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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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'Time for repairs and maintenance to take centre stage.'

Housing organisations have been forced to rethink the way they provide repairs and maintenance in the light of financial pressures, but it's not just about doing the same with less, says Richard Medley, director of assets and neighbourhoods.

22/03/2017

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Changes to starter homes represents significant shift

The change to the government's policy on starter homes outlined in the housing white paper is a positive move, says policy and practice officer David Pipe.

21/03/2017

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A planner's view of how we solve the housing crisis

The white paper opens up much-needed debate on housing and planning in England, but does it go far enough? Trudi Elliott, CEO of the Royal Town Planning Institute, thinks more must be done to bring about the changes we need to solve the housing crisis.

20/03/2017

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'Our housing crisis is a question of supply, supply, supply. Or is it?'

Building more homes will only go so far in solving our housing crisis argues Peter Williams, one of the authors of the UK Housing Review.

16/03/2017

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'If we're going to tackle homelessness we can all play a part.'

As the Homelessness Reduction Bill edges closer to becoming law we spoke to Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis about the scale of the problem and his hopes for the future.

15/03/2017

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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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Housing apprenticeships: the big questions

As National Apprenticeship Week begins, Vanessa Howell, our head of professional standards, answers the big questions about the new housing apprenticeships.

06/03/2017

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Four reasons housing organisations deserve to celebrate their success

As it is revealed this year's Housing Heroes Awards attracted more than double the submissions we had last year, CIH's communications manager Steve Hayes says housing organisations deserve to celebrate their success.

02/03/2017

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'If social housing were a start up we'd do things rather differently.'

Consultant Ian Hembrow says it's time for housing organisations to take a serious look at how they do things to solve the UK's chronic housing shortage.

01/03/2017

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'Replacing homes under the right to buy isn't working, it's time to think again.'

As housing minister Gavin Barwell says right to buy is only justifiable if replacements are built, policy officer David Pipe says it's time for the government to seriously rethink the policy.

28/02/2017

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'To tackle homelessness we must first understand the data.'

Ahead of the launch of the UK Housing Review, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves looks at what the homelessness figures can tell us about the issue.

28/02/2017

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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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'We won't build enough homes if we just carry on doing the same things.'

The government has committed to solving the housing crisis and in its housing white paper it sets out a number of measures to get us building more homes. But do the measures go far enough and how will the sector significantly increase the amount of homes it builds? We spoke to Melanie Leech, the chief executive of the British Property Federation, to find out more.

27/02/2017

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'Brexit means we have to build fewer houses' ... or does it?

Ahead of the launch of the UK Housing Review we will be running a series of blogs trailing its content. In the first of these John Perry, our senior policy advisor, looks at whether some of the claims made about the likely impact of Brexit on housing demand stack up.

23/02/2017

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Homelessness: what can you do differently to make a difference?

In her latest blog our president Julie Fadden talks about her time as president and challenges housing organisations to change their thinking and take action to tackle homelessness.

23/02/2017

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

Housing minister Gavin Barwell came to Birmingham yesterday as part of his regional tour of events to meet housing professionals to discuss the housing white paper. Policy and practice officer David Pipe looks at six things we learned from the minister.

22/02/2017

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'We resolved crises of housing and poverty before, we can do it again.'

In our final exclusive comment piece as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Richard Rawes, chairman of the Webb Memorial Trust, says we can resolve the crises of poverty and housing with the right impetus.

17/02/2017

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Six things the government needs to consider about supported housing funding

As the first stage of the government's consultation on a new funding framework for supported housing closes, senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis details our six key concerns.

15/02/2017

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'We must not overlook the value of sheltered housing'

As the government's consultation on a new funding structure for supported housing ends, Bruce Moore, the chief executive of Housing & Care 21, says it must not overlook the 300,000 older people who live in sheltered housing.

14/02/2017

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Is the 'right to rent' right?

Matt Kennedy takes a look at the right to rent scheme following the publication of a report marking one year from its roll-out in England.

13/02/2017

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Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector, argues Seb Klier, from Generation Rent, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

13/02/2017

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'We must not leave our suburbs behind'

A suburban renaissance will be key to solving our housing crisis, says Paul Hunter from the Smith Institute, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

09/02/2017

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Four steps to housing heaven? The government's housing White Paper

Following the publication of the long-awaited housing White Paper this week, CIH head of policy Melanie Rees gives her thoughts on what's significant for the sector.

09/02/2017

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Tenant participation – overcoming the challenges

Ahead of the upcoming CIH lunch and learn event focusing on tenant participation in the social housing sector, Martin Downey, community involvement officer with Helm Housing, takes a look at some of the challenges around tenant participation.

08/02/2017

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New director starts at CIH Cymru

Matt Dicks started as director of CIH Cymru on 6 February 2017 - here he shares his views on starting, the job at hand, and listening to members.

07/02/2017

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‘Local solutions are needed for local problems.’

In the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Jennifer Line explores what community-led housing has to offer in response to the housing crisis.

07/02/2017

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‘We must build communities, not just new homes.’

In the latest of our exclusive articles, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Ruth Davidson from the National Housing Federation explains creating communities, and not just building homes, is crucial to tackle poverty.

06/02/2017

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‘We must listen to children if we’re really going to tackle poverty’

The experiences of children in poverty should guide our approach to tackling poverty, argues social policy analyst Rys Farthing in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

03/02/2017

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Housing equals infrastructure: a step forward

Matt Kennedy looks at the outcomes of the Welsh Assembly's economy infrastructure and skills committee, with a close eye on housing's status as a part of national infrastructure.

