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"A good rounded understanding"

In the first of our National Apprenticeship Week blogs, Lauren Mason from Clarion Housing Group gives her thoughts on how her apprenticeship is expanding her learning and career horizons.

03/02/2020

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"I wanted to make a difference..." Why Gemma chose housing

This afternoon our National Careers Week blog comes from Gemma Packham, who's a customer service advisor for Honeycomb Group. For Gemma, it's all about customer service and the value of customer experience

03/03/2020

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#HousingHustings16 - read our new panellist blogs

There’s only one week to go until the Scottish elections which means time is running out to make your decision! With so many important issues being debated, we want to make sure our members have all the information to hand before placing crosses on the ballot paper.

28/04/2016

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'Housing organisations should make domestic abuse a central consideration'

Housing organisations should embrace Make a Stand, says WM Housing equalities manager Ravinder Kaur.

12/09/2018

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'Make a Stand forced me to think about what I could do and what my company could do'

Jane Nelson, managing director of building services specialist MD Group, explains why her company was the first to sign up to CIH's new Make a Stand supporters' pledge to help tackle domestic abuse.

08/04/2019

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'Much work remains to be done before full Universal Credit rollout', says CIH Scotland

In this new opinion piece, featured in the Herald Scotland, CIH Scotland deputy director Callum Chomczuk highlights a number of concerns from the sector as we look towards full Universal Credit rollout.

21/05/2018

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'We are acutely aware that some tenants have been subject to discrimination'

Today's new report on mental health and the private rented sector from Tyfu Tai Cymru is an invaluable insight into the issues faced by tenants and landlords alike, says Tai Pawb policy and public affairs manager Ross Thomas.

20/02/2019

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'We hope this report helps to drive policy change to support tenants in the private rented sector'

Findings from Tyfu Tai Cymru's Private renting and mental health: a way forward paint a clear picture that more needs to be done, says Residential Landlords Association public affairs and policy officer Matthew Norman.

20/02/2019

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10 steps to creating customer service champions

Linda K. Spindley, Business Development Manager, discusses improving customer service

09/05/2011

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10 things to do this month

Read our top ten things to do in August to find out how you can connect and get involved with CIH.

06/08/2012

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2011 - What a year

Rising Stars competition winner Carla Keegans provides a retrospective of her experiences of working in the housing sector in 2011.

10/01/2012

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2012 – A year of putting policy into practice

David Pipe outlines upcoming policy changes the sector faces and explains how housing organisations can tackle the challenges ahead.

17/01/2012

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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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95% of new supported housing is completed with outdated tech

In our latest guest blog, Appello chief executive Tim Barclay draws on a recent survey with CIH's member opinion panel to make the case that there is not enough focus on providing housing fit for older people today.

04/11/2019

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A better way of handling disputes in NI’s private rented sector

CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden explores a different approach to dealing with disputes between private landlords and tenants in Northern Ireland.

03/11/2014

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A budget to build on

Matthew Kennedy, policy and public affairs manager CIH Cymru, looks at the Welsh 2019/20 budget in more detail.

15/11/2018

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A changing housing landscape in Northern Ireland

In this guest blog, Paul McNeill, independent housing consultant shares his thoughts on the effects of the proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the opportunities it brings for increased investment, better homes and improved services for tenants.

10/05/2013

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A decade to remember for all the wrong reasons

Grainia Long, discusses a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies on increasing poverty, and how this impacts the housing sector.

17/10/2011

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A fast-track for beauty and an end to ugliness?

While all of us can list - probably many - examples of ‘ugly’ new housing developments, the ‘beautiful’ list may be considerably shorter. In her first blog since joining the CIH policy and practice team, Hannah Keilloh looks at the final report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

18/02/2020

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A guessing game for housing policy

Where do we go from here? Today CIH policy officer Alex Gibson scans the horizon to see what we’ll need to do once COVID 19 is finally beaten.

23/04/2020

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A housing professional's 2012

Three experts discuss the 10 most practical areas for the sector's staff and leaders to focus on during the next year.

03/01/2012

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A housing strategy for Northern Ireland

Jennifer Donald, head of policy and public affairs, takes an initial look at the new housing strategy for Northern Ireland.

18/10/2012

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A matter of justice

Ahead of his session at Total Housing on 25 March, former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal OBE calls for greater leadership from housing professionals to help tackle some of our most intractable social problems.

05/03/2020

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A new Framework for supporting people living with dementia

It is estimated that 90,000 people in Scotland are living with dementia and this number is expected to increase significantly as our population continues to age.

19/08/2019

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A plague on our houses?

This week, during homes at the heart of settled future, Ben Marshall, research director at Ipsos MORI, has put together a detailed blog, explaining what recent research he’s conducted can tell us.

22/09/2020

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A small in-house team with a big heart

The UK Housing Awards recognise and reward the very best in the UK housing sector. Over the next few months, organisations and individuals shortlisted for a UK Housing Award are giving an insight into their work and why they have been nominated. In this blog, Melissa O’Donnell, head of operations at Golden Lane Housing talks about the brave step they made to start delivering their own property repairs, earning them a place on the shortlist for the direct labour organisation of the year.

19/03/2020

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A trainee's view from Northern Ireland

Matthew Malcolm, a graduate trainee with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, has been spending February in the CIH office in Northern Ireland as part of his training programme. Here are his thoughts after a month shadowing Jennie Donald, CIH NI’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs.

05/03/2012

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A week in the life of a resident safety director – Sarah Stevenson-Jones

You may be wondering, what exactly is it that a resident safety director does? Sarah Stevenson-Jones from the London Borough of Enfield is here to give us a little insight into her typical week ahead of her session at next week’s Total Housing 2020.

25/08/2020

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A winning scheme for the sector

Graham Findlay, Positive Action for Disability Manager, discusses the Positive Action for Disability programme

12/08/2011

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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

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Accessible homes across the ages

To celebrate #HousingDay18, Habinteg tenants to tell us about their experience of living in social housing and the impact that having an accessible home has had on their lives.

