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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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'A duty to protect residents from abuse should sit at the heart of our service.'

Karen Allsop from Bolton at Home, one of the first organisations to sign up for our new Make a Stand campaign, explains what her organisation is doing to help residents experiencing domestic abuse.

05/06/2018

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'At a time like this it's what we are and who we're for that really matters.'

Riverside chief executive Carol Matthews says it's a crucial time for us to 'reclaim social housing' and create a narrative for the government and the public in the latest of our Rethinking social housing blogs.

17/01/2018

Blog

'Benefit cap is fundamentally unfair.'

As the government releases its latest statistics showing the harsh impact of the benefit cap, CIH's David Pipe says it must consider raising or removing it.

08/05/2018

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'Call for strategy on older people's housing a welcome recommendation.'

A national strategy on older people's housing is desperately needed, says Sarah Davis, after a parliamentary committee published a report following its inquiry into the issue.

14/02/2018

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'Councils have a hugely important role to play to meet our social housing challenge'

Wales needs to return to a rate of development not seen in decades to meet its ambitious social housing target – so helping ambitious local authorities build more homes makes complete sense, says CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Matt Kennedy.

27/02/2018

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'Encouraging messages, now Labour must work on the detail.'

Senior policy adviser John Perry takes an in-depth look at Labour's housing green paper.

23/04/2018

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'Housing and domestic abuse conference the start of something great.'

Policy and practice research officer Yoric Irving-Clarke takes a detailed look at an event to explore domestic abuse and housing as part of Alison Inman's presidential appeal.

04/04/2018

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'Housing ladder has become a housing treadmill for many.'

As the Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes research which demonstrates the link between poverty and housing - Karen Croucher from the Centre for Housing Policy, which conducted the research, explores its findings.

30/04/2018

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'Housing organisations all have a role to play to tackle loneliness and isolation.'

Erosh chief executive, Rebecca Mollart, explores what housing organisations can do to tackle loneliness and isolation.

03/04/2018

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'Housing organisations must call out prejudice directed at gypsies and travellers.'

Housing organisations must play a central role in tackling prejudice directed at Gypsies and Travellers and provide more sites, says Rooftop Housing chief executive Boris Worrall.

08/05/2018

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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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'If longer fixed terms are going to be introduced, legislation is the best way forward'

What can the government do to improve security for private renters? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe assesses its proposals to introduce longer tenancies.

05/09/2018

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'It's critical people living and working in the sector help shape its future.'

Over a decade since the Hills review the misconceptions about social housing remain. It's time for us to take the debate forward, says David Edwards, vice chair of PA Housing.

09/01/2018

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'It's the shift, not the fix.'

Amanda Protheroe explores a victim-led approach to dealing with anti-social behaviour.

23/04/2018

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'Lack of ambition to build homes on a big scale is striking.'

Governments have met the housing needs of the nation under much more challenging economic conditions than those we have today, says historian, writer and broadcaster David Olusoga in this exclusive comment piece.

09/04/2018

Blog

'Longer tenancies in the PRS would be excellent news for many.'

While the flexibility of short-term tenancies is welcome for many, others need more security, says CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe.

24/07/2018

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'Make a Stand is of such vital importance'

Tackling domestic abuse should be at the forefront of social landlords' minds says Rachel Honey-Jones, community regeneration manager at Newydd Housing Association - the first Welsh organisation to sign up to CIH's Make a Stand pledge.

23/08/2018

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'Ministers have no excuses for not getting the social housing green paper right'

The government’s failure to publish the long-awaited social housing green paper before Parliament’s summer break is deeply disappointing says CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

25/07/2018

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'More landlords should be using legal powers to keep people safe'

Social landlords could be making more use of legal powers to protect residents from domestic abuse, say Andrea Baker of Poplar HARCA and Daniel Skinner of Capsticks.

22/08/2018

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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

Blog

'New fire safety guidance an opportunity to raise awareness.'

The Scottish Government is producing refreshed guidance on fire safety for providers of certain types of accommodation. We spoke to Susanne Flynn in our policy and practice team to find out what it means and who should take note.

12/02/2018

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'New thinking and clear evidence will help us to secure our future.'

In the latest of our series of comment pieces as part of our Rethinking social housing project, the project's advisory group co-chair Ken Gibb says evidence will help the sector to move forward.

