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Collaborative working key to helping people live well with dementia

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

14/08/2018

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CIH welcome supported housing funding announcement - but what next?

The long awaited response from government on its supported housing funding framework has now been published – and it will be greeted with a huge sense of relief from the sector, giving providers the confidence to start building supported housing again.

10/08/2018

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CIH Scotland interviews Graham Simpson MSP

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

01/08/2018

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Right to rent – there are no winners from this flawed policy

Policy and public affairs manager Matthew Kennedy talks in more detail about CIH Cymru setting a number of recommendations to the Welsh Government as part of the 'Right to rent' policy.

01/08/2018

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'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

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

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

27/07/2018

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'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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'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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Young people's housing aspirations being failed by capital's broken housing market

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland's deputy director Callum Chomczuk examines how the aspiration of young people and people on lower incomes to have their own home is being failed by the capital’s broken housing market.

18/07/2018

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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

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CIH vice president addresses housing and ageing event

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

17/07/2018

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Countdown to letting agent registration deadline

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

17/07/2018

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Going digital - where are we now?

Halton Housing developed its 'Digital First' programme in response to the introduction of universal credit. Chief executive Nick Atkin shares the results so far ahead of his CIH webinar on how housing organisations are gearing up for the future.

12/07/2018

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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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County councils have a crucial role to play in meeting housing need

Our senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis takes a look at what a new report says about the pressures on county councils and their role in meeting housing need.

04/07/2018

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Local government reorganisation uncertainty harming professionals delivering vital services

The announcement that the proposed merger map for local authorities in Wales is to be withdrawn adds to the uncertainty for housing professionals trying to deliver essential services, says CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks.

04/07/2018

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

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

03/07/2018

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Sign up and show your support for Scottish Housing Day

People and communities across Scotland are being asked to sign up and show their support for this year’s Scottish Housing Day, which will take place on Wednesday September 19th.

03/07/2018

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Tackling homelessness through Rapid Rehousing

Following the publication of the final recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at one of the key recommendations around Rapid Rehousing and Housing First.

03/07/2018

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How do the pieces of the jigsaw fit together?

Winner of The Times Non-Exec Director of the year 2017, Hattie Llewelyn-Davies reflects on a career spanning homelessness services, housing associations, health boards and seal conservation! Hat

22/06/2018

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Domestic abuse - a survivor's story

As we surpass 125 organisations signed up to our Make a Stand pledge, Alliance Homes, one of our pledge signatories, shared this poem from a survivor who received support and Alex Gutsell outlines the organisation's work.

20/06/2018

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Thriving places and communities are key to improving Scotland’s health

In this new guest blog for CIH Scotland, Eibhlin McHugh, co-director for public health reform at the Scottish Government outlines the key role that good housing and strong communities play in improving Scotland's health.

19/06/2018

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CIH Scotland interview with Danielle Rowley MP

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

19/06/2018

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Four things we learned from Going digital: gearing up for the future

We’ve been working with Incommunities and Halton Housing to build up a picture of where social landlords are now on their digital development journey and how they are gearing up for the future. CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves examines some of the lessons from the organisations we spoke to.

19/06/2018

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Key lessons from Grenfell must be to listen and communicate

On the one year anniversary of the Grenfell fire, CIH Scotland's deputy director Callum Chomczuk reflects on some of the key lessons which need to be learned in this new opinion piece.

14/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Ciarán McMahon

The Housing Festival 2018 is being organised by CIH Futures NI; a group of ambitious and talented young housing professionals who are eager to show the fun side of the housing sector! In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Ciarán McMahon...

12/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Martin Downey

The Housing Festival 2018 is being organised by CIH Futures NI; a group of ambitious and talented young housing professionals who are eager to show the fun side of the housing sector! In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Martin Downey...

06/06/2018

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Two months into the Homelessness Reduction Act - one council's story

How are local authorities dealing with the new duties encompassed in the Homelessness Reduction act? Faye Greaves visited Westminster City Council to find out.