01/02/2017

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‘The best way to predict your future is create it’

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, says the sector must do more to prepare for the challenges which lie ahead in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

01/02/2017

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'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

Sarah Daly, director of strategic sustainability and partnerships, Sustainable Homes, says more must be done to end fuel poverty in the latest of our exclusive articles, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

31/01/2017

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Housing policy proposals are 'just tinkering with the problem'

Duncan Bowie, senior lecturer in spatial planning at the University of Westminster, argues for a fundamental change in housing policy in the latest in a series of exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

30/01/2017

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'Intervention needed' to reduce welfare bill without causing more poverty

Toby Lloyd from Shelter explores the need for government intervention to reduce the welfare bill and tackle poverty in today's exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

27/01/2017

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Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

In today's exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Peter Kenway from the New Policy Institute examines the relationship between the growth of private sector renting and poverty.

26/01/2017

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Rough sleeping: time to overhaul the way we understand homelessness?

As the latest official rough sleeping figures show the number of people on the streets in England has gone up for the sixth consecutive year, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves says it is time to overhaul the way homelessness is monitored and recorded.

25/01/2017

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Members say CIH has improved across the board in survey

An annual survey of CIH's members has revealed they think CIH has improved across the organisation. Head of membership Claire Spendley talks about the survey and our plans to continue to improve in 2017.

23/01/2017

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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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Ten things to look out for in housing in 2017

CIH's head of practice Debbie Larner runs through her ten things to look out for in housing in 2017.

18/01/2017

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Right to buy and right to acquire – the beginning of the end

Every indication is that right to buy and right to acquire will end in Wales within this Assembly term. Indeed, we know from the programme for government that a bill to abolish the right to buy is a legislative priority, and will likely be brought forward this year. Implementation might take two to three years to be fully rolled out, so where does that leave housing professionals in the interim? Jon Barnes, communications officer at CIH Cymru, takes a look.

16/01/2017

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Finalists announced for remaining CIH professional awards categories

Ahead of the CIH housing awards in Belfast, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, discusses the finalists for the CIH housing professional award and the young professional of the year.

13/01/2017

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Three wishes for housing in 2017

As we enter 2017 at a critical time for housing our head of policy Melanie Rees explains her three wishes for the sector.

11/01/2017

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'Winning a CIH Regional Award gave me a sense of achievement'

As the CIH Regional Awards 2017 launch we spoke to Patrycja Glomska who went on to success at the Housing Heroes Awards in 2016 as a result of scooping a CIH South West Award.

09/01/2017

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TAI 2017 - Time to deliver

Time to deliver; no, it’s not the name of Postman Pat’s debut hip hop album, but the theme for this year’s TAI conference. We take a look at the thinking behind the theme, and what you can expect to see at conference this year.

06/01/2017

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Coping with floods: one year on from Storm Desmond

As the forecast suggests more wet and windy conditions could be on the way, Niki Walton from CIH's policy and practice team takes a look back to how housing organisations handled the floods last December.

22/12/2016

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Programme for government

CIH director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden says it’s ‘business as usual with a few twists’ for housing, as she gives an overview of the programme for government.

21/12/2016

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Poverty, housing costs and homelessness

As the latest government figures on homelessness reveal the number of homeless people continues to rise, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves takes a closer look at the link between housing costs and poverty.

19/12/2016

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What are the ingredients for successful Gyspy and Traveller sites?

As a new report highlights the importance of providing sites for the estimated 150,000 members of the Gypsy and Traveller population, senior policy advisor John Perry explores what it takes to provide sites which work.

13/12/2016

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Remembering the legacy of our housing profession

CIH director for Ireland Nicola McCrudden marks CIH's centenary day, the birthday of Octavia Hill, looking back over more than 100 years of housing.

08/12/2016

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How can housing organisations respond to Louise Casey’s review into integration?

As Dame Louise Casey's independent review into opportunity and integration reveals the challenges facing the UK CIH's senior policy advisor John Perry asks how housing organisations can contribute.

07/12/2016

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Presentations - Older People's Housing Conferene 2016

The third Older People's Housing Conference, held in partnership with erosh, took place on Tuesday 6 December at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel. 100 people attended the one day conference, with a jam packed programme full of interactive workshops, and inspirational plenaries.

06/12/2016

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Challenging social housing stereotypes

For some people social housing is synonymous with benefits, for others the image of a run-down community or of problem tenants instantly springs to mind. What can we do to challenge these perceptions? We've summarised the ideas and views of three speakers from our North East conference earlier this month.

28/11/2016

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Five things you might not know about the new housing and property management apprenticeships

'Apprenticeships' seems to be the government’s latest buzzword, and with an ambitious target of 3 million apprenticeships to start by 2020, it is hardly surprising. With huge changes to apprenticeships across all industries, we explore which changes have taken place within housing-specific apprenticeships and how this may affect you.

25/11/2016

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Prioritising our nation's health - what does it mean for housing policy?

With the cost of poor housing to the NHS estimated to be £1.4 billion, is it time to strengthen our connection with health and wellbeing? How could a shift in focus affect current housing policies? Ahead of our executive briefing next month, we caught up with speaker Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive of Family Mosaic, to find out why this is such an important topic.

23/11/2016

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Accelerating change in housing: what does the future look like?

Jon Marshall, digital transformation lead at Appello, looks at current social and community housing, what baby boomer generations will need as they approach retirement age in 20-30 years, and how housing associations and providers can start to build the homes of the future, today.

14/11/2016

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4 vital ingredients to setting up a successful internal maintenance service

A successful internal repairs and maintenance service is truly cross-functional and should benefit all areas of the business. But how can we make sure we create such a service? Rob Bryan, director at Vantage Business Solutions, shares his ideas.

10/11/2016

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Brexit: Unknown unknowns and deep divisions

The High Court ruling on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty puts a constitutional spanner in the Brexit process but it’s no show stopper, says Paul Hackett, director at the Smith Institute. The UK is heading for Brexit, and the challenge is now how to make the best of it and heal a nation distracted and deeply divided.