10/10/2018

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Addressing anti-social behaviour in private rented housing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright discusses whether sharing information around anti-social behaviour (ASB) could be extended to the private rented sector (PRS).

19/10/2015

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Addressing anti-social behaviour: information sharing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright gives an overview of how sharing information can help address anti-social behaviour (ASB).

06/04/2016

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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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Adult Learners' Week begins!

Today is the start of Adult Learners’ Week and to help support and promote this CIH is running a campaign - Learn with us – to get people talking about learning.

14/05/2012

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Affordable Housing Commission report - conclusions in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak

Over the past 18 months the independent Affordable Housing Commission has undertaken a wide-ranging review of housing affordability in England. The final report has more than 50 recommendations and calls for a collective effort, led by government, to rebalance the housing system to make housing affordable again. In his guest blog for CIH, commission chair Lord Best discusses the research's main findings in relation to the current coronavirus pandemic.

27/03/2020

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All change

Abigail Davies, introduces CIH's Change Network, which aims to help housing professional deliver transformational change.

13/10/2011

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All change for 2016 at CIH Scotland

Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations and Republic of Ireland, explains what the changes mean for members in Scotland.

06/01/2016

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All change for education

Roger Keller, Head of Education, discusses the forthcoming changes to the education system and how this will effect housing qualifications.

01/03/2011

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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

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Allocations review is opportunity for better support says CIH NI

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s research to inform a fundamental review of social housing allocations policy, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “The review provides an opportunity to better meet the needs and expectations of people applying for social housing.

05/03/2014

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An ageing population, health and wellbeing and housing

Sarah Davis, senior policy and practice officer at The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), reflects on the recent announcement about the White Paper as she discusses the need for housing to go hand in hand with health and wellbeing.

24/07/2012

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An anti-social year for CIH?

Debbie Larner, head of professional practice, looks at all things asb

11/02/2011

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An inspirational wet Saturday in Newbridge - Housing Camp Cymru

After fighting his way south through wind, rain and gales Paul Diggory made it to the inaugural Housing Camp Cymru and wrote a short recap of the day for us.

18/11/2015

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Apprenticeship Levy – What does it mean for Wales?

In the July 2015 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced the introduction of a new levy on all ‘large employers’ to fund apprenticeships in the Spending review and autumn statement 2015. Kevin Howell has spent some time trying to find out the impact of the apprenticeship levy on organisations working solely in Wales. This is what we know so far:

28/07/2016

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Are organisations meeting the housing needs of the people of Scotland?

Alan Ferguson, Director (CIH Scotland),

25/02/2011

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Are we returning to policy making on political whim?

In a blog first published in Inside Housing, Chief Executive Grainia Long comments on announcements made during David Cameron's speech on Monday 19 November, arguing that the prime minister’s drive to reduce red tape could undermine informed policy making. Is bureacracy in the planning system holding up growth? If there are no mechanisms in place to assess policy impact, will already disadavantaged groups lose out?

22/11/2012

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Are work-place qualifications the key to developing brilliant practitioners?

Rich Warrington, Head of Strategic Partnerships, discusses

19/08/2011

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Are you a Rising Star?

Rising Stars 2012, CIH and Inside Housing's competition to find the future leaders of the sector, is now open for entries. Have you got what it takes?

14/03/2012

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Are you an advice giving junkie?

Sarah Smith, CIH associate trainer, offers her thoughts on knowing when to let go as a manager.

22/02/2012

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Are you involved in the private rented sector? Tell us about your amazing work!

CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright runs through a new category for the private rented sector in the upcoming CIH Housing Awards for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

11/11/2014

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As a sector, we must do better to help victims of domestic violence

The approach to helping victims of domestic violence needs to change and our new guidance is aimed at addressing that, writes Callum Chomczuk, national director of CIH Scotland.

27/08/2019

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Asset management: facing the challenges, seizing the opportunities

How can social housing providers make sure they are offering the right homes of the right quality in the right places? At ‘working together to redefine asset management’ in Belfast, CIH will lead the conversation on a fresh, new approach to asset management – Richard Medley, director of assets & neighbourhoods at CIH consultancy, explains more.

12/08/2015

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Assets and repairs: new ambitions for a new decade

When it comes to asset management and repairs, with the new decade comes a whole raft of challenges, explains Housing Dynamics founder Richard Medley.

16/03/2020

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Asylum seekers in Scotland - what's the background to the SERCO contract issues?

In this new article for CIH Scotland, CIH's senior policy adviser John Perry takes a more detailed look at the background to the recent SERCO contract issues in relation to accommodation for asylum seekers.

11/09/2018

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At least we all agree about something - housing matters

06/04/2016

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Attitudes to council housing: pride or prejudice?

Late last summer the housing green paper: ‘A new deal for tenants’ stimulated a healthy debate at Waverley’s Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee: “Was there stigma in our housing service and community?”

22/08/2019

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Autumn presidential update

President, Robin Lawler, tells us about his work during the last half of 2012 and outlines the latest updates from CIH in his blog, including highlights from the first CIH seminar on social media in the housing sector, the appointment of Cecilia Keaveney as our new director in Northern Ireland and details of how Robin has been making links with members across the UK.

19/11/2012

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Awards judging panel chair in call for nominations

In the lead up to close of nominations for the CIH 2016 Housing Awards this Friday 4 December, we catch up with the chair of the judging panel David McCallum who tells us a little about him and his views on the awards.

02/12/2015

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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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Be a part of it

Rosie Heath, Digital Communications Project Officer, introduces our new website survey and asks for your feedback to help us improve

13/03/2012

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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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Be prepared - some top camping tips!

Before tickets go on ‘sale’, one of our intrepid camp organisers Emma Howells, from United Welsh Housing Association, blogs on some top tips to make sure you become a happy camper.

30/09/2015

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Become a social housing digital champion

Find out how you can help your tenants get online by becoming a social housing digital champion.

02/05/2019

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Become disruptive to be innovative

Speaking at two of our upcoming events, Total Housing 2020 in Brighton and Tai 2020 in Cardiff, Ian Wright, managing director of the Disruptive Innovators Network shares what he’s most looking forward to speaking about during his sessions.