05/06/2018

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Centre for Homelessness Impact launches new flagship evidence tools

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

05/06/2018

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'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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CIH Scotland interview with Andy Wightman MSP

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

05/06/2018

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

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

05/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Stuart Rafferty

The Housing Festival 2018 is being organised by CIH Futures NI; a group of ambitious and talented young housing professionals who are eager to show the fun side of the housing sector! In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Stuart Raffety...

01/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Lisa Wilson

In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Lisa Wilson...

29/05/2018

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Getting to know you: Michaela McCusker

In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better!

23/05/2018

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

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

22/05/2018

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

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

21/05/2018

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'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

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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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'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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'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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Social Security Bill Update

Following the passage of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill on the 25th of April, CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell provides an update on the main areas that the new Bill will cover.

08/05/2018

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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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'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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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Monique Green

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Monique Green puts her case forward.

04/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Ian Patterson

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Ian Patterson puts his case forward.

04/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Holly Messenger

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Holly Messenger puts her case forward.

03/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Moira Nisbet

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Moira Nisbet puts forward her case.

03/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Jess Page

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Next to put forward their case is Jess Page.

02/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Eden Bailey

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Eden Bailey puts forward her case.

02/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Oliver Harling

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Oliver Harling puts his case forward.

01/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Laura Wood

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Laura Wood puts forward her case.

01/05/2018

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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Natasha Jones

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Here Natasha Jones makes her case.

30/04/2018

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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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Rising Stars 2018 - the final ten: Ross Edwards

As they fight for your votes, each of our Rising Stars finalists has been asked to blog about housing and how they would use winning the competition to the benefit of the sector. Ross Edwards from Freebridge Community Housing is first up.

30/04/2018

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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

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Why existing homes matter just as much as building new ones

In advance of an Existing Homes Alliance Scotland parliamentary reception on 29 May, CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell provides an update on the work of the group.

24/04/2018

Blog

Tyfu Tai Cymru: the future of housing in Wales

We spoke to Catherine May, manager of our new Tyfu Tai Cymru project, to find out more.

23/04/2018

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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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'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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'Youth homelessness is everybody's business.'

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

20/04/2018

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Universal basic income in Wales: the case for and against

A business innovation lead at a housing association and a lecturer in public policy explore universal income and reach very different conclusions about its value.

17/04/2018

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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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Who has the answers to the housing crisis? All of us

CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks explores the housing landscape in Wales and the need to come together to solve our housing crisis as he takes a look ahead to TAI 2018.

11/04/2018

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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

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‘Aye we can’ – proposals to end homelessness and rough sleeping in Scotland

Following the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group stakeholder event last month, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn reflects on the group’s recommendations for eradicating homelessness and rough sleeping, and explores some of the challenges ahead as we look towards implementation.

09/04/2018

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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

Tackling inequalities and understanding diverse needs must be central to CIH project

Ahead of the first roundtable discussion in Derry/Londonderry next week, the Equality Commission’s Deborah Howe says it’s vital for Rethinking social housing NI to reflect the needs of all the people in Northern Ireland.

05/04/2018

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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

Blog

'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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The Big Interview: CIH Scotland deputy director Callum Chomczuk

We spoke to our new deputy director, Callum Chomczuk, to find out his thoughts about the challenges which lie ahead for housing professionals in Scotland and his vision for CIH Scotland’s role.

28/03/2018

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

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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

Blog

Re-assessing the mission, purpose and values of social housing

Northern Ireland’s housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world says Choice Housing’s Michael McDonnell, in the latest of our Rethinking social housing NI comment pieces.

26/03/2018

Blog

UK Housing Review 2018: the Welsh perspective

CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Matt Kennedy says this year's UK Housing Review paints a positive picture of housing supply in Wales.

21/03/2018

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‘Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.’