09/11/2016

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Demystifying the work of the CIH awarding organisation

Sarah Pallet joined CIH in September 2016 as education manager for our awarding organisation, CIH AO. She has worked for several other awarding organisations, a sector skills council and most recently crossed over to the other side of the fence, heading up a private training organisation. In this guest blog, Sarah provides an insight into what it means to work for an awarding organisation.

08/11/2016

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Nowhere is our housing crisis felt more keenly than in London

In March 2016 the London Housing Commission, established to look in detail at a way forward for housing in the capital, published a report which recommended a series of focused measures to help build 50,000 new homes every year.

27/10/2016

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'Great boards are fundamental to our success'

Graham Maunders, managing director of CIH consultancy, shares his positive experiences as a housing association board member.

25/10/2016

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To innovate or not to innovate?

This is a question many housing providers find themselves asking at a time when delivering core services is more challenging than ever. But what does innovation really mean and how can housing organisations innovate in a way which supports their core goals?

25/10/2016

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Learning 2 let: making the private rented sector better for everyone

Alan Shanley, marketing and communications officer at CIH Northern Ireland, talks about the learning 2 let programme, how it works, and how it can help make the private rented sector better for landlords, letting agents, tenants, and everyone involved in the property management process…

25/10/2016

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Local government change - life after the map

The BIG Question 2016 asked 'does Welsh housing need to change to succeed?' With change inevitably coming to the way local government services are delivered, Steve Thomas had a lot to dig in to. Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer, summarises the session.

21/10/2016

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Merger, merger on the wall...

As one of the hottest topics within the Welsh housing sector right now, merger was at the heart of The BIG Question 2016. Does Welsh housing need to change to succeed? Well in short, yes. Yes it does.

21/10/2016

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Presentations Big Question 2016

The BIG Question 2016 took place on Thursday 20 October 2016 at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel.

20/10/2016

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'CIH membership will help me achieve my goals'

Earlier this month, Vicki Maguire - corporate strategy officer at Riverside - attended a CIH event. Two days later, she signed up to become a member! We caught up with her to find out what she's most excited to get involved in.

20/10/2016

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The new political landscape and what it means for housing

Brexit and the changes in Westminster and Whitehall herald a new and uncertain chapter in British politics. Whatever the sector's response, understanding the political environment and what lies ahead has never been more important. We caught up with Paul Hackett, director of the Smith Institute, who will explore what Brexit means for our sector in an executive briefing at our London office on 3 November.

19/10/2016

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Draft budget announced - what's the impact for Welsh housing?

Matt Kennedy, CIH Cymru's policy and practice manager, runs the rule over the recently announced budget, looking at the impact for Welsh housing.

19/10/2016

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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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Understanding mental health and learning disability in ASB cases

When dealing with housing management issues and cases of anti-social behaviour (ASB), housing teams will frequently come face to face with mental ill health and learning disability. These can be hidden impairments, says Jack Moore, CIH's principal diversity trainer - so how can we make sure we understand them?

18/10/2016

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Post-Brexit - what are the implications for VAT? (Webinar catch-up)

Catch up on our webinar outlining the potential implications for businesses' VAT arrangements in the post-Brexit landscape. You can watch the full webinar video here, as well as read Liz Maher, of Centurion VAT specialists, summary of the main points.

17/10/2016

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'You don't necessarily have to be a chief executive to become a fellow'

We caught up with CIH member and new fellow Peter Bond, neighbourhood team leader at the Regenda Group, to find out why fellowship has been such an important career move for him.

12/10/2016

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Homes for Londoners

In May 1.3 million Londoners elected Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London. Jamie Ratcliff, assistant director responsible for housing at the Greater London Authority, sets out the progress to date in the Mayor’s first priority: tackling London’s housing crisis.

11/10/2016

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It's time to talk about our mental health

10 October is #WorldMentalHealthDay - Jill Cheshire, CIH's training and CPD manager, explains why it's more important than ever for us to be open and honest about our own experiences.

10/10/2016

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Q&A with CIH Ireland’s Cathy Etchingham

Alan Shanley, marketing and communications officer at CIH, sits down with new team member Cathy Etchingham as she takes up the post of professional development manager at CIH Ireland.

07/10/2016

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Tackling discrimination in housing

There is no doubt that the introduction of document checks has increased the incentive for landlords to discriminate. So what can be done? CIH policy adviser John Perry explains.

27/09/2016

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A helping hand for housing in London

Ahead of our London housing summit, we had a chat with Jan Taranczuk, a CIH board member in the capital.

26/09/2016

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Housing Executive sees value in CIH qualifications

Another group of learners from the Housing Executive has graduated with the CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice.

23/09/2016

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Private landlords post-Brexit: avoiding race discrimination

Tom Gillie and Declan O'Dempsey - both barristers at Cloisters - explain how to avoid two types of race discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 which are relevant to landlords’ right to rent duties: indirect discrimination and harassment.

22/09/2016

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Rethinking the business case for tenant involvement

Other customer-orientated industries devote large chunks of their turnover to trying to get customers to talk to them - so why doesn't the social housing sector? Jon Warnock, independent advisor, guest blogs for CIH.

20/09/2016

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Dare to share

Many of you will have lived in shared single housing at one time in your life - maybe a long time ago, sharing a flat with new friends or while studying at university. Now imagine what it would have been like if this type of accommodation had not been available for you.

15/09/2016

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Q&A with CIH chartered member John O’Connor

We caught up with Housing Agency chief executive officer John O’Connor and chatted about his executive route to CIH chartered membership.

14/09/2016

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Rebuilding Ireland: level of delivery must match level of ambition

CIH policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright shares his thoughts on the government’s action plan on housing and homelessness.

14/09/2016

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Preserving America’s great open spaces – and providing affordable housing

2016 isn’t just a special time for CIH – in the United States, the National Park Service is also celebrating its centenary, marking 100 years since the National Park Service Organic Act was passed. But how well-known is its role in affordable housing provision? CIH senior knowledge management and research administrator Niki Walton explains.