19/12/2017

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'No better time for housing organisations to commit to tackle domestic abuse.'

Elinor Crouch-Puzey details the work the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing to help housing organisations tackle the problem.

26/02/2018

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'No one should have to choose between abuse and homelessness.'

As a new report by domestic abuse charity SafeLives suggests domestic abuse victims are being failed and forced onto the streets, chief executive Suzanne Jacob says no one should face a choice between abuse and homelessness.

10/05/2018

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'Our homelessness crisis is getting out of control'

A sobering report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is the latest evidence that the sharp end of our national housing crisis is affecting more and more people, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

15/12/2017

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'Our rural communities play a crucial role, we must support them.'

England's rural communities are being undermined by a lack of affordable housing, says Darren Baxter from IPPR, as the organisation launches a new report during Rural Housing Week.

04/07/2018

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'Positive steps towards solving 'unacceptable' rough sleeping issue.'

A new action plan on rough sleeping and the release of Housing First guidance by the Welsh Assembly are positive steps on the way to solving the growing rough sleeping problem in Wales, says Matt Kennedy.

14/02/2018

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'Predicting the future is a tricky business, but we must.'

Rooftop Housing Group chief executive Boris Worrall says housing organisations must look to the future to make sure we meet the challenges we face.

21/05/2018

Blog

'Reasons to be optimistic as we head into 2018.'

There are reasons to be optimistic but the housing sector has to continue making its case, says CIH Cymru's policy expert Matt Kennedy takes a look ahead to what to look out for in 2018.

17/01/2018

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'Removing help with housing costs for young people was a mistake.'

The government's own figures show removing help with housing costs for 18-21-year-olds was a mistake, time to scrap the policy, says CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe.

25/01/2018

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'Rough sleeping measures a step in the right direction but we need more.'

As the Homelessness Reduction Act comes in effect and the government announces a package of measures to tackle rough sleeping, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves says we still need more to make a difference.

11/04/2018

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'Safeguarding is everyone’s business'

As National Safeguarding Adults Week gets underway, we're adding a new section dedicated to safeguarding to our online knowledge hub for CIH members. Senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis explains why everyone in housing needs to understand the vital role they have in safeguarding adults with care and support needs who are at risk of abuse or neglect.

20/11/2018

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'Scottish social landlords must prepare for new allocations rules'

New rules on allocations and suspensions will require social landlords in Scotland to review their policies and make changes where necessary. CIH Scotland and housing research consultants Craigforth have been appointed by the Scottish Government to prepare practice guidance for landlords on the important change.

30/01/2018

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'So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland.'

Following the launch of our Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project, director Nicola McCrudden takes a look at the unique context in Northern Ireland.

14/03/2018

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'Social housing must not be seen as a place of last resort.'

It's time for us to redefine social housing, says Sovereign's divisional director Stuart Davies, in the latest of our Rethinking social housing comment pieces.

22/01/2018

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'Still work to be done to understand proposed changes to supported housing.'

As we respond to two government consultations on supported housing, senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis explores the implications of proposed changes.

06/02/2018

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'The housing sector can help domestic abuse victims and save lives.'

Housing organisations can and should help to save the lives of domestic abuse victims, says Anthony Duerden, as he explains what his organisation is doing in the latest of our exclusive comment pieces for Alison Inman's presidential appeal.

29/01/2018

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'The letting agency industry badly needs professionalising.'

Plans to reform letting agents could finally mean they serve their crucial purpose in the sector, says policy and practice officer David Pipe.

09/04/2018

Blog

'There's reason for the millions of private renters to be optimistic.'

David Pipe says proposals to reform the private rented sector mean there's reason to be optimistic for millions of tenants.

27/02/2018

Blog

'This act will literally put hundreds of people on the street'

Chartered Institute of Housing Vice President Jim Strang reacts to news that hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow face eviction.

30/07/2018

Blog

'Thousands are locked out of social housing - we need a plan to boost supply.'

The government's promise to help those locked out of social housing will only be credible if it sets out a plan to deliver homes for low-income families, says Brian Robson, in the latest of our exclusive Rethinking social housing comment pieces.

21/02/2018

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'Time for parties to come together to build the housing we need.'