11/03/2020

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Bedroom tax bandwagons in Scotland

David Bookbinder, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland shares his thoughts on the 'hype' and 'bandwagons' resulting from the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', notably the 'no eviction' policies adopted by a number of SNP-led councils.

04/04/2013

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Bedroom Tax blog - heads in the sand?

As one of the first witnesses to the Bedroom Tax Inquiry being held by the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee last week, David Bookbinder, CIH Scotland's head of policy and public affairs, finds some MPs failing to grasp the full extent and impact of the government's reforms.

17/06/2013

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Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland, says CIH NI

The bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering across Great Britain, says CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright. The policy isn’t fair, doesn’t work and shouldn’t be introduced in Northern Ireland.

03/09/2014

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Being an effective leader is not that difficult, you just have to do it!

Paul Roberts, Newydd Housing Association chief executive, gives us a flavour of his upcoming session at our conference on building an effective workforce. Newydd has achieved impressive rankings in several workforce studies and was recently named as 7th best housing association to work for in the UK.

22/06/2016

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Being bold with CIH

Professionalism in housing and continuing to build knowledge, skills and behaviours is an important part of being a housing professional. This Learning at Work Week, we’re celebrating with lots of discussions about training and development, as well as lots of blogs from across the sector about why continuing to learn is exceptionally important. In this blog, Laura Breeze, housing officer from Linstone Housing tells us all about being bold.

18/05/2020

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Being social online at CIH

The CIH marketing team have been experimenting with online platforms. Find out what’s worked for us and read the things we love about social media.

14/08/2012

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Benefit claimants are the new miners - growing grass roots activism

Sian James, real life star of the film Pride, spoke at TAI 2015 about her experiences of the miners' strike and her route from grass roots activism to political representative. Paul Diggory was part of the audience and recounts a spell-binding session for us.

08/05/2015

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Better services for homeless people

How can the government's gold standard programme help local authorities improve their homelessness services? National Practitioner Support Service manager Tracy Hendren explains.

28/10/2013

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Big changes to renting a home - what you need to know

CIH member? Rent a home in Wales or work in Welsh Housing? Read our factsheet.

20/04/2016

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Blacks Gate - The challenges of building new homes & creating strong communities

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus crisis, Radius Housing has continued to progress work on Northern Ireland’s largest mixed tenure housing development ‘Blacks Gate’, albeit with significant changes to health and safety protocols in order to ensure the site’s operations can continue along-side the public health guidelines set out to limit the impact of COVID-19. This flagship regeneration project (which has been nine years and counting in the making) may have encountered an unex-pected delay in recent months but it’s business as usual for now.

04/08/2020

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Blog: #useyourvote!

In the build up to the 2016 Scottish elections, Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations at CIH, blogs on what we are asking of the election candidates in our Agenda for Change and what housing questions you might want to ask your local candidate too.

12/04/2016

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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

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Blog: Dementia...everyone can make a difference!

As CIH Scotland, in association with Arneil Johnston, embarks on the latest phase of its dementia programme, project manager Lyn Jardine shares some of her reflections on dementia care in Scotland and blogs about the key role of housing in delivering person-centred approaches for our ageing population.

08/08/2016

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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

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Blog: My housing story - Ashley Campbell, CIH Scotland

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland, shares her housing story for Scottish Housing Day.

06/09/2016

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Blog: On conference programmes and cake...

Helen Northmore, newly appointed director at CIH Cymru, has found the launch of the TAI programme invaluable in seeing a cross-section of the work of the housing sector in Wales.

12/02/2015

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Blog: Progress towards 50,000 homes

As new research by Shelter Scotland and SFHA shows that Scotland is broadly on track to deliver its 50,000 affordable homes target by 2021, CIH Scotland's policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn looks at some of the challenges ahead.

26/03/2018

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Blog: Rejoice – house prices are up at last

David Bookbinder, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, notes the reaction to this week’s reports of house price increases in Scotland.

13/08/2013

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Blog: reviewing the Scottish Social Housing Charter

As the Scottish Government looks to review the Scottish Social Housing Charter, CIH Scotland's policy and practice co-ordinator Susanne Webster blogs about the recent series of consultation events and considers what is likely to be included in the new Charter when it comes into force in April 2017.

27/07/2016

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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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Blog: The role of housing in dementia support

As CIH Scotland, in partnership with Arneil Johnston, prepares to complete the second phase of its housing and dementia programme at the end of this year, housing consultant Jim Hayton reflects on the recent series of workshops looking at the role of housing professionals in supporting people with dementia.

18/10/2016

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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

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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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Budget 2012: What could it mean for housing?

The forthcoming budget is likely to impact housing, with announcements expected on property taxation, green issues, welfare and homeownership. Our policy team outline exactly what they would like to see in the Chancellor's announcement.

19/03/2012

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Budget 2012: will government U-turn on council housing self-financing?

Read the blog Grainia Long wrote for The Guardian Housing Network on the Budget 2012.

22/03/2012

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Budget 2016 – What does it mean for Welsh housing?

During his much anticipated budget speech 2016, the Chancellor said that we must act now so we don’t pay later. The economic forecast was revised down, and there were some major announcements for policy areas in England on education and further public spending cuts. So did this budget address key issues in Wales; tackling poverty, the on-going shortage of homes and building our economy? Kevin Howell takes a look...

22/03/2016

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Building more homes in Wales - yes we can!

As part of TAI 2015 we ran a seminar focused on the nitty gritty of delivering the homes that Wales so desperately needs. Helen Northmore, seminar chair and director of CIH Cymru, summarises the session for us.

30/04/2015

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Building on Strengths

Sarah Smith, CIH associate trainer, details how to build on your strengths to create success.

21/02/2012

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Building the recovery

Director of Policy and Practice Gavin Smart discusses why government can’t afford to ignore housing in its growth plans.

25/07/2012

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Business transformation in the housing sector

Abi Davies, Assistant Director of Policy & Practice, discusses what a successful housing organisation might look like in the future.