14/09/2016

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Qualifications benefit your entire organisation, not just you

CIH Northern Ireland offers a very broad range of training courses, events and learning opportunities for housing professionals from right across the jobs spectrum.

13/09/2016

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A view from the city: challenge and opportunity

Housing providers face a more challenging funding landscape than they ever have. Rent reductions, right to buy and a raft of other measures have put pressure on just about every housing provider to look at their finances. Mark Davie is head of social housing at M&G Investments, which has more than £6 billion invested in social housing - we spoke to him about the financial challenges and opportunities in the sector ahead of his executive briefing on 22 September.

12/09/2016

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How to end chronic street homelessness

Croydon has the eighth highest number of people sleeping rough in the UK - and that number is rising. We spoke to Evolve Housing + Support to find out how its new CR Zero 2020 campaign is helping.

08/09/2016

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My focus as President

CIH President and South Liverpool Homes chief executive Julie Fadden guest blogs for CIH about her fundraising activities for Crisis, how the rest of the sector can get involved and why rehousing 50,000 homeless people in a year might not be as difficult as you'd think.

07/09/2016

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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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Housing associations should be more than just landlords

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do, says Peabody’s director of community programmes Veronica Kirwan.

06/09/2016

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8 lessons we can learn from diversity champions in our sector

We're calling on housing organisations to commit to 10 challenges by 2020 - all designed to increase diversity in leadership within our sector. But if you're not sure where to begin, which top tips should you take on board?

05/09/2016

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How anti-poverty schemes are changing lives

Housing organisations are well-placed to make a positive impact in tackling poverty within their communities despite the increasing challenges thrown their way, says CIH senior knowledge management and research administrator Niki Walton.

02/09/2016

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The lower overall benefit cap: what do we need to know?

Last week the government confirmed that the new, lower overall benefit cap will be introduced from 7 November. It will see the total value of certain benefits that a working age household can receive reduced from £26,000 per year to £20,000 (or £23,000 in London). But what will this change mean? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe explains.

01/09/2016

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How important is innovation in our sector?

As part of our centenary year, we’re looking back at the work of social housing pioneer Octavia Hill. At our executive briefing on 8 September, Trafford Housing Trust chief executive Matthew Gardiner will explore whether the sector has innovated enough to meet the challenges of modern social housing. Ahead of the event, we asked you to tell us about your innovations - here are some of the best. Would Octavia be impressed? We think so.

31/08/2016

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Mergers - Welsh housing's most visible change?

The BIG Question 2016 is asking ‘does Welsh housing need to change to succeed?’ There aren’t many changes much more dramatic, or potentially as contentious, as big mergers. We caught up with Amanda Davies, chief executive of Pobl Group, ahead of her session at the BIG Question to find out what she’d be bringing to the stage.

31/08/2016

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Looking at the big policy picture

CIH is in a unique position to look at how housing policy is changing across the UK. With a policy presence in each nation we can take a look at the big picture. So what’s happening, what’s different, and what’s the same? Jon Barnes takes a look at the findings of our recent briefing for members.

31/08/2016

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Getting to know: Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy joins CIH Cymru as our new policy manager this week. We asked him a few getting-to-know-you questions to mark the occasion.

31/08/2016

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CIH and Staffordshire University get connected

Staffordshire University is a leading provider of advice-related higher education courses - and its social welfare law, policy and advice practice degree has recently secured validation from CIH in recognition that the course is supporting the housing profession. Course leader Richard Machin explains why this is such great news.

30/08/2016

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Homes fit for ageing, homes fit for caring

We know that we face a huge housing shortage - but we also need to make sure that any homes we build are fit for purpose for our population long into the future, says senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

26/08/2016

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The value of volunteers

Volunteering is fundamental to the work of housing organisations, say CIH consultancy's Graham Maunders and Carole Forrest of Carole Forrest Associates.

24/08/2016

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Permanent solutions to a temporary problem

Homelessness has risen steadily since 2010 and with it the demand for temporary accommodation has increased too. CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves explores how local authorities can respond in a challenging environment.

23/08/2016

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Why we all need to be pro-fun

Comedian Sanderson Jones will be speaking in a masterclass session about 'Having fun as we age' at October's Homes fit for ageing conference in Bristol. But why does he feel so passionately about this, and what does it really mean? Sanderson guest blogs for CIH.

23/08/2016

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Taking a fresh look at accessible housing demand

New research from Habinteg and Papworth Trust makes the renewed case for building more accessible homes - the organisations' respective chief executives, Paul Gamble and Vicky McDermott, guest blog for CIH.

12/08/2016

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What does Brexit mean for migration and housing demand?

The short answer to this question is we don’t yet know and it will be a while before we do, says CIH policy adviser John Perry. The longer one is that it depends very much on the kind of 'Brexit' we eventually adopt…

10/08/2016

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Spare to share

Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, is 'deeply concerned' about the impact the LHA caps could have on single under 35 year-olds. But social landlords can still help under-35s if they’re willing to provide shared housing, says Rebecca Derham, shared housing best practice officer at Crisis.

10/08/2016

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Solving poverty in the UK: the role of housing

In September, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) will launch a comprehensive plan to solve poverty in the UK. JRF chief executive Julia Unwin argues that the housing sector has a critical role to play in making this a country where everyone has the chance of a decent and secure life, no matter where they live.

09/08/2016

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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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An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis.

04/08/2016

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Regeneration: how can we take it forward?

Approaches to regeneration vary substantially from one location to another, but there are a number of common challenges which often need to be overcome. We've identified three top tips to help you push regeneration in your area.

03/08/2016

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Power and place: the importance of first-hand experience

Taking inspiration from a recent visit to Rome Jon Barnes, communications officer at CIH Cymru, reflects on the importance of experiencing a place first-hand to understand it fully.