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

20/03/2018

Blog

'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

Blog

Data is a cultural issue

Using data can help all organisations deliver more effective services and make a real difference to people's lives - but only if they have the right culture in place, says the Satori Lab's Ben Proctor ahead of his session at TAI 2018.

14/03/2018

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Why politicians shouldn’t shy away from the Lobbying Register

As the new Lobbying Act comes into force, CIH Scotland's deputy director Callum Chomczuk explains what it all means and outlines some of the potential impacts on political engagement.

13/03/2018

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

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

Hundreds come together for Scotland's biggest and best housing event

We take a look at the highlights from day one of Scotland's Housing Festival in Edinburgh.

28/02/2018

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

'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

Blog

The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire

CIH Northern Ireland recently launched the Rethinking social housing project. We spoke to the project's chair, Will Haire, who is also chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to find out his hopes for the project and much more.

27/02/2018

Blog

'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

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

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

Blog

NHS Health Scotland looks ahead to CIH Housing Festival

With just under a week to go until the 2018 CIH Housing Festival 2018, Matt Lowther explains how his NHS Health Scotland colleagues are in full swing as they embrace event planning.

21/02/2018

Blog

'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 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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'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

Blog

Join the debate on the future of NI social housing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and practice expert Justin Cartwright takes a look at Rethinking social housing NI and encourages people to get involved.

14/02/2018

Blog

'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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The big interview: CIH Scotland's new chair, Esther Wilson

We spoke to new CIH Scotland chair Esther Wilson to find out more about her career, her thoughts on the challenges facing Scottish housing professionals and what she wants to achieve in the role.

13/02/2018

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

Blog

'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

Blog

'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

Blog

The Clink: Changing attitudes, transforming lives and creating second chances

Ahead of his session at TAI 2018 Chris Moore tells us a bit more about the work of The Clink to rehabilitate through education. At TAI 2018i he'll be telling us more about what housing can learn from The Clink's approach

30/01/2018

TAI

The Clink: Helen's story - In her own words

Ahead of TAI 2018 we've been profiling one of our headline sessions with The Clink, a charity that rehabilitates prisoners by providing experience at a restaurant. This is a case study to accompany our blog preview.

30/01/2018

TAI

'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

Blog

CIH NI Futures - your professional network

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

30/01/2018

Blog

'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

Blog

Latest housing survey reveals 'huge changes' of last decade

As the government publishes its English Housing Survey, CIH head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at four notable things it reveals about the way the housing market has changed over the last decade.

29/01/2018

Blog

'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

Blog

Supporting people who are sleeping rough

What’s the best way to support people who are sleeping rough? Mike Ash, acting corporate director for communities and housing at Swindon Borough Council, outlines the new approach his team is taking.

24/01/2018

Blog

'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

Blog

'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

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

'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

Blog

Fire safety and housing in 2018: the big issues

CIH's head of practice Debbie Larner shares her observations on the Hackitt report and the ongoing fire safety challenges for housing organisations.

16/01/2018

Blog

'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

Blog

MPs have a chance to give renters the rights they deserve - we must urge them to take it

The ‘Fitness for Human Habitation’ Bill would restore crucial rights for renters first introduced back in 1885, says CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister.

16/01/2018

Blog

Top five things to look out for in housing in 2018

The New Year has already delivered a new housing minister and new profile for housing, CIH's head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at what else to look out for in 2018.

15/01/2018

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

It’s called the Fringe, but the ideas are anything but

We chatted to Evie Copland, CIH Scotland board member and chair of Scotland’s Housing Festival Fringe, about the radical conference within a conference at Housing Festival. CIH Scotland’s Housing Festival Fringe takes exciting ideas and main stage speakers, and brings them to an intimate space where the formalities of conference presenting are put to one side in favour of discussion and debate.