08/04/2011

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Can the housing sector help boost social mobility?

Abigail Davies, Assistant Director of Policy and Practice, discusses how housing policy can help – or hinder – social mobility.

25/08/2011

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Can we stagnate our way out of this?

Richard Capie, Deputy Chief Executive, discusses home ownership

07/02/2011

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Case and place - a new approach to housing management

As we face the challenges of Covid-19, it may feel like a strange time to be reflecting on the evolution of housing management. However, the principles of good housing management are more important than ever as the service adapts to an unprecedented situation, as Sovereign divisional director Stuart Davies explains.

24/03/2020

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Celebrate success at the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards 2016

Housing professionals and organisations from across Ireland are being invited to showcase their achievements, as CIH director for the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden explains.

14/10/2015

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Celebrating excellence in housing

Chief Executive Grainia Long outlines why the UK Housing Awards are more important than ever in a time of change - and how they can help you to improve your services, learn from innovations across the sector, and help us to drive up standards in housing.

30/11/2012

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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

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Celebrating the professionalism of CIH members

CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright announces the shortlist for CIH Housing Professional of the Year at the Housing Awards 2015 in Belfast.

28/01/2015

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Centre for Homelessness Impact launches new flagship evidence tools

CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell, attended an event on 30 May to find out more about the work of the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) and the launch of their new flagship tools.

05/06/2018

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Challenge, choice and opportunity

Helen Collins, CIH Vice President, discusses the arrival of the HCA Investment Framework

18/02/2011

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Changing the way we think about disability

Policy officer John Thornhill reflects on how the Paralympics can inspire and empower people across the UK to challenge negative attitudes to disability.

31/08/2012

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Chartered membership explained

As we start to invite members to renew for 2013 let’s take a look at what it means to be a chartered member including the routes, the benefits and opinions from people in the sector.

14/11/2012

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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

Blog

CIH book describes Northern Ireland’s distinct housing market

CIH has just published a brand new edition of the book Housing in Northern Ireland, edited by Peter Shanks and David Mullins. Here CIH policy adviser John Perry, one of the authors, gives a flavour of what the new book offers.

29/06/2016

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CIH Cymru joins forces with housing sector partners to highlight concerns on ‘Right to Rent’

CIH Cymru has joined with a number of organisations to submit further evidence, highlighting concerns over the potential use of the ‘right to rent’ scheme through the legislation.

27/07/2018

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CIH Cymru leads way on board gender balance

Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales have elected a board that is 60% female, accurately mirroring the proportion of women amongst it members.

31/03/2014

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CIH Cymru presents evidence to UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, has been visiting the UK to engage with the public, third sector organisations, government bodies and politicians to build up a contemporary picture of poverty.

20/11/2018

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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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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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CIH fellowship - sending a clear message you care about professionalism to the people you serve

In this week's guest blog, Ashfield District Council director of housing and assets and deputy chief executive Paul Parkinson FCIH describes his fellowship journey.

11/11/2019

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CIH Housing Benefit Impact Calculator: What have we learned so far?

Alan Brownson, CIH consultancy associate, summarises and reflects on the calculator results from recent CIH Housing Benefit Impact Calculator clients.

01/02/2012

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CIH in South East Asia

Roger Keller, Head of Education talks about his visit to Hong Kong

29/06/2011

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CIH joins calls for a fairer deal for renters

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) endorses a landmark review of the private rented sector in England, which criticises successive governments for poor policy-making and a lack of strategy that is failing millions of tenants.

10/09/2018

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CIH NI annual conference round-up

New tools for new challenges was the theme of CIH Northern Ireland's annual conference which took place this week in Belfast - we've put together some of the highlights to give you a taste of the event.

15/05/2015

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CIH NI Futures - your professional network

Tom Potter shares his experience of being part of CIH Futures and challenges aspiring professionals in housing to embrace their ambition, maximise their opportunities and apply to join CIH NI Futures.

30/01/2018

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CIH NI says strategy is key to tackling antisocial behaviour

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s proposal for an Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Bill, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “We are concerned that the main proposal – to introduce short secure tenancies – may be used to fast track evictions instead of providing support to vulnerable individuals and households.

25/03/2014

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CIH NI vision for a housing system that works for everyone

Setting up an independent social housing regulator and licensing private landlords would help to create a better housing system, says CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright.

12/05/2015

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CIH NI welcomes innovative infrastructure fund announced in budget

Northern Ireland’s draft budget 2015-16 was announced yesterday. CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes its innovative Investment Fund, but warns the worst is yet to come for housing cuts.

04/11/2014

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CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness.

18/06/2014

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CIH NI welcomes proposals for developer contributions

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright reviews the long road to proposals for developer contributions. He says the policy will provide both social housing and balanced communities.

11/06/2014

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CIH president braves torrential rain to raise money for charity

Robin Lawler has completed his charity bike ride from Harrogate to Manchester for the Foyer Federation.

06/06/2012

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CIH response to Grenfell Inquiry

Terrie Alafat sets out CIH initial response. Find out what you can do now to prepare for the coming changes.

31/10/2019

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CIH Scotland interview with Andy Wightman MSP

Our deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Scottish Green Party MSP Andy Wightman to get his views on the party's vision for housing, land and planning reform, in this new interview for CIH Scotland.

05/06/2018

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CIH Scotland interview with Danielle Rowley MP

CIH Scotland’s deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Labour MP for Midlothian Danielle Rowley to find out more about the housing issues facing her constituents, and her top housing priorities as a Scottish MP.

19/06/2018

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CIH Scotland interview with Sir Harry Burns

We recently caught up with Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde and former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, to get his perspective on the links between housing and improving public health.

09/10/2018

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CIH Scotland interviews Graham Simpson MSP

CIH Scotland’s deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Conservative MSP for Central Scotland and shadow minister for housing and communities Graham Simpson.

01/08/2018

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CIH Scotland’s Housing Festival ‘re-run’ a great success

Following a re-run of day two of its annual Housing Festival, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn provides a short recap of the highlights.

