 

New ‘Solving the Housing Crisis?’ programme examines the contribution social housing makes to our society and what the government can do to support people in need of a home.

27/06/2018

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CIH Scotland welcomes new Fuel Poverty target but calls for more ‘meaningful’ progress towards eradication 

CIH Scotland has welcomed the introduction of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill but has called on the Scottish Government to take action to ensure that meaningful progress is made towards eradicating fuel poverty.

27/06/2018

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Major new report calls on government to back social housing as polling shows support 

A major new report by CIH is calling on the government to back social housing as polling reveals strong public support.

25/06/2018

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The voice of housing professionals must be at the heart of local authority merger discussions  

Today CIH Cymru’s Tyfu Tai Cymru project launched its second piece of research – ‘Weighing the options’.

18/06/2018

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2018 CIH Scotland Excellence Awards now open 

The 2018 CIH Scotland Excellence Awards, which recognise and celebrate the creativity, passion and innovation of housing organisations and individuals across the breadth of the sector in Scotland, are now open for applications.

18/06/2018

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Incredible response as 100 organisations sign up to domestic abuse pledge 

Our pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been signed by more than 100 organisations in its first two weeks.

13/06/2018

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New approach to delivering health and social care services a significant step forward 

Today the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething AM has announced plans to change the way health and social care services are delivered in the future, bringing more services closer to home.

12/06/2018

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Review of landlord registration application ‘a fantastic opportunity’ to raise awareness, says CIH Scotland 

In its response to the Government, the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland has called for all landlords to make clear they are complying with all of their legal obligations when applying to the landlord register and for meaningful enforcement when standards are not being met.

05/06/2018

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More than 50 organisations sign up to domestic abuse pledge in three days 

More than 50 housing organisations signed up to CIH's Make a Stand pledge in the first three days of the campaign.

04/06/2018

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CIH launches new domestic abuse pledge for housing organisations 

A new pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

30/05/2018

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Rising Stars final five revealed  

The Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing can today announce the candidates who are through to the final five of our Rising Stars competition.

23/05/2018

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Save the date for Scottish Housing Day 

People and communities across Scotland are being asked to save the date for this year’s Scottish Housing Day, which will take place on Wednesday September 19th.

23/05/2018

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CIH Cymru announces second ministerial roundtable  

Housing professionals are being invited to attend the latest in a series of ministerial roundtables with Rebecca Evans.

22/05/2018

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Local authority professionals urged to take part in merger survey 

CIH Cymru is asking local authority housing professionals to take part in a new survey as part of its Tyfu Tai Cymru project.

22/05/2018

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Chartered Institute of Housing responds to Hackitt report 

Responding to the final report from Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "The Hackitt Review rightly recommends a wholesale overhaul of the building regulations and fire safety system covering high-rise buildings.

17/05/2018

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Government to fund replacement of dangerous cladding following Grenfell Tower fire - CIH response 

Responding to Theresa May’s announcement at Prime Minister’s Questions today, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: "Following the horrendous events at Grenfell Tower we have been calling on the government to provide financial support to help landlords make sure that buildings are safe, so we welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations.

16/05/2018

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CIH Scotland comments on Equalities and Human Rights Commission report into housing for disabled people 

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has today (11th of May 2018) published a new report into the shortage of properties suitable for disabled people.

11/05/2018

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Search for CIH's next vice president begins 

The search for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s next vice president is officially underway.

09/05/2018

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Record numbers attend UK Housing Awards final as best of the best are unveiled 

More than 1,000 people attended the UK Housing Awards ceremony as the sector's best projects were revealed.

04/05/2018

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CIH Scotland calls for housing to be at the heart of any loneliness and isolation strategy 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland has called for more innovative policies to address loneliness in Scotland, recommending that the Government continues to invest in social housing organisations to allow them to provide vital support services to their tenants and communities while keeping rents affordable.

03/05/2018

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CIH praises contribution of Sajid Javid and welcomes James Brokenshire 

CIH has praised the contribution of outgoing Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, and welcomed James Brokenshire to the role.

30/04/2018

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Bleak house price stats show desperate need for new genuinely affordable homes 

Terrie Alafat, chief executive of CIH, says new figures from the Office for National Statistics demonstrate the desperate need for new genuinely affordable housing.

