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Top 20 most-read on in 2017


From fire safety to universal credit, we count down the most-read articles on during the past 12 months.

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

Kelly Henderson, domestic violence business manager at Gentoo, outlined her new research project to inform and encourage the housing sector to embrace its role in tackling domestic abuse. Read more

19. Calls for urgent shift in housing funding as new figures reveal imbalance

Our analysis revealed the extent to which government investment in the private market dwarfs support for affordable housing. Read more

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

In April a new £7.5 million housing research centre – the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) – was launched, bringing together nine UK universities, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Read more

17. Gap between Local Housing Allowance and rents putting private rents 'out of reach'

Our research revealed that the help with housing costs that young, single people in the private sector get and their rents is making housing virtually inaccessible. Read more

16. UK Housing Awards winners announced in record-breaking year

The winners of the 2017 UK Housing Awards were unveiled at a ceremony in London attended by more than 700 housing professionals. Read more

15. 'Housing organisations must embrace technology to survive'

James Caspell, head of business improvement and performance at Sutton Housing Partnership and CIH Futures member, blogged on how embracing new technology will be key for housing organisations to thrive. Read more

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

Our chief executive Terrie Alafat's response to the government's housing white paper, which was unveiled in February before the snap general election. Read more

13. CIH welcomes news Local Housing Allowance cap won't apply to social housing

Our response to Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that the Local Housing Allowance cap will not apply to supported housing or the wider social housing sector. Read more

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

Following November's Budget CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford. Read more

11. Housing apprenticeships: the big questions

During National Apprenticeship Week CIH head of professional standards Vanessa Howell answered the big questions about the new housing apprenticeships. Read more

10. CIH responds to new plans for funding supported housing

We welcomed news that that long-term supported housing will continue to be funded by the welfare system, but voiced concerns about the government's proposals for vital short-term specialist housing, which supports people who have been victims of homelessness or domestic abuse, for example. Read more

9. Ten things to look out for in housing in 2017

CIH's head of practice Debbie Larner took a look at the year ahead - find out if any of her predictions came true! Read more

8. New research guide encourages close relationship between councils and housing associations

Our Building Bridges best practice research guide outlined how a close relationship between local authorities and housing associations will be crucial to meet housing need. Read more

7. Fire safety: what should housing organisations be thinking about?

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

6. Three wishes for housing in 2017

CIH head of policy Melanie Rees outlined her three wishes for the year ahead - find out which ones came true. Read more

5. A game-changing approach to repairs and maintenance

James Shaw, director of property services at Hyde Housing, blogged on the organisation's new approach to maintenance which is challenging convention and saving millions of pounds. Read more

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

CIH policy and practice officer Priya Thethi explored what social landlords need to be doing differently to adapt to the full-service roll-out of universal credit. Read more

3. Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

Following the announcement of the snap general election CIH's head of policy Melanie Rees took a look at what the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour manifestos said about housing. Read more

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

In November we launched Rethinking social housing, which will combine original research and engagement with the sector, tenants, politicians and the public to explore fundamental questions about the future of social housing. Read more

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

Proving that a year is a very long time in housing (especially for housing ministers), at number one is our interim head of membership David Pipe reflecting on the debate at then-housing minister Gavin's Barwell's meetings with housing professionals. Mr Barwell is of course no longer in post after losing his seat as an MP in June's general election. Read more

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