22/05/2018

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CIH trainee scheme changes lives

Eileen Barron, neighbourhood officer for Aster Communities tells us about her experiences of CIH's Positive Action for Disability trainee scheme - a programme that enables disabled people to gain the experience and qualifications needed to start a trailblazing career in housing.

26/11/2012

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CIH vice president addresses housing and ageing event

CIH vice president Jim Strang was invited to address delegates at Housing and Ageing: Linking Strategy to Future Delivery for Scotland 2030 at the University of Stirling on 2 July. Don’t worry if you missed the event, you can read Jim’s full speech here.

17/07/2018

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CIH Vice President calls for Scotland’s housing sector to sign up to ‘Make a Stand’ campaign

Following the launch of the CIH ‘Make a Stand’ campaign on domestic abuse, CIH Vice President Jim Strang looks at how the issue is being tackled in Scotland and calls for the Scottish housing sector to sign up to this important campaign.

03/07/2018

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CIH Vice President: 'The Scottish Government cannot keep paying for a failed Westminster policy'

In this new opinion piece, CIH Vice President Jim Strang calls on the UK Government to reconfirm its commitment to reinstating housing payments for 18-21 year olds.

15/08/2018

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CIH welcomes emphasis on building more social homes in new Part V proposals

The government’s reforms to Part V requirements for developers were announced yesterday. CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright argues the reforms could get more social homes on the ground.

03/10/2014

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CIH welcomes new Housing Minister Mark Prisk

It's a new term and time for a fresh start for some. Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle and how the housing industry might be affected.

04/09/2012

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Circle celebrates first social housing public-private funding partnership

Circle Voluntary Housing Association has agreed a landmark €51 million investment package to deliver around 250 new homes over the next 12 months. Circle’s chief executive John Hannigan explains the charity’s plans to provide social and affordable housing for families across the country through an innovative partnership with the private banking sector.

13/02/2020

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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

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Coffee & a Brexit anyone?

Liz Maher, of Centurion VAT, previews our upcoming webinar on the implications of Brexit for the VAT system, and what that will mean for housing organisations throughout the sector

28/07/2016

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Collaborative working key to helping people live well with dementia

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland Chair Esther Wilson reflects on the important links between housing, health and social care and encourages housing organisations to re-examine their services to ensure that people with dementia are able to live independently at home.

14/08/2018

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Collective thinking

Kevin Howell, CIH Cymru director, invites members of CIH Cymru to the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales hustings next month, and shares the collective’s new joint manifesto ahead of the fifth term of the National Assembly for Wales

29/03/2016

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Community-powered tech to support homeless households

Seb Barker, COO at Beam, shares his understanding on the complexity of homelessness but also how it can be solved through joint working where every organisation plays to its strengths.

26/06/2020

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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

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Costs for low income PRS households increasingly unaffordable

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s report on the impact of changes to housing benefit and local housing allowances on the private rented sector, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “This report highlights an on-going issue for people on low incomes who are living in the private rented sector – their housing costs are becoming increasingly unaffordable.

12/03/2014

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Countdown to letting agent registration deadline

CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell reminds members that letting agent applications must be submitted by 1 October 2018.

17/07/2018

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COVID-19 vs Social Housing

In his latest guest blog, Neil Clapperton, chief executive of Grampian Housing Association shares what his organisation have been doing to support the current national emergency.

11/05/2020

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Credits where it's due - changes to training at CIH Cymru

CIH Cymru is always looking to raise standards in the sector and help housing professionals be great at their jobs. Today we’re announcing some big changes to our programme of learning to do just that. To get an idea of how the changes will work we put a few questions to Sonia Dorothy, learning and development co-ordinator.

10/07/2015

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Crisis in housing featured in latest Housing Ireland journal

When I met with the Journal’s editorial panel in Dublin one sunny morning in January this year, it soon became clear it wasn’t a matter of what to write on, but what not to write on. Housing is in crisis, and the effects go wide and deep.

07/04/2014

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Critical role of housing in supporting people with dementia highlighted during Dementia Awareness Week

As Dementia Awareness Week gets underway, our policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn highlights recent research and practice guidance published by CIH Scotland which shows the critical role of housing in helping people to live well with dementia.

05/06/2018

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'I'm excited by the ways data and technology can be harnessed to help us'

What is going digital and how are social landlords going about it? Incommunities chief executive Geraldine Howley explores some of the findings from CIH's new Going digital: gearing up for the future report - produced in partnership with Incommunities and Halton Housing.

19/06/2018

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A distance learning student's story

Elsa Ward has been working in homelessness services for more than 16 years and we wanted to find out how her CIH distance learning studies has helped her career.

05/07/2012

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A Rising Star’s top tips for communicating effectively with young people

People say that teenagers make the toughest audiences. Catherine Attenborough, one of this year’s Rising Stars finalists, shares what she’s learned about communicating effectively with this age group during the competition.

13/05/2013

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Annual membership survey M

This month we're inviting members from across the UK to tell us their views about their membership and professional development. Entries can win their 2015 membership subscription in a prize draw.

10/03/2014

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Another opportunity for social housing providers: The changing school environment

Sarah Morton, one of the three finalists in Rising Stars 2013, explores how the changing school environment could be an opportunity for the housing industry to engage with children and young people.

13/05/2013

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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

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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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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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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: 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: 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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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 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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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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CIH members: Have your say M

We’re inviting CIH members to take part in a ballot on three important areas from this week.

07/10/2013

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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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CIH Scotland AGM 2014 M

The CIH Scotland 2014 annual general meeting took place at the SECC, Glasgow, as part of the CIH Scotland annual conference and exhibition on 12 March 2014.

13/03/2014

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CIH Vice President addresses rally against eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow

CIH Vice President Jim Strang attended a rally on Saturday (4th August 2018) to demonstrate against proposals by accommodation contractor Serco to evict hundreds of asylum seekers from their homes in Glasgow. You can read Jim's speech in full below.

06/08/2018

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Day one at Housing 2013

Thousands joined us as we opened the doors at Manchester Central on Tuesday. Here are the highlights from day one at Housing 2013.