15/01/2018

Blog

'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

Blog

Do democratic structures lead to resident engagement? The case of non-profit housing in Denmark

TAI 2018 will be about how all of us, the whole of the housing team, are the motivators of positive progress. But how do we ensure we live up to the ‘all’ in all of us? We asked Anne Vorre Hansen, Roskilde University, to tell us about resident engagement in Denmark.

02/01/2018

TAI

'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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Top 20 most-read on www.cih.org in 2017

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

21/12/2017

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‘We need to make sure that homes built are affordable’

We asked CIH members what they thought of the government’s plans for housing and welfare outlined in last month’s budget – here’s what they told us.

20/12/2017

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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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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

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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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'I believe passionately in the value of social housing - but we could do so much more'

In our latest Rethinking social housing comment piece, Peabody chief executive Brendan Sarsfield says housing has failed to keep pace with the changing world around it.

13/12/2017

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'We need to take a longer-term look at welfare'

The chancellor made some welcome changes in last month's Budget – but many policies are still obstructing efforts to tackle homelessness and make sure people can access a decent home at a price they can afford, says CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister.

06/12/2017

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'If ever there was a time to re-evaluate the purpose of social housing, it's now.'

In the first of a series of comment pieces we are running alongside our Rethinking social housing project, Optivo chief executive Paul Hackett says it is a crucial time to re-evaluate the purpose of social housing.

05/12/2017

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New Scottish tenancy: what you need to know

Our policy and public affairs manager, Ashley Campbell, runs you through everything you need to know about the new Scottish private rented sector (PRS) tenancy.

01/12/2017

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Tackling inequalities in end of life care

Thousands of people across Wales are missing out on palliative care, says Marie Cure policy and public affairs manager Paul Harding.

28/11/2017

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Delivering high-quality dementia care

The design of places and spaces is crucial in delivering high-quality dementia care says Dr Julie Christie, region manager for the UK and Europe at HammondCare's Dementia Centre.

28/11/2017

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CIH vice president announces domestic abuse commitment will continue

Just months into his time as CIH vice president Jim Strang has pledged to continue the efforts of current president Alison Inman to tackle domestic abuse when he becomes president in 2018.

28/11/2017

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Choice-based lettings: let’s get back to basics

A new CIH guide to choice-based lettings (CBL) is timely, according to CIH policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright.

24/11/2017

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What I learned: Welsh Housing Awards 2017

Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer at CIH Cymru, shares what he learned from being behind the scenes of this year’s Welsh Housing Awards.

23/11/2017

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'Housing organisations must do more to tackle domestic abuse.'

All housing organisations have a part to play to tackle domestic abuse, says CIH president Alison Inman.

17/11/2017

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'People who live and work in social housing must lead the debate on its future.'

As CIH launches a major new project called Rethinking social housing, Terrie Alafat says we must help the people that live and work in social housing to lead the debate about its future.

16/11/2017

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Shared sites – ending 'age apartheid', improving lives

The idea of co-locating services for older and young people is hardly new. But compared to other countries, the UK is lagging behind in putting it into practice, says United for All Ages director Stephen Burke.

09/11/2017

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Has housing management had its day?

As a number of challenges are pushing housing providers to look again at the way they deliver services our head of practice Debbie Larner asks what housing management means today.

03/11/2017

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'We've made great progress, time to go a step further in the budget.'

After a very busy few weeks for housing our head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at each of the priorities we outlined in our budget submission to see how much progress has been made and where there is still work to do.

01/11/2017

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'The government must take a step back on universal credit.'

As criticism of universal credit continues to grow, Sam Lister says ministers must not fall into the trap of seeing major issues with the policy as minor glitches.

30/10/2017

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Five things we learned from our fire safety event for housing professionals

CIH head of practice Debbie Larner reflects on the debate at CIH London’s fire safety event, held in partnership with the London Fire Brigade.

27/10/2017

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91 per cent of CIH ‘Learning 2 Let’ graduates report increased knowledge in issues relating to their role as a private landlord or letting agent

A new in-depth interim report into ‘Learning 2 Let’ – a certified training programme for private landlords and letting agents developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), with the support of the Department for Communities – reveals a very high level of satisfaction amongst learners who have completed the course to date.