CIH Northern Ireland policy and practice expert Justin Cartwright takes a look ahead to 2018 and says it's time for politicians to come together to build the homes the region needs.

16/01/2018

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'To change attitudes to social housing we must reframe the conversation.'

Matt Kennedy, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru, says we must reframe the conversation on social housing and tell positive stories to change public attitudes.

22/05/2018

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'We are all customers and we expect much more now than we ever did.'

Should residents be treated as tenants or customers? Can technology ever replace human contact in housing? We spoke to customer service guru Linda Moir, who headed the London 2012 dream team, to find out her thoughts on customer service in housing.

19/02/2018

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'We have a unique opportunity to define the future of our sector.'

Improving people's understanding of our sector is crucial, says Incommunities chief executive and former CIH president Geraldine Howley in the latest of our exclusive Rethinking social housing comment pieces.

02/01/2018

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'We must refuse to accept it is ok for someone not to have a home.'

CIH Scotland chair, Esther Wilson, issues a rallying cry to housing organisations to share best practice and showcase the difference they make to so many people's lives.

25/04/2018

Blog

'We must tackle the hidden housing crisis for disabled people.'

As a new report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) calls for national housing strategies to improve options for disabled people, Sarah Davis says we need to act now.

11/05/2018

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'We must take care to define who and what social housing is for.'

Who and what social housing is for may seem obvious, but we must take care in how we explore these fundamental questions, says Dr Chris Foye, in the latest of our Rethinking social housing comment pieces.

14/02/2018

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'We must understand the opportunities following the abolition of right to buy.'

As the abolition of Right to Buy in Wales receives Royal Assent, CIH Cymru's policy expert Matt Kennedy says its legacy can help to guide future thinking.

30/01/2018

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'We need to change the debate on the housing crisis'

Any debate on the housing crisis needs to start at the sharp end rather than focusing on home ownership, argues CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks.

18/07/2018

Blog

'We need to rethink the way we deal with homelessness'

The Homelessness Reduction Act has huge potential - but only if organisations have the right culture to make the most of it, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

15/01/2018

Blog

'Why can't housing trust tenants’ intelligence and give power back to communities?'

Ahead of her session at Total Housing 2018, community-run housing campaigner Lizzie Spring says the charred husk of Grenfell Tower is a constant motivation to speak out and ask the sector to listen.

22/02/2018

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'Workplace stress in the housing sector is a major issue that we must tackle.'

More must be done to deal with workplace stress in an increasingly challenging and complex housing sector, says Matt Parkyn, as he embarks on a major piece of research to understand and tackle the issue.

14/05/2018

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'Youth homelessness is everybody's business.'

Tamsin Stirling explores youth homelessness in Wales and lessons from approaches which have tackled it.

20/04/2018

Blog

10 steps to creating customer service champions

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

09/05/2011

Blog

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

Blog

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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2017: a year in review by CIH's policy and practice team

An election, a change of housing minister and a raft of major housing policy changes – as an eventful 2017 comes to an end our policy and practice experts take a look at the big changes and their hopes for 2018.

18/12/2017

Blog

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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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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

A new era in fight against homelessness but are we ready?

As the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act approaches, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves asks is the sector ready for the changes.

27/03/2018

Blog

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

Blog

A winning scheme for the sector

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

12/08/2011

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

All change in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector

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

18/01/2017

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Alan Ferguson, Director (CIH Scotland),

25/02/2011

Blog

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

Blog

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

Rich Warrington, Head of Strategic Partnerships, discusses

19/08/2011

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

Be Bold in your career

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

17/05/2017

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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 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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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

Blog

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

TAI

Building on Strengths

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

21/02/2012

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

Can we stagnate our way out of this?

Richard Capie, Deputy Chief Executive, discusses home ownership

07/02/2011

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

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

04/04/2017

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

Challenge, choice and opportunity

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

18/02/2011

Blog

Challenges in 2018 as we look to build the homes we need

Housing delivery, homelessness, standards and much more - as we enter 2018 CIH Scotland policy expert Ashley Campbell explores what to look out for.

17/01/2018

Blog

Changing culture and getting it right - what can housing learn from education?