26/04/2018

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Hundreds gather for biggest housing event in Wales 

Hundreds of housing professionals are gathering in Cardiff this week for the biggest housing event in Wales.

25/04/2018

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A home for everyone now a top priority for people in Wales 

Today CIH Cymru launches its Public Perceptions of Social Housing survey which asked the Welsh public for their opinions about social housing, homelessness and the public policy issues most important to them.

24/04/2018

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Review must build a 'one housing system' approach  

CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks has welcomed a review of housing policy in Wales and says it must consider housing alongside education, health, social care, public protection and economic development.

23/04/2018

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'Time is right for a national debate on affordability' - CIH reacts to Labour announcement 

Responding to the Labour Party's report on housing, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has said it is time to explore what affordable really means in all parts of the country.

19/04/2018

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Child poverty plan needs more focus on housing 

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland deputy director Callum Chomczuk argues that the housing sector has a critical role to play in ending child poverty and making Scotland a country where everyone has the chance of a decent and secure life.

16/04/2018

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Huge response to fundraising rounders tournament from housing organisations 

A bumper fundraising rounders tournament organised by CIH Futures has had a huge response but we still need sponsors and volunteers to help us maximise the amount we raise for Women's Aid.

10/04/2018

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More than 2,000 take part in Rethinking social housing workshops 

More than 2,000 people have had their say on the future of social housing by taking part in workshops as part of a major CIH project.

09/04/2018

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New rough sleeping initiative welcome but strategy still needed 

CIH has welcomed a new rough sleeping initiative by the government but said a strategy on homelessness is still desperately needed.

03/04/2018

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CIH Scotland comments on child poverty delivery plan 

The Scottish Government has announced that increasing family incomes and reducing living costs will be prioritised through the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

29/03/2018

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Domestic abuse housing conference brings experts together 

A conference organised by CIH president Alison Inman brought together domestic abuse experts and housing professionals from across the UK as part of her efforts to tackle the problem.

26/03/2018

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Tributes paid as CIH chairman Turlogh O'Brien set to leave role  

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat (pictured) has paid tribute to chairman Turlogh O’Brien after he announced he is to step down from the role.

23/03/2018

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New briefing launched to showcase role of housing in supporting older and disabled people 

A new briefing which aims to showcase what housing organisations can do to help older and disabled people to live more independently is being launched today (Friday 23 March).

23/03/2018

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Homelessness numbers 'a national disgrace' says CIH 

Responding to the latest homelessness statistics for England, released today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) policy and practice officer Faye Greaves said: “The fact that so many people are homeless in England today is quite simply a national disgrace.

22/03/2018

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UK Housing Review 2018: CIH Cymru reflects on positive progress by Wales 

The Chartered Institute of Housing has today launched the UK Housing Review 2018. The review highlights the latest data and provides commentary on the impact of housing policy across the UK.

21/03/2018

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‘No room for complacency’ in meeting 50,000 homes target as CIH Scotland publishes key trends in housing 

CIH Scotland, the professional body for Scotland’s housing sector, has warned that there should be ‘no room for complacency’ about meeting the Scottish Government’s target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021 as it unveiled key findings from its annual UK Housing Review.

21/03/2018

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Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars – new analysis 

Government investment in building new homes has plummeted while spending on housing benefit has soared, new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revealed.

21/03/2018

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Total Housing 2018 

Total Housing 2018 brought together South East and London regions for the first time. Over 800 people attended across the two days to discuss and debate the big issues and challenges in the region.

16/03/2018

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CIH Cymru and Grŵp Cynefin welcome Minister to the first in a series of member roundtable discussions 

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will attend a roundtable discussion at Grŵp Cynefin offices in Holyhead on 15 March.

15/03/2018

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Housing teams urged to take part in charity rounders tournament for Women's Aid 

Housing teams are being urged to take part in a national rounders tournament to raise £10k for Women’s Aid.

14/03/2018

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Spring statement 'missed opportunity' to get us building more 

Melanie Rees, CIH's head of policy, said the balance of housing funding needs to be addressed after an uneventful Spring statement for housing.

13/03/2018

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CIH partners with Inside Housing on Women in Housing Awards  

CIH is delighted to announce it is partnering with Inside Housing on the Women in Housing Awards as entries for the 2018 awards open.