25/10/2017

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Rethink on supported housing can’t come soon enough

MPs are due to debate the future of supported housing today amid reports that the government is to rethink plans to cap housing benefit for residents. CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat says such a move can’t come soon enough.

25/10/2017

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Domestic abuse: the facts, the figures and what housing can do to help

As CIH president Alison Inman reveals she has chosen Women's Aid as her charity of the year, Elinor Crouch-Puzey, from domestic abuse charity Standing Together, takes a detailed look at the issue and what housing providers can do to help.

24/10/2017

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Universal credit tweaks are welcome - but they don't go far enough

Making the universal credit helpline free and offering advance payments isn't enough to make universal credit work for claimants, says CIH policy and practice officer Priya Thethi - but there are three changes which would help.

19/10/2017

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'Councils finding ways to build but could do much more with support.'

As a new report reveals councils are building thousands of homes through local housing companies, Paul Hackett, director of the Smith Institute, says government must support their efforts to build more.

18/10/2017

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'Tackling homelessness about so much more than just building homes.'

Our response to the homelessness crisis must be to find a way to help the person, not just their satisfy their housing need, says Priya Thethi.

16/10/2017

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'I don’t always have the answers so building my network is massively important'

Universal credit, building more homes, the looming Local Housing Allowance cap and making sure residents' voices are heard post-Grenfell - we spoke to Wellingborough Homes head of housing and support services (and CIH Eastern board member) Dave Lockerman about the big issues for debate at CIH's Eastern Conference.

12/10/2017

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Stories behind the stats – what’s really going on behind the homelessness figures?

The leading cause of homelessness in England is private rented sector tenancies coming to an end – but why? CIH policy and practice research officer Yoric Irving-Clarke explores the stories behind the data.

11/10/2017

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'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector.'

Policy and practice officer Priya Thethi takes a look at changes to the private sector announced at the Conservative party conference and what they could mean for millions of tenants.

10/10/2017

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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

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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

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

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

06/08/2018

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Webinar recap: Longer tenancies for private renters? M

CIH members had the opportunity to discuss the governments three year tenancies proposal for private renters in England.

01/08/2018

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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

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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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Webinar recap: Shaping the national strategy to end loneliness - an opportunity for housing M

The webinar gave CIH members the opportunity to shape the government’s approach to end loneliness, and find out more and have their say on what housing organisations are doing already, and what the strategy needs to do to support more great schemes.

30/07/2018

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Webinar recap: Going digital - how are housing organisations gearing up for the future?

Nick Atkin, group chief executive at Halton Housing and Faye Greaves, CIH policy and practice officer explored what the key drivers are for landlords’ use of digital technology; the different approaches to digital development and channel shift; the importance of data and how it can be used proactively; and the role of organisational leadership and culture.

20/07/2018

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'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

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'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

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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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'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

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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

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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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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

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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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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 career development course.

09/07/2018

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Webinar recap: The housing management inbox: a legal update

Gail Sykes, partner at Buckles Solicitors and expert in social housing law explores the big topics affecting us all and what our response should be legally.

09/07/2018

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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

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Webinar follow-up: Through the lens of a housing provider, the impact of domestic violence on children

Michelle Meldrum, executive director of operations at Gentoo Group talks about the impact domestic abuse has on children and the difference housing providers can make both now and in the future and the work Gentoo Group are doing to protect and support victims and their families.

20/06/2018

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

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

19/06/2018

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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

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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

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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

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‘All organisations should give back to their communities.’

Paul Threader, finance director at Wates Living Space, says investing in communities is crucial.

17/05/2018

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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

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Webinar follow-up: Preparing for Universal Credit, full service roll-out in Leicester City: a co-ordinated approach

Catch up on part two of the East Midlands Universal Credit webinar series. Learn from leading experts, registered providers and agencies within the region.