26/06/2013

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Day two at Housing 2013

Read all the highlights, see the photos and film clips from day two at Manchester Central.

27/06/2013

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Depooling – what are the challenges?

CIH consultant, David Smethurst, has worked as a frontline practitioner in housing for 20 years. In an attempt to uncover the confusion around depooling, David provides us with an insight into what depooling is, how it can create problems and why it’s important.

26/03/2012

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Don't miss your chance to vote for CIH Vice President

The closing date for the receipt of ballot papers is Monday 30 January at 6pm

26/01/2012

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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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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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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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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: 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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Emma Lindley - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Emma and her campaign

27/05/2014

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Financing the future

Neil Merrick investigates approaches to funding new social and affordable housing around the UK and finds significant differences

25/01/2012

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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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Getting to know: CIH London board member Dan Short

Get to know CIH London board member Dan Short, managing director at Greenacre Recruitment.

17/04/2019

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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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Housing must be at the centre of policy on poverty

In this new opinion piece for Challenge Poverty Week, CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at the role of housing in helping to address poverty.

01/10/2018

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Housing organisations are opening up to disabled professionals

A scheme from CIH is helping disabled people to work in housing.

07/11/2011

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How online learning helped me to reach my career goals

Peter Fisher, senior accommodation officer for Ipswich Borough Council, chose to study online with CIH to gain the qualifications he needed to move into a management role. He tell us about his experiences of online learning with CIH.

06/12/2013

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In-house qualifications are a huge success!

Our Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice is the one of the most popular qualifications we run. In 2011, we started to deliver our qualifications in-house, enabling housing organisations to train several employees at the same time, at a date and location convenient to them.

06/08/2012

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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

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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

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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

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Instagram live: Human library with Rob Gershon M

Missed the instagram live session with Rob Gershon?

01/12/2017

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James Caspell - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on James and his campaign

27/05/2014

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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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Latest learners from Gypsy and Traveller course graduate

A CIH course helps achieve positive outcomes for Gypsies and Travellers.

16/11/2011

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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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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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London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

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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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Making a positive difference

Housing and Disability Equality - A New Approach. This article first appeared in the January 2010 issue of 'Housing' the magazine for CIH members.

05/02/2010

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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

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Meet our 2018 Malcolm Smith Award winner

We caught up with Meg Deasley, the winner of the 2018 Malcom Smith Award, to find out more about her housing career and her reasons for undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing at the University of Glasgow.

24/09/2018

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Member survey - CIH magazine M

In July 2012, we relaunched CIH magazine, our member magazine (this is not Inside Housing, but is published as an insert to Inside Housing magazine every other month). A year on, we'd like to know what you think of your magazine - please take just 5 minutes to answer the following questions.

31/07/2013

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Message to all CIH members M

This statement was made at the CIH AGM by Turlogh O’Brien, chair of the Governing Board, on 1 May 2013.

01/05/2013

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New chair for CIH London board

Faisal Butt, lead commissioner for housing at Barnet Council, takes over from Kate Dodsworth.

17/04/2019

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New qualification will help tenants live more sustainably

CIH has developed a new qualification to help residents reduce their carbon footprint.

09/11/2011

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Nicola Laycock - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Nicola and her campaign

27/05/2014

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OneCIH 2015 presentations M

Copies of available presentations delivered at OneCIH 2015

12/06/2015

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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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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: 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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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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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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Presentations from Living in the city

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

26/05/2017

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Presentations from Making the rental strategy work

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

30/05/2017

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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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Preventing and tackling tenancy fraud M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with expert Fleur Priest-Stephens.

04/06/2013

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Professional development for CIH members

Check out all of our latest resources to support your career and professional development in one place - including webinars, mentoring, online courses and more.

26/09/2018

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Rethinking membership - find out what's happening where you are

Our Rethinking membership project aims to reimagine the way we connect with and support CIH members in their local area - get an update on our progress so far in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

29/05/2019

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Right to buy agreement deadline approaching

In March the government announced a reinvigorated policy on right-to-buy and one-for-one replacement. Agreements have now been sent to councils, and the deadline to sign is fast approaching.

21/06/2012

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Rising Star Peter Bond: Campaign update

Peter Bond, one of this year's Rising Stars finalists, outlines how he has found the competition so far and what's in store for the weeks ahead.

13/05/2013

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Scotland Conference: Day three

The final day of CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013 opened with an address from Chief Executive Grainia Long and a keynote session on ending the recession. Other highlights included an interview with Professor Duncan Maclennan from St Andrew's University, and sub-plenaries on welfare reform, the green deal, and vulnerable communities.

15/03/2013

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Scotland Conference: Day two

Day two of CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013 featured a debate on the implications of greater powers for Scotland, an interview with Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator, Kay Blair, and a session focusing on how we can make affordable housing for all a priority.

13/03/2013

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Scottish Housing Day 2018

Join us at the parliamentary reception for Scottish Housing Day 2018.

01/08/2018

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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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The future for tenant scrutiny

John Thornhill examines the latest developments in tenant scrutiny and how housing organisations can make it a success.

14/11/2011

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The Housing Strategy - In-depth comment

In-depth coverage and comment from Abigail Davies, Steve Partridge, Domini Gunn and Karen Doran on the government's Housing Strategy for England.

23/11/2011

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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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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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Three great topics, three amazing offers!

Linking in with our year of practice we have created some exciting offers to make it even easier to improve with us. With special offers on our great range of events around ASB, welfare reform and allocations, make sure you and your organisation don't miss out!

12/07/2012

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Vice President candidates question and answer session

On 18 January 2012, CIH hosted a question and answer session with the Vice President candidates to help members decide how to vote.

20/01/2012

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Webinar recap: ASB think tank M

The expert panel look at tackling ASB in the current lockdown environment.

13/05/2020

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Webinar recap: Bonfires to beacons: community cohesion in Northern Ireland M

Celebrations of culture and heritage can be an important part of life for some and a contentious issue for others. Tanya, Gavin & Mark examine the role social housing landlords can play in supporting communities explore the diverse range of opportunities available to them in reimaging celebrating their cultural heritage differently.