Ahead of his session at TAI 2018, Wales head teacher of the year 2017 Mark Thompson takes us through the journey St. Helen’s Primary has been on in Swansea, where vast improvements in the school’s performance have been achieved through a collaborative approach among staff and with the wider community.

28/02/2018

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

CIH Careers Week 2018: 'Why I love housing.'

CIH Cymru director, Matt Dicks, explores his route into a career in housing.

05/03/2018

Blog

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

Blog

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

TAI

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

CIH in South East Asia

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

29/06/2011

Blog

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'A chance to have real influence and inspire housing's future leaders'

Less than a year since the CIH Futures group was set up it is playing a central role in influencing the organisation. We spoke to CIH Futures member Eden Bailey to find out more about being involved.

26/01/2018

Feature

'Driving a new agenda in assets and repairs.'

As the CIH Repairs & Maintenance Conference & Exhibition 2018 approaches, we asked Richard Medley, our conference chair, to set out what he thinks repairs and maintenance needs to deliver for residents, for landlord organisations and for the property asset.

10/04/2018

Feature

'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

Feature

'It's time the housing sector got involved to help shape the national strategy to end loneliness'

Social landlords already do a huge amount of work to help tackle loneliness – and now they have the chance to shape the government’s new strategy, says senior policy adviser Andy Staniford from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport .

16/07/2018

Feature

'Key to future proofing your career, you need to develop a career strategy'

Nick Griffiths, district manager (East) of Leicester City Council and CIH East Midlands regional board member reflects on what he learnt from the 'Owning your future' event back in April.

12/07/2018

Feature

'Mentoring has made a massive difference.'

Our mentoring scheme matches up CIH members with experienced members to help them to share knowledge and develop their career. We spoke to Tony Stacey and James Sanderson to find out what they've learned from their partnership.

13/02/2018

Feature

'Take time to reflect and Be Bold'

Getting out your comfort zone is really what Be Bold is all about says Kirstine Clark, policy and strategy advisor at Riverside. And if you’re a CIH member you can access the course for a heavily discounted rate of £60+VAT.

17/07/2018

Feature

'You make it happen, you call the shots!' - the Big Conversation

Ahead of our Big Conversation event, which brings together up and coming housing professionals, we held our very own big conversation with Yorkshire Housing's Katherine Proctor who is vice chair of the CIH Yorkshire and Humber regional board.

08/05/2018

Feature

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

Feature

A look back at last months Eastern policy working together event

Chair of the CIH Eastern Board Russell Heath shares his thoughts as we talked all things policy at the Eastern policy working together event last month.

09/07/2018

Feature

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

Feature

Achieving significant savings in asset service

Richard Woolfall, head of property services at Your Housing Group explains why the Assets and Repairs 2020 group is important and why he wanted to be involved in the group.

17/05/2018

Feature

Agility in the workplace

Hear from Marie Jenkins, business owner of Advance your Wellbeing as she explores what being agile in housing looks like and the interpersonal skills an organisation needs to be more agile.

08/11/2018

Feature

All you need to know about Be Bold in Your Career

We spoke to course director of Career Innovation, Rosemary McLean to find out more about the 'Be Bold in Your Career' online course.

17/10/2018

Feature

Annual General Meeting 2014 M

Chartered Institute of Housing Annual General Meeting 2014 was held on Wednesday 14 May 2014

19/05/2014

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

Autumn Statement - call for views

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

23/08/2016

Feature

Board member recruitment

Could you be a CIH East Midlands board member?

22/02/2016

Feature

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

Feature

Bringing policy and practice together: Housing Studies Association annual conference

Yoric Irving-Clarke, our policy and practice research officer, gives a round-up of the recent Housing Studies Association (HSA) annual conference.

20/04/2018

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

CIH events debrief papers M

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

01/05/2016

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

David Tovey's conference preview at The Big Conversation

We spoke to David Tovey, artist and homelessness activist and Patron of the GEM programme about his upcoming session at The Big Conversation 2018. David’s session focuses on how to use art to cope with diversity and build confidence as part of your own personal development.

10/05/2018

Feature

David Tovey's conference preview at The Big Conversation

We spoke to David Tovey, artist and homelessness activist and Patron of the GEM programme about his upcoming session at The Big Conversation 2018. David’s session focuses on how to use art to cope with diversity and build confidence as part of your own personal development.