03/08/2016

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The fight against youth homelessness

In this special guest blog, members of the Youth Homeless Parliament share their views on how proposed government policy changes could affect young people.

02/08/2016

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We urgently need caring homes

Across the UK, there are more than 6.5 million people caring - unpaid - for older, ill and disabled relatives and friends. But the vast majority of these people's homes are 'mainstream' and therefore inaccessible - so what can we do? Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, guest blogs.

01/08/2016

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'The Level 7 can fit around you - not the other way around'

When we found out that CIH Level 7 learner Stan Hall had won the Leicester Business School prize for 'best student performance on postgraduate certificate housing' we couldn't wait to find out more - so we caught up with Stan to find out why the Level 7 has been such a success for him.

01/08/2016

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Honesty and the context for change

Karen Dusgate, chief executive at Family Housing Association, explains why she's putting honesty first at The BIG Question 2016 where she'll be talking change, organisational issues and the lessons learnt.

01/08/2016

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To merge or not to merge?

To merge or not to merge? In a housing sector which is more challenging than ever, that is the question. Geeta Nanda has unique insight; as chief executive of Thames Valley Housing she is in the process of completing a merger with Genesis.

28/07/2016

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What can we learn from affordable housing in India?

Following a trip to India earlier this year, CIH South East international group's Vipul Thacker guest blogs about what we can learn from the country's efforts to improve its affordable housing offer.

28/07/2016

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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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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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Mergers: what do you need to know?

Are you a senior professional? Is your organisation considering a merger? Our upcoming executive briefing (4 August, London) is specially designed to answer your questions. Here are five reasons why you should attend…

27/07/2016

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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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Four new experts enlisted to help CIH shape its housing policy ideas

Ingrid Fife, chair of CIH's policy advisory committee, introduces these new team members.

26/07/2016

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Fortune favours the brave

After being crowned CIH and Inside Housing's Rising Star for 2016, Alice Smith guest blogs about taking risks, self-belief and why she won't waste this new opportunity.

25/07/2016

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Shifting focus onto affordable housing could prevent construction slump

As a number of reports signal a slump in house building could be on the horizon, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat says investing in affordable housing could be key.

22/07/2016

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Brexit and the benefit of time to reflect

As unsettling and scary as things might feel right now, we have the closest thing to a blank sheet of paper we are likely to ever get. Let’s make sure we take advantage of it, says Hayley Hulme of Lighthouse Regeneration.

21/07/2016

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Disrupt social housing, before someone disrupts it for you

We had a quick chat with Peter Hall ahead of his session on disruption, change and the benefit of simplicity at The BIG Question 2016. We're asking "does Welsh housing need to change to succeed?" - here's Peter's take on what that might mean.

18/07/2016

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The council housing finance settlement is only four years old but it needs the kiss of life

CIH policy adviser John Perry analyses the results of a recent report from CIH in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, which found that a plan with potential to build over 500,000 new homes over thirty years has been undermined by successive government policies.

14/07/2016

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For Accessible Homes

CIH joins Habinteg Housing and other organisations and industry bodies to call for government and the industry to recognise the importance of accessible homes.

08/07/2016

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Public perceptions of housing in the UK - what will the housing mix look like in five years' time?

In the run up to our annual conference in Manchester last week, we employed Ipsos Mori to carry out some polling focused on the state of the housing market at the moment and people’s feelings about how it might change in the future. Policy and practice officer David Pipe summarises the results.

08/07/2016

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New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

Figures collated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership, with very little now directed towards helping the eight million households who will not be able to get onto the home ownership ladder.

30/06/2016

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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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Meeting housing need events

Launched by chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE in her keynote address at Housing 2016, this new series of round table events focuses on bringing together housing providers and local government to develop new ideas and solutions to meeting housing need.

28/06/2016

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Demand for housebuilding

Housebuilding is increasing in Northern Ireland, but bank funding remains limited and more training is needed, says David Little, NHBC regional director for Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

28/06/2016

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New chair for CIH's capital board

A new chair has been appointed for CIH's London regional board. Kate Dodsworth, executive director for people and strategy at AmicusHorizon, a G15 Housing Association, takes over from Jan Taranczuk.

24/06/2016

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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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How do you solve a problem like LHA?

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

20/06/2016

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Time to reflect

As CIH celebrates its 100th anniversary and emh its 70th, emh group chair and Emeritus Professor of De Montfort University Jeffrey Knight reflects on a few of the milestones along the way and the relationship between the two organisations.

15/06/2016

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My CIH journey: the executive route

Felix Okene, chartered member and director of operations at Mace Housing Co-operative, talks us through the different roles and challenges that led him to where he is today.

14/06/2016

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Octavia Hill: the founder of modern housing

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the first meetings of the Association of Women Housing Workers and the very origins of CIH. So who was Octavia Hill, the woman who started it all? CIH London board vice chair Martyn Kingsford guest blogs.

07/06/2016

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Closing the digital divide: why rural broadband matters

Many UK citizens are at risk of being excluded by a rapidly growing gap in broadband access. We spoke to Matt Powell from Broadband Genie about how improvements to rural broadband are critical to ensure a significant proportion of the country does not miss out on the opportunities afforded by modern, high-speed internet service.

06/06/2016

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Prevention better than cure

Homelessness remains unacceptably high in Northern Ireland and Nicola McCrudden CIH director for NI & ROI says it’s time to review the legislation

03/06/2016

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Inspiring diversity champions in our sector

We caught up with Tim Seward, who was formally recognised at the Excellence in Diversity Awards last month.

03/06/2016

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Why be a CIH President?

Former CIH President Geraldine Howley explains why the past twelve months have been so worthwhile.

02/06/2016

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Rising Stars: who gets your vote?

The Rising Stars finalists make their pitch for your support in four special blogs.