08/03/2018

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CIH Scotland welcomes Scottish Government commitment to accept interim recommendations on rough sleeping 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has welcomed Housing Minister Kevin Stewart’s acceptance in principle of interim recommendations published by the Housing and Rough Sleeping Action Group.

07/03/2018

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Housing provision leaving wheelchair users behind 

Over 17,200 wheelchair users in Scotland do not have a suitable home, according to a major new research report, which also reveals that this unmet need is set to increase by 80% by 2024.

01/03/2018

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CIH Cymru welcomes new Rent-to-Own and Shared Ownership Wales initiatives  

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans has launched two new initiatives aimed at increasing the rate of homeownership in Wales for those who may not be in a position to afford and save for a deposit.

01/03/2018

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‘Best in housing’ celebrated at CIH housing awards 2018 

People who work in housing and homelessness across Ireland have been recognised for their contribution to local communities, at the CIH Housing Awards 2018 held on Friday 23 February.

26/02/2018

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‘Best in housing’ celebrated at CIH housing awards 2018 

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 the prestigious CIH Housing Awards 2018, held at Titanic Belfast on Friday 23 February.

26/02/2018

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CIH Cymru welcomes plan to spread Housing Revenue Account borrowing capacity  

Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans has revealed that talks are ongoing to explore how the borrowing capacity of local authorities building homes could be increased by utilising the surplus capacity within authorities which have no plans to build at present.

22/02/2018

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Housing professionals invited to submit practice examples to support revised allocations and suspensions guidance 

Professionals from across Scotland’s housing sector are being encouraged to share their experience on allocations and suspensions to support revised practice guidance currently being prepared by specialist research consultants Craigforth and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland.

14/02/2018

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Major new project to model the future of social housing in Northern Ireland 

A major new project has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland to help shape the future of social housing.

14/02/2018

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Scrutiny programme achievements celebrated 

A final report on the achievements of a four-year training and learning programme ‘Stepping Up to Scrutiny’ has been published by CIH Scotland

12/02/2018

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CIH presidential dinner raises £9k for Women's Aid 

Hundreds of housing professionals helped us to raise around £9,000 for Alison Inman's presidential charity Women's Aid.

09/02/2018

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CIH Cymru welcomes new measures to address rough sleeping 

Yesterday the Welsh Government announced two new measures aimed at addressing rough sleeping in Wales. Rebecca Evans, the Minister for Housing & Regeneration announced the publication of a policy document focusing on how Housing First could be adopted across Wales and a new rough sleeping action plan.

07/02/2018

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NI political situation is hitting the level of new housebuilding 

The number of new homes being started in Northern Ireland is being hit by the political impasse, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland.

06/02/2018

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'Urgent action needed to address rough sleeping problem.' 

Latest figures on rough sleeping in Wales highlight the need for urgent action, says CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks.

01/02/2018

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Fuel poverty campaigners call for more ambitious targets 

Housing campaigners are calling for the Scottish Government to introduce tougher targets to end fuel poverty.

01/02/2018

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New Board leadership unveiled at CIH Scotland 

CIH Scotland has begun 2018 with the appointment of a new chair and vice chair to its Board.

01/02/2018

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More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in just five years, new analysis reveals 

More than 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in just five years, according to analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

31/01/2018

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Staggering rise in number of people sleeping rough simply unacceptable says CIH 

Figures released today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that the autumn 2017 total number of rough sleepers counted and estimated in England was 4,751, up 15% from 4,134 in autumn 2016 and 169% from 1,768 in autumn 2010.

25/01/2018

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New guidance to help social landlords meet their obligations on allocations and suspensions 

Revised practice guidance is under development to help social landlords prepare for the implementation of new provisions on allocations and suspensions under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 over the next 12 to 18 months.

22/01/2018

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New workshop gives people chance to join the debate on social housing 

A new workshop by the Chartered Institute of Housing gives people the chance to join the debate on the future of social housing.

16/01/2018

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CIH welcomes launch of Homes England  

CIH has welcomed the launch of the government's new housing agency.

11/01/2018

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CIH congratulates new housing minister and hopes for continuity 

The Chartered Institute of Housing has congratulated Dominic Raab on becoming the new housing minister and said it hopes for continuity.