07/07/2020

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Webinar recap: Communications and Coronavirus: what works? M

Effective communication is key when dealing with and managing the many problems presenting themselves during the current Coronavirus crisis. Whether it’s scaling up communications to support customers or providing critical daily internal updates for employees, this webinar aims to help housing organisations to deliver on their promises to support communities. Find out what works when it comes to ensuring messages are clear, considered and current so that the correct people are aware of the right information at the right team.

10/06/2020

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Webinar recap: COVID-19 and front-line housing M

This webinar looked at how the current situation has evolved work for front-line housing staff and young professionals and the transition to remote working and good practice on working remotely.

05/06/2020

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Webinar recap: COVID-19 impact on the Northern Ireland economy and property market M

This webinar provided an economic update for the COVID-19 crisis within Northern Ireland.

15/06/2020

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Webinar recap: Dealing with complaints during the coronavirus M

The Housing Ombudsman has produced guidance for its member landlords which sets out best practice in how to engage with the Ombudsman during the Covid-19 crisis, along with guidance on dealing with complaints raised by the residents during this time. The Ombudsman has engaged with a large number of landlords reflecting the breadth of its membership. This is reflected in the guidance which covers the most common, specific queries and concerns that landlords have raised. This webinar covered some of the key areas in the guidance.

15/04/2020

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Webinar recap: Dealing with domestic abuse during self-isolation M

Our panel discuss why isolation and lockdown is a concerning and potentially dangerous time for victims of abuse and what professionals can do to ensure we identify, support and provide a safe environment for all.

07/04/2020

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Webinar recap: Developing and retrofitting: the low carbon agenda M

This webinar looked at the low- and zero-carbon agenda, retrofit of existing homes – opportunities and challenges and showed examples of developing new homes to higher energy standards including Passive House, zero carbon, Code 5, and Code 4

05/08/2020

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Webinar recap: Digital inclusion in housing during social distancing M

This webinar explored how housing organisations can continue to support their tenants, particularly those who are most vulnerable, with digital inclusion support in a time of social distancing and self-isolation due to coronavirus.

09/04/2020

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Webinar recap: Domestic abuse and technology M

This webinar mini series will provide an introduction to how perpetrators use technology to perpetrate domestic abuse and how to support survivors to stay safe online. It will also highlight how technology can be used to stay safe and safely leave an abusive relationship.

14/10/2019

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Webinar recap: Ensuring equality during lockdown M

Our speakers, Alicja and Hannah, explored how the Coronavirus crisis is impacting the poorer and more vulnerable people in our communities and throwing up barriers to the way that we would normally provide services. Alicja will discuss how we can ensure that we maintain equality in the allocation of housing options and support services provision during the COVID-19 lockdown.

03/06/2020

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Webinar recap: EU settlement scheme, what you need to know M

The webinar also provided attendees with a level of insight into future immigration routes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

06/05/2020

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Webinar recap: Getting your house in order: writing policies and procedures M

Writing effective policies and procedures for your organisation can be challenging. How do you know that you are applying and interpreting the law correctly when needed? Does the wording of your policies make that all clear and easy to understand?

18/09/2019

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Webinar recap: Getting your repairs service back up and running during COVID-19 M

As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased, what will the impact be on repairs and maintenance services? How will organisations deal with the backlog of repairs, reach out to customers in a meaningful way and manage customer expectations?

08/07/2020

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Webinar recap: Homelessness during coronavirus and beyond M

People who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in poor conditions are at a much higher risk of poor physical and mental health and the coronavirus outbreak has placed this inequality into even sharper focus. Local and national governments have been working quickly to ensure that every person has a safe place to live during the outbreak and that people can move if they need to. Rough sleepers have been offered temporary accommodation so that they can self-isolate safely and temporary legislation has been introduced to prevent evictions.

18/06/2020

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Webinar recap: Investing in healthier homes, decarbonisation and sustainability M

Tyfu Tai Cymru and Public Health Wales hosted this webinar to discuss the steps we need to take to ensure we are able to meet the requirements for decarbonisation while also investing in healthy homes now and in the future. The Ombudsman has engaged with a large number of landlords reflecting the breadth of its membership. This is reflected in the guidance which covers the most common, specific queries and concerns that landlords have raised. This webinar covered some of the key areas in the guidance.

23/04/2020

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Webinar recap: Membership strategy: board members briefing M

This webinar is a board members briefing on the membership strategy and will cover off 4 key areas: Where are we now in membership? What are the objectives? How can we get there? How can we all work together?

20/09/2019

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Webinar recap: No drains, no cranes: water infrastructure and housing development M

Having clean running water is vital for good health and something that many of us take for granted every day.

18/09/2020

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Webinar recap: Outcome and value in construction and housing M

For construction and housing, the post-Covid recovery represents the opportunity to play a vital role in recovery; the construction sector and social landlords are both ready and keen to mobilise, have a national impact, and produce a high level of GVA output. But the flip-side is risk; of investing in solutions that aren’t fit for purpose, housing that doesn’t address societal need and a lost opportunity to decarbonise

22/07/2020

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Webinar recap: Owning your future: Building your rapport to nurture relationships M

Building rapport with staff and getting to know your team is an effective way of building relationships and achieving results quickly. However, a leader’s role isn’t to be everyone’s best friend, but to lead in a way that inspires trust and confidence.

28/08/2020

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Webinar recap: Partnership working with housing, health and social care M

Building and maintaining effective partnerships between housing, health and social care is a key way to ensure people are able to stay safely in their homes and can return home as soon as possible after any hospital stays. This webinar looked at partnership projects and how these have been adapted to be able to deliver in the new world of lockdown. Care and Repair Cymru shared their ‘hospital to a healthier home’ project and Warmer Wales discussed how they are supporting people in their homes using remote technology.

07/05/2020

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Webinar recap: Planning for a pandemic M

Planning for a pandemic is all about managing risks. So, how do you manage technology risks?