10/05/2018

Feature

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

Feature

Day two at Housing 2013

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

27/06/2013

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

Emma Lindley - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Emma and her campaign

27/05/2014

Feature

Financing the future

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

25/01/2012

Feature

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

Feature

Get involved - Welsh Government affordable housing review issues call for evidence

With the affordable housing review now a couple of months into its one year life-cycle, the CIH Cymru review team have released a call for evidence across all areas within its remit.

01/08/2018

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 commencement

The Commencement Order for the social housing aspects of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 was laid in Parliament on 15 May.

22/05/2018

Feature

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

Feature

Housing organisations are opening up to disabled professionals

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

07/11/2011

Feature

How does the knowledge hub work?

Policy and practice officer David Pipe explores what housing professionals can expect to find in the knowledge hub, an exclusive benefit available to CIH members.

04/07/2018

Feature

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

Feature

How’s your career health these days?

Rosemary McLean, Valerie Rowles and Mark Anderson, course guides for ‘Be Bold in Your Career’, available online via CIH, suggest that now is just the moment to escalate the importance of thinking about your career.

03/12/2018

Feature

In the spotlight – Grand Union Housing Group

CIH regional manager Rebecca Clarke and Grand Union Housing Group had the pleasure of hosting a day out with the CIH Hong Kong delegation last month visiting various development schemes in the Eastern region.

07/08/2018

Feature

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

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Aileen Evans M

Missed the instagram live session with Aileen Evans?

09/03/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Aileen Evans and Adam Clark M

Missed the instagram live session with Aileen Evans and Adam Clark?

01/11/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Alison Inman M

Missed the instagram live session with Alison Inman?

22/12/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Chris Grose M

Missed the instagram live session with Chris Grose?

02/03/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Denise Kirkham  M

Missed the instagram live session with Denise Kirkham?

01/11/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Elly Hoult M

Missed the instagram live session with Elly Hoult?

15/12/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Esko Reinikainen M

Missed the instagram live session with Esko Reinikainen?

05/01/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Evie Copland M

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

06/10/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Geeta Nanda M

Missed the instagram live session with Geeta Nanda?

01/11/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Gemma Stockdale M

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

03/11/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Jen Barfoot M

Missed the instagram live session with Jen Barfoot?

02/02/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Kate Dodsworth M

Missed the instagram live session with Kate Dodsworth?

08/12/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Lisa Pickard M

Missed the instagram live session with Lisa Pickard?

19/01/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Nick Atkin M

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

24/11/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Rob Gershon M

Missed the instagram live session with Rob Gershon?

01/12/2017

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Stephani Davis M

Missed the instagram live session with Stephani Davis?

09/02/2018

Feature

Instagram live: Human library with Tony Stacey M

Missed the instagram live session with Tony Stacey?

12/01/2018

Feature

Instagram live: James Sanderson M

Missed the instagram live session with James Sanderson? Listen to James housing story and about the rising stars competition.

26/01/2018

Feature

James Caspell - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on James and his campaign

27/05/2014

Feature

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

Feature

Latest learners from Gypsy and Traveller course graduate

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

16/11/2011

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

Feature

Looking through a different lens: the CIH South West Regional Conference

Melanie Brain, head of housing strategy and partnerships at Cornwall Council talks about what she got out of day one at the South West conference 2018.

24/05/2018

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

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

02/06/2017

Feature

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

Feature

Meet the regional manager: Jill Allcoat - East Midlands, West Midlands and South West

We spoke to Jill Allcoat to find out more about her role at CIH and the work she is doing with CIH members in the East Midlands, West Midlands and South West.

12/03/2018

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Meet the regional manager: Rebecca Clarke - South East, London and Eastern

We spoke to Rebecca Clarke to find out more about her role at CIH and the work she is doing with CIH members in the South East, London and Eastern regions.

12/03/2018

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Meet the regional manager: Stephanie Kelley - North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside

We spoke to Stephanie Kelley to find out more about her role at CIH and the work she is doing with CIH members in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside.

12/03/2018

Feature

Meet the regional managers

We spoke to each of our regional managers to find out more about their careers, their work with members in their area, what they want to achieve and much more.