01/06/2016

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Addressing London's housing crisis

Now that the excitement of the election campaign is over - and Sadiq Khan is settled in as the new London mayor - CIH London board vice chair, Martyn Kingsford OBE TD, takes stock of the challenge the Mayor faces.

01/06/2016

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Let's get to know… Graham Maunders

It's all go for CIH consultancy - we caught up with new managing director Graham Maunders to find out more about his ideas.

31/05/2016

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The big push – it’s time for a full-on housing offensive

In this special centenary blog, communications consultant and 20th century military history enthusiast Ian Hembrow FCIH focuses on some hard-won lessons for contemporary housing policy from the First World War.

31/05/2016

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Empty homes to veterans’ village in a matter of weeks…

When Manchester City Council's Jude Millet first heard about an opportunity to support veterans by bringing empty homes back into use, she knew it was something she needed to find out more about.

27/05/2016

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What’s different about the new apprenticeships in England?

New apprenticeship standards have arrived and they are radically different in terms of assessment and delivery to the ‘framework’ apprenticeships we have been used to. So what are the main differences - and what do they mean for the delivery of apprenticeships? CIH education officer David Bramley explains.

26/05/2016

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Starter homes: CIH's view

Got questions about the 'starter homes' scheme? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe blogs about what we know, what we're worried about and what our response to the government's consultation is.

20/05/2016

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Insights, infrastructure and insults: The fifth national assembly for Wales kicks off

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru takes a look at the recent antics in the Senedd as she spends her final few weeks in our Cardiff office.

19/05/2016

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Webinar: Fixed term tenancies – how and why are they being used? M

Recap on the different approaches to using fixed terms – what are landlords trying to achieve and how, and the practical challenges and lessons that can learnt.

22/03/2017

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Meet the member: Emma Lindley, FCIH

We caught up with CIH fellow Emma Lindley, quality and standards manager at East Midlands Housing Association to find out why CIH membership has been such an important career move for her.

16/03/2017

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Webinar: White Paper M

Recap on the key headlines from the housing White Paper with deputy chief executive Gavin Smart.

07/03/2017

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Top five tips to make your award submission stand out

The deadline for our regional awards and the Housing Heroes Awards have both been extended but fierce competition means it's really important that you do your work justice. Steve Hayes, communications manager at CIH, gives his top tips on how to make sure your submission stands out.

17/02/2017

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I didn’t realise how much I had to say before I joined the conversation

Ahead of The Big Conversation event taking place in Brighton in March we caught up with Dave Gibson, project planner at Lumia Homes, to find out what he made of the recent Leeds event.

16/02/2017

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Webinar: Introducing the new housing apprenticeships M

Recap on the key differences between the new apprenticeship standards and the previous apprenticeship frameworks as well as focussing on how they will work in practice and explore the key benefits of an apprenticeship for both employers and apprentices as well as explaining the new apprenticeship levy which comes into force in April 2017.

09/02/2017

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'Rising Stars gave me a foothold in my career, don't think about it, do it!'

With just a few weeks to go to enter CIH and Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition we spoke to last year’s winner Alice Smith, who recently joined CIH as our new business development manager, to find out about her experiences of the competition and what has happened since.

30/01/2017

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Webinar: Developing a lean culture M



25/01/2017

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Calling all Universities, are you maximising the opportunities for your students?

Many undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications contain housing content which could enable students to achieve CIH chartered member status or recognition. Shirley Morris, validation officer at CIH explains how universities can maximise the opportunities for students who are studying housing content/modules/qualifications through the CIH validation service.

20/01/2017

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Webinar: Housing allocations and meeting housing need: getting the balance right M



17/01/2017

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West Mids centenary celebration 'a fitting tribute to Octavia Hill and housing'

The CIH West Midlands Board hosted a successful event to celebrate to CIH's centenary.

12/01/2017

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Midlands Awards a big success

The CIH Midlands Awards attracted significant support and interest from leading housing industry organisations and individuals.

12/01/2017

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Briefing explores barriers to house building in West Midlands

A breakfast briefing hosted by CIH's West Midlands Board heard from Gavin Smart, CIH deputy chief executive and Roy Irwin, strategic policy advisor with Mears and former chief inspector for the Audit Commission, housing association CEO and local authority director

12/01/2017

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Leading diversity, making it happen

Diversity remains an issue in housing and at senior levels the sector remains pale, male and stale. So how can executives lead diversity from the top? Kate Dodsworth, executive director of people and strategy at Amicus Horizon and chair of our London board, will explore this in detail at our executive briefing on 16 January. We spoke to Kate ahead of the event to find out more.

11/01/2017

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Homes for Londoners - exec briefing

In early November CIH welcomed Jamie Ratcliffe, Assistant Director for Housing at the Greater London Authority, to talk to members about Homes for Londoners. We thought our members would be particularly interested in this subject so made sure we could report back. Below are some of the key areas covered in a lively session.

19/12/2016

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Celebration in London marks CIH centenary

On 8 and 9 December CIH hosted a series of celebrations to mark its centenary. London and South East Boards hosted a lively networking event to mark CIH at 100.

19/12/2016

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Capital Views: interview with Debansu Das

In each edition of Capital Views we catch up with a member of the London Board, this time it's the turn of Debansu Das, our communications lead.

19/12/2016

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Challenges facing London explored at London Board event

The Drink Think Tank - DTT7 - was held on 30 November with guest speaker Tom Copley, Labour Housing Spokesperson for the London Assembly.

19/12/2016

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Webinar: The positive manager: Key management behaviours for staff stress management M

Recap on the key factors which contribute to successful staff and organisational performance.

06/12/2016

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Webinar: Rethinking repairs and maintenance: balancing the need to deliver a high quality, reponsive offer with the need to realise efficiency savings M

Recap on the financial pressures facing our sector and understand why it is crucial that repairs teams play their part in rethinking and redesigning their delivery approaches to secure sustainable cost savings.