06/08/2020

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Webinar recap: Safer by design M

This webinar covered the need for and the methodology behind Safer by design, and how architects and housing professionals can economically and practically incorporate the framework. The Ombudsman has engaged with a large number of landlords reflecting the breadth of its membership. This is reflected in the guidance which covers the most common, specific queries and concerns that landlords have raised. This webinar covered some of the key areas in the guidance.

15/04/2020

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Webinar recap: Scottish Housing Day: The value of social housing M

With the Scottish Government considering the size and scale of its next affordable and social housing programme, this debate came at the perfect time.

16/09/2020

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Webinar recap: Shine a light on mental health M

We were joined by our president Aileen Evans for this session on mental health and housing. Learn more about the mental health toolkit that has been created especially for the housing sector. We also heard from experts in the field of mental health and from leading housing organisations on how they have applied best practice for both staff and residents alike. Alicja will discuss how we can ensure that we maintain equality in the allocation of housing options and support services provision during the COVID-19 lockdown.

29/05/2020

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Webinar recap: Social housing allocations for now and the future M

The complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has brought housing into a sharp relief and means it is more important than ever that we are clear of the need and purpose of social housing in Wales. A central part of this is the allocation policies and processes that support people to access social housing in Wales.

15/07/2020

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Webinar recap: Supporting older people during the Coronavirus pandemic M

This webinar provided an opportunity to hear from the experts in the sector reflecting on their own experiences to help your work in supporting older people through this international public health emergency.

29/04/2020

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Webinar recap: Supporting vulnerable people to live independently through the COVID-19 crisis M

The initial phase of the housing sector’s and the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis was ensuring that the homeless, particularly rough sleepers, who often have very complex needs, were found safe and sustainable accommodation for the period of the lockdown. This meant ensuring that they received the support services they needed to be able to isolate and adhere to lockdown protocols. Supporting people with complex needs in the current environment has been a monumental task that the support and sheltered housing sectors have dealt with admirably, in often very difficult circumstances. We were joined by Cymorth Cymru director, Katie Dalton, who shared how supported housing professionals have responded and what lessons have been learnt..

08/06/2020

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Webinar recap: Tackling disrepair claims M

Successfully Tackling Disrepair and Fitness for Human Habitation Challenges - a webinar presented by Paul Lloyd, partner at Capsticks LLP

12/03/2020

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Webinar recap: The Coronavirus Act 2020 - the implications for landlords and tenants M

This webinar explored the provisions contained in the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill and the implications for landlords and tenants. It also considered some of the emerging practical issues and potential responses.

17/04/2020

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Webinar recap: The future of sheltered housing M

The expert panel looked at the housing needs of our ageing population and whether the current sheltered housing stock is suitable for purpose.

18/05/2020

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Webinar recap: The impact of COVID-19 on planned improvement programmes M

What will the post-COVID operating environment look like? Will it impact on existing improvement programmes? What will the expectations of governments be in terms of the decarbonisation agenda and how will this relate to the fiscal environment and other planned improvements.

30/07/2020

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Webinar recap: The power of reverse mentoring M

This webinar will cover LGBT+ Reverse Mentoring at Home Group. The topics covered include: • What it is • Why we did it • How it works • What we ‘ve got out of it • Top tips for setting up Reverse Mentoring

12/12/2019

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Webinar recap: Tipping point: From bad to good, how COVID-19 has triggered a route to renewal M

The global pandemic has thrown up many many challenges, but also many opportunities, now more than ever our sector is at tipping point in lots of areas. We need to ensure that we continue to work, share ideas and best practice to inform and act in a positive way so that we can tip the balance in favour of our aims, ensuring that everyone has a safe place to call home.

11/08/2020

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Webinar recap: Tipping point: Health and housing – building better partnerships M

Good housing is essential to our health and wellbeing. If there was ever any doubt about this, it has been well and truly extinguished by the Coronavirus epidemic which has cast new light on the inequalities within our society. People without a secure place to live or space to work and for children to learn and play have been hit much harder by the pandemic.

26/08/2020

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Webinar recap: Tipping point: On-going support coming out of COVID-19 M

The global pandemic has thrown up many many challenges, but also many opportunities, now more than ever our sector is at tipping point in lots of areas. We need to ensure that we continue to work, share ideas and best practice to inform and act in a positive way so that we can tip the balance in favour of our aims, ensuring that everyone has a safe place to call home.

18/08/2020

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Webinar recap: Topical housing teasers M

The topical housing teaser webinar will take a look at some key functions of a housing management service. We’ll explore all things Anti-Social Behaviour, Safeguarding and Tenancy Fraud. We’ll also share views on the current national policy agenda including Brexit and how this can impact the housing management function. If you sign up to this webinar, you can expect a lively presentation, packed full of hints and tips in how to deal with some of these complex issues.

10/12/2019

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Webinar recap: Welfare benefits and Coronavirus M

All of the recent changes made to the main out-of-work and in-work welfare benefits have been made as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Hear from our panel of experts as they focus on help with housing costs through universal credit and housing benefit.

20/05/2020

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Webinar recap: Working in partnership with contractors during COVID-19 M

As the UK begins to ease the restrictions of the COVID-19 lockdown, organisations will need to start re-establishing partnerships with their contractors and suppliers.

16/07/2020

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Webinar video: ASB reforming powers and tools M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Chris Grose and Paul Lloyd.

17/10/2013

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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: Building your resilience for success at work M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Ann Burton from Training by Design Ltd

05/02/2014

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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: Commercial Skills – making commerciality a reality M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Yvonne Castle of YCChange Consultants.

10/12/2013

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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: Developing your people through a coaching culture M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Yvonne Castle of YCChange Consultants Ltd

18/03/2014

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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: 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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Webinar video: Equality and diversity – breaking down barriers and mainstreaming diversity M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Kulbir Shergill, head of diversity and inclusion at Genesis and John Thornhill, senior policy and practice officer at CIH.

22/01/2014

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Webinar video: Fire safety in housing M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill and Jan Taranczuk.

07/08/2013

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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: 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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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: Housing and general election – what we know so far M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with CIH Policy and practice officer David Pipe

05/08/2014

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