09/01/2018

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Chartered Institute of Housing makes key appointments to Scotland team 

Professional body the Chartered Institute of Housing has started 2018 by making two key appointments to its team in Scotland.

09/01/2018

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CIH welcomes new profile for housing after reshuffle 

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has welcomed housing being given new prominence in a cabinet reshuffle.

08/01/2018

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CIH Scotland welcomes housing measures in draft Scottish budget 

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution Derek Mackay MSP has today (14 December 2017) announced the draft Scottish budget for 2018-19 to the Scottish Parliament.

14/12/2017

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Homelessness numbers 'a national outrage' says CIH chief executive 

Responding to the latest homelessness statistics for England, released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "It is quite simply a national outrage that so many people are homeless in England in 2017. We must act now.

14/12/2017

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CIH responds to latest right to buy sales in England 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 2,558 homes were sold by councils through the right to buy scheme in England in July to September 2017, while only 744 were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

13/12/2017

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Social housing demand at record highs 

The number of households in housing stress in Northern Ireland has reached a record high, according to annual housing statistics released today by the Department for Communities.

05/12/2017

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CIH calls for a property management licensing scheme for Northern Ireland 

Findings from an independent evaluation of a new programme for private landlords has prompted the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland to call for a government backed scheme to recognise landlord accreditation.

30/11/2017

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CIH responds to new social housing sales figures for England 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 23,186 social housing dwellings were sold in 2016-17 in England, up five per cent compared to 2015-16. There were 13,652 sales by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations. Total right to buy sales were 18,110.

23/11/2017

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CIH and ITN Productions collaboration to examine housing crisis 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring how to tackle the UK’s housing crisis.

22/11/2017

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'Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places' 

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

22/11/2017

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Budget 2017: impact for Wales 

Reacting to the Chancellor's announcements CIH Cymru examined the impact of the budget on Welsh housing.

22/11/2017

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Calls for more housing to address chronic homelessness 

More housing should be provided to support a pioneering scheme to address homelessness in Northern Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

21/11/2017

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New CIH guide makes case for exploring Housing First approach to tackling homelessness 

A new publication from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) explores the concept of Housing First and the principles behind it and looks at how it is being put into practice across the UK and Ireland as a one of a range of approaches to tackling homelessness.

21/11/2017

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CIH responds to increase in new homes and reclassification of housing associations 

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that annual housing supply in England amounted to 217,350 net additional dwellings in 2016-17, up 15% on 2015-16 and 3% below the 2007-08 peak of 223,530.

16/11/2017

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Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing 

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing.

15/11/2017

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NI housebuilding recovery ‘very welcome’, but there is still some way to go 

The number of new homes being started in Northern Ireland is at the highest level in seven years, according to new statistics released today by the Department for Communities.

14/11/2017

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CIH responds to new figures on affordable housing in England 

Responding to new figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showing that an additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016-17, Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees said: “It’s encouraging to see a 27 per cent increase in the number of affordable homes delivered in 2016/17. However, very few of them were for social rent, which is significantly cheaper than market rent and the only truly affordable option for many people on lower incomes.

09/11/2017

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New housing sector practice guide launched to support people with dementia 

A new practice guide has been launched to help housing practitioners offer suitable support to people affected by dementia.

06/11/2017

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A year on lower benefit cap is pushing thousands into poverty - says CIH 

A year since its introduction a cap on benefits is pushing people into poverty and putting them at risk of homelessness, the Chartered Institute of Housing has said.

02/11/2017

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CIH responds to provisional reclassification of social housing providers 

Responding to the Office for National Statistics’ announcement that private registered providers of social housing (including registered housing associations) in England will be provisionally reclassified as private non-financial corporations, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: "Although we have been expecting this decision for some time, it is welcome news.

01/11/2017

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CIH responds to new plans for funding supported housing 

Responding to the UK government’s announcement of new proposals for the future funding of supported housing, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "Today’s proposals give the majority of providers and the many vulnerable people who need this vital housing much-needed reassurance following a long and damaging period of uncertainty.

31/10/2017

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CIH Scotland names Excellence Award winners 

The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for excellence in housing were announced at a special awards dinner at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

31/10/2017

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Louise Fisher, communications manager, 02476 851 783, louise.fisher@cih.org

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