01/12/2016

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Webinar: Career development planning M

Find out more about successful, well-considered career development in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/11/2016

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Webinar: Mental health and court proceedings M

Join us for this member-exclusive webinar.

21/11/2016

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Webinar: Self esteem - fake it 'til you make it M

Join us for this member-exclusive webinar with coach Sarah Davies.

21/11/2016

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The Big Picture

To celebrate CIH's centenary, we're launching The Big Picture - a photography competition designed to illustrate the real value of housing.

21/11/2016

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CIH's Midlands Awards - bigger and better than ever before

The awards - designed to showcase the very best examples of good practice from around the sector - took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 10 November.

16/11/2016

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Webinar: Developing a charter for shared ownership  M

Find out more about how your organisation can develop a charter for shared ownership in our member-exclusive webinar.

14/11/2016

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Recap: #Beyondregen2

Back in October, CIH's North West regional board spent the day exploring the current landscape for regeneration and housing’s place within it. Missed out? Want to catch up on what went on? Here's what you'll need.

08/11/2016

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Webinar: Avoiding the pitfalls - aligning practice with vision M

Join Jonathan Oldman, Stefan Baune and John Bell for this member-exclusive webinar from CIH Canada.

02/11/2016

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Collecting payments for major works - what should we know?

CIH trainer John Shortridge explains what to expect from his upcoming leasehold management course (8 November, Coventry).

01/11/2016

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London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

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CIH South West board - member survey

Recently the South West board organised a survey of its SW members to better understand what matters most to you and how we can best support your professional needs moving forward.

24/10/2016

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South West events

The South West housing conference takes place from 10 to 11 May 2017.

24/10/2016

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Message from your South West board chair

Barbara Shaw, chief executive at Westward Housing and CIH South West board chair, brings members up to date with what the board has been up to.

24/10/2016

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Meet your new South West board members

Say hello to the newest additions to CIH's SW board.

24/10/2016

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CIH South West - social media

David Bull FCIH has taken on the new responsibility of administrating and controlling the CIH SW Twitter account.

24/10/2016

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Webinar: Understanding the lower overall benefit cap

Find out more about the lower overall benefit cap in our member-exclusive webinar.

14/10/2016

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How to make your UK Housing Award submission stand out

The UK Housing Awards are back for 2017 and bigger and better than ever. With a new, simpler submission process it is easy to enter but fierce competition means it's really important that you do your work justice. Steve Hayes, communications manager at CIH, gives his top tips on how to make sure your submission stands out.

13/10/2016

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Webinar: Homelessness prevention - where are we now?

Find out more about the Homelessness Reduction Bill and why the Welsh prevention duty has been so successful.

10/10/2016

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Webinar: How is government policy preventing councils from building new homes and what needs to be done? M

Find out what needs to change to allow councils to start building again since council housing finance in England was reformed in April 2012 in this member-exclusive webinar.

04/10/2016

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South West - new board member biographies

Catch up with our new additions to the South West regional board.

29/09/2016

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Webinar: CPD

Find out more about how you can expand your CPD in this #HousingWeek webinar.

29/09/2016

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'It was the right time to enhance my housing career prospects'

Lawrie Murphy recently finished studying towards CIH's Level 4 Certificate, a one-year vocational qualification which focuses on housing strategy, policy and theory. While he was learning, we caught up with him to see how he was getting on and find out why the Level 4 has proved vital to his career development.

29/09/2016

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Regeneration webinar - London

Over the summer the CIH London board hosted a regeneration webinar - catch up.

27/09/2016

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Say hello to your new London board

Following a recruitment campaign over the summer, the new CIH London board met for the first time in August to start planning for the coming year.

27/09/2016

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Meet your new London board chair

Kate Dodsworth was recently appointed as chair of the London board - we caught up with her over the summer to find out a bit more about her.

27/09/2016

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CIH London board: temporary accommodation seminar

On 22 July, the CIH London board arranged a seminar as part of its SHAPE campaign on the topical issue of temporary accommodation in the capital.

27/09/2016

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Webinar: CIH Canada - building the mindset and embracing transformation and change

Find out how your organisation can embrace change with a a #HousingWeek webinar from CIH Canada.

23/09/2016

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Webinar: The Housing and Planning Act - Q&A

Find out more about the Housing and Planning Act in this #HousingWeek webinar

22/09/2016

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Webinar: What does Brexit mean for migration, housing demand and eligibility for housing?

Find out what Brexit could mean for housing in this #HousingWeek webinar

21/09/2016

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Webinar: Leadership and diversity

Find out about the importance of a diverse leadership team in this #HousingWeek webinar

20/09/2016

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London and the housing crisis - what's next?

CIH's London housing summit will offer housing professionals from across the capital the opportunity to keep ahead with the latest knowledge from the industry and share information with peers who are faced with similar challenges. Ahead of the event on 6 October, we caught up with CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

19/09/2016

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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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'Right now London is facing huge challenges'

Ahead of CIH's London housing summit on 6 October, we caught up with Kate Dodsworth, executive director for people and strategy at AmicusHorizon and CIH London board chair.

14/09/2016

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Webinar: How to combat right to buy fraud M

Find out how to combat right to buy fraud in this member-exclusive webinar

14/09/2016

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Webinar: Temporary accommodation - challenges and solutions M

Get practical guidance for responding to requests for housing assistance in this member-exclusive webinar.

02/09/2016

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Webinar: Regeneration - making it happen M

Hear best practice stories of regeneration from Plymouth Community Homes in this member-exclusive webinar.

24/08/2016

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Code of practice and charter

We believe that an essential part of driving the shared ownership agenda is creating a consistent offer, with standards a customer can expect.

23/08/2016

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One year on

'If it hadn’t been for shared ownership there is no way on earth we could have financed buying a place like this.'