12/03/2018

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Meeting Caroline Leech, CIH member champion

This week Rebecca Clarke, regional manager met one of our member champions for the East, Carolyn Leech, service excellence business lead at Thrive Homes.

12/04/2018

Feature

Member election panel survey M

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

11/12/2014

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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

Feature

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

Feature

Mind the gap: addressing the skills gap in the housing sector

Daniel Short, director at Greenacre Recruitment talks about the market research Greenacre has been undertaking to look at the skills shortage in the housing sector and what the key challenges are.

05/06/2018

Feature

National Careers Week: top tips from our North West board

Our North West Board give their top career tips as part of CIH Careers Week.

08/03/2018

Feature

New Housing Professional 2018 finalist blog: Catherine James

Catherine James from Family Housing sat in on a session exploring approaches to delivering services which are designed around the needs of service users on day one of TAI 2018 as part of our New Housing Professional competition.

25/04/2018

Feature

New Housing Professional 2018 finalist blog: Katie Hill

Katie Hill from Seraph Property Management gives her reflections from a session on fire safety in high-rise buildings at TAI 2018 as part of our New Housing Professional competition.

25/04/2018

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New Housing Professional 2018 finalist blog: Sarah Felvus

Sarah Felvus from Melin Homes gives her views on a session on the value for money challenges facing housing organisations at TAI 2018 as part of our New Housing Professional competition.

25/04/2018

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New Housing Professional 2018 finalist blog: Teri Power

Teri Power from Monmouthshire Housing Association sat in on a session exploring social isolation and loneliness among older people on day one at TAI 2018 which was delivered by Rebecca Mollart from Erosh.

25/04/2018

Feature

New Housing Professional competition: finalists blogs

The four CIH Cymru New Housing Professional finalists are competing for votes at TAI 2018 this week and as part of the competition they wrote a blog on a session of their choice.

25/04/2018

Feature

New qualification will help tenants live more sustainably

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

09/11/2011

Feature

New Year, new offer for CIH members

Our head of membership Claire Spendley outlines what's new for members in 2018.

17/01/2018

Feature

Nicola Laycock - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Nicola and her campaign

27/05/2014

Feature

OneCIH 2015 presentations M

Copies of available presentations delivered at OneCIH 2015

12/06/2015

Feature

Opportunity to Meet the Veep!

CIH Scotland is delighted to offer you the opportunity to come and meet our vice president (and soon to be president) Jim Strang.

30/08/2018

Feature

Partnership working is key when it comes to keeping our communities safe

Lindsey Hoggard, neighbourhood manager from Homes in Sedgemoor talks about the partnership work they are doing with the police to address organised crime.

12/07/2018

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

Presentations from Living in the city

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

26/05/2017

Feature

Presentations from Making the rental strategy work

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

30/05/2017

Feature

Presentations from 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

Feature

Preventing and tackling tenancy fraud M

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

04/06/2013

Feature

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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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 apprenticeship levy: one year on

We spoke to our head of professional standards Vanessa Howell to find out more about the progress the sector has made since the changes to housing apprenticeships were introduced.

09/04/2018

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The Big Conversation: 'A place where we can welcome those starting to develop their careers in housing'

Geraldine Howley, CEO of Incommunities looks back at The Big Conversation in May on how important it is for people starting out in their housing career to take the next steps and develop a real sense of career progression.

09/07/2018

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The Big Conversation: a chance to debate the housing questions that really matter

Stephanie Kelley, regional manager for the North looks back at The Big Conversation in May 2018 and the opportunities delegates had to get involved in more unconventional unconference sessions.

09/07/2018

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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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The social housing green paper – a new deal for social housing?

CIH regional manager Rebecca Clarke looks at what the green paper means for the London, South East and Eastern regions.

05/09/2018

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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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Transformation in housing: the reality

Chantelle Miller, senior housing officer at Tuntum Housing Association attend our 'Transformation in housing' event last week and tells us what she learned from the day.

13/07/2018

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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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Virtual roundtable webinar: Supported housing funding part 2 M

Government has set out its policy statement on funding for supported housing. CIH policy and practice officer Sarah Davis explores further consultations set out by government on ‘sheltered rent’ and extra care housing, and funding for short-term services – managing the fund devolved to local authorities.

17/01/2018

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