23/08/2016

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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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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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It's a small world

Miles Lanham, business manager for Westminster and Lambeth at Genesis Housing Group, guest blogs for CIH.

22/08/2016

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'Junior' housing students make the grade

Eight Bradford sixth-form students are celebrating completing a learning programme run by Incommunities aimed are encouraging young people into careers in housing.

22/07/2016

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Housing chiefs in cold swim for charity

Three members of Incommunities’ management team took the plunge to raise funds for the country’s leading youth charity.

14/06/2016

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Housing group hosts international students visit

A group of Hong Kong university students have been in Bradford (20 – 27 May) getting a unique insight into the work of one of the country’s leading housing associations.

03/06/2016

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More than a job

The Rising Stars competition has been an incredible journey, says Alice Smith

01/06/2016

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Making a difference

Growing up on a housing scheme, I know the value of social housing, says Evie Copland.

01/06/2016

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Housing passion

The sector must maintain its passion as it changes and adapt to new times, says Tom Forty.

01/06/2016

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A change is gonna come

Modern technology and ideas could transform the way housing associations involve tenants, says Chris Irons.

01/06/2016

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West Midlands board: manging complex tenancies

On 11 May the regional board arranged for Lindsey Felstead from Clarke Wilmott Solicitors to deliver some training on managing complex tenancies.

27/05/2016

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GEM graduates make the grade

Twenty six young people are celebrating completing the latest learning programmes run by Incommunities, aimed at setting them on course to building successful careers in housing.

26/05/2016

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Teams score charity win for the Prince’s Trust

Fourteen teams descended on Bradford on 20 May to go head to head in a five-a-side football tournament and raise thousands of pounds for the UK’s leading charity for young people.

26/05/2016

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The Housing and Planning Act - what do you need to know?

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe talks us through what we need to know about the Housing and Planning Act.

23/05/2016

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Losing homes

The Housing and Planning Act will accelerate the loss of social housing and increase homelessness, warns CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

19/05/2016

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Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

Ahead of next week's caretakers and estate managers' conference in Solihull, Steve Shoker of West Midlands fire service guest blogs about how we can make sure tenants are as safe as possible.

19/05/2016

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What's the future for decent homes?

Jeremy Kape, director of property investment at Affinity Sutton, explains what the decent homes programme can contribute to new and emerging housing challenges.

18/05/2016

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How can we use digital technology to make our sector more dynamic?

Paul Taylor, innovation coach at Bromford Lab, dropped by to talk all things digital ahead of chairing a session at CIH's digital housing event on 26 May.

09/05/2016

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Financial and digital inclusion: what do we need to know?

Ahead of this month's digital housing seminar in London, we spoke to Stephanie Noyce, head of financial and digital inclusion at Affinity Sutton.

03/05/2016

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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 AGM 2016 M

All members are invited to attend CIH's 2016 annual general meeting on Thursday 26 May at 1.30pm at Radcliffe - Warwick Conferences, The University of Warwick, Scarman Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL.

29/04/2016

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Webinar: CIH Canada - embracing 'lean' for business improvement M

Find out more about how to embrace 'lean' techniques for business improvement in this member-exclusive webinar

28/04/2016

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UK Housing Awards 2016 - the winners

After a fantastic evening celebrating success and innovation in our sector, it's time to congratulate the winners once more.

27/04/2016

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Think about digital change now - or find yourself left behind

Ahead of our 26 May 'digital housing' seminar, we caught up with Matt Leach, chief executive at HACT, to find out his thoughts on how we can best implement digital change.

27/04/2016

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Fancy joining in with the #CIHfootyfundraiser?

For the past year, CIH President Geraldine Howley has been fundraising for her Presidential charity, the Prince's Trust.

25/04/2016

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Double delight for housing graduate programme

A groundbreaking graduate training scheme, supported by Incommunities, has been recognised for its outstanding work in building careers in housing.

25/04/2016

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CIH London board

Find out more about how you can stay in touch with the CIH London board.

19/04/2016

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SHAPE housing 2015

As Jan mentioned in his interview, SHAPE was launched in 2014 to lay out the London board's priorities for housing in the capital ahead of the general election and London mayoral election.

19/04/2016

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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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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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Housing group completes 120 mile charity trek

Staff from Incommunities and six housing partners have helped raise £3,000 for the UK’s leading young people’s charity – the Prince’s Trust - after completing a gruelling challenge.

19/04/2016

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Webinar: Increasing staff resilience in turbulent times M

Find out how to increase staff resilience throughout your organisation in this member-only webinar.

18/04/2016

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Housing employees kick off charity canal trek challenge

Housing staff from Incommunities and South Liverpool Housing have stepped out to complete the first leg of a 120 mile charity walk, cycle and run challenge (10 April).

12/04/2016

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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: 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: 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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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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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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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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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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West Midlands board member profile: Neil Jackson

We hear from WM regional board member, Neil, whose links between housing and acting make for an interesting mix.

12/02/2016

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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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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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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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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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Webinar video: NE Regional Legal Update M

CIH members get the opportunity to hear latest legal updates from Bond Dickinson LLP.

17/06/2015

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OneCIH 2015 presentations M

Copies of available presentations delivered at OneCIH 2015

12/06/2015

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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: Social value – What is it, how do we measure it and how do we build it into our work? M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Perry, CIH Policy Advisor

28/04/2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Webinar video:Understanding hoarding disorder M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Jack Moore and Dominique Blundell.

19/02/2015

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Webinar video: How to…promote mobility among existing tenants  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith CIH Specialist Advisor.

29/01/2015

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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: Voids... Voids... Voids M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill, CIH Senior Policy Advisor

13/01/2015

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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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: 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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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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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: 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: Lean Business Improvement  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Julian Beaney, Business Services Director of Service Matters.

12/11/2014

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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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New housing apprenticeships

Read up on the latest government framework which focuses on targeting apprenticeships to specific job roles at different levels.