11/05/2018

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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

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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

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“The CIH mentoring scheme helped me to put some achievable steps in place to see my career development evolve”

We spoke to Emma Brute, project manager of business improvement at United Welsh about her mentoring experience and the steps she’s now put in place for her continued professional development to grow.

09/05/2018

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Webinar follow-up: Universal Credit within the region - spotlight on EMH Homes

Catch up on part one of the East Midlands Universal Credit webinar series. Learn from leading experts, registered providers and agencies within the region.

08/05/2018

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'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

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“I wanted to demonstrate my commitment to the housing profession, so I became a CIH chartered member”

Housing manager Janice White at Estuary Housing Association shares with us her experience of completing Apex online, one of the chartered routes to becoming a chartered member of CIH.

02/05/2018

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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

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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: 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

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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

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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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Why attend The Big Conversation 2018?

Gemma Stockdale, senior project business partner at Thirteen Group and member of CIH Futures talks about how the last 12 months have been an absolute whirlwind and how visiting the Big Conversation last year opened up many opportunities for her.

20/04/2018

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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

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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

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‘Be Bold in Your Career helped me realise my potential’

Be Bold in Your Career is supporting people to fulfil their career potential, no matter what sector they work in and if you’re a CIH member you can access the course for a heavily discounted rate of £60+VAT.

11/04/2018

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'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

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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 national housing picture looks very different regionally – it’s vital to work together to share learning and experience’

Ahead of CIH’s Eastern Policy Event regional manager Rebecca Clarke reflects on a tumultuous year for housing and what the future holds for the region.

09/04/2018

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Webinar follow-up: #HRChat - Building bright futures for housing M

Emma Palmer, executive director (strategic partnerships) at Flagship Housing Group talks through succession planning and creating future leaders for the housing sector by the housing sector.

05/04/2018

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Webinar follow-up: Fire safety sensible solutions M

Debbie Larner, head of practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing and Jan Taranczuk, senior housing practitioner and director of Jan Taranczuk Associates recap on the current position in relation to various current inquiries since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower last June.

19/03/2018

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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

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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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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: 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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Instagram live: Human library with Aileen Evans M

Missed the instagram live session with Aileen Evans?

09/03/2018

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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

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Webinar follow-up: How to be an effective leader

Anne-marie Fenlon, group director of housing and Andrew Muir, group corporate services director at Notting Hill Housing explore how to be an effective leader.

08/03/2018

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Webinar follow-up: Careers in social housing

This webinar is aimed at anyone thinking about their future career choices – either if you’re already interested in working in the social housing sector or if you’ve never heard about it but want to find out what it offers.

05/03/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Chris Grose M

Missed the instagram live session with Chris Grose?

02/03/2018

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Webinar follow-up: #HRChat: supporting our staff with resilience and stress management M

Hear from Anthony Taylor, managing director at Anthony Taylor Limited and Lisa Aston, organisational development business partner at Newcharter Housing Group on the different approaches taken by organisations, as well as delving into some of the best ways to handle these challenges both personally and corporately.

01/03/2018

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‘I can’t recommend getting a mentor highly enough’

Did you know that CIH members can take advantage of free mentoring? Brett Sadler, assistant director for communities at North Wales Housing, says getting advice from someone who gets to know you well but doesn’t work with you can be invaluable.

21/02/2018

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'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

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Instagram live: Human library with Stephani Davis M

Missed the instagram live session with Stephani Davis?

09/02/2018

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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: 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

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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

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Instagram live: Human library with Lisa Pickard M

Missed the instagram live session with Lisa Pickard?

19/01/2018

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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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New Year, new offer for CIH members

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

17/01/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Tony Stacey M

Missed the instagram live session with Tony Stacey?

12/01/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Esko Reinikainen M

Missed the instagram live session with Esko Reinikainen?

05/01/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Alison Inman M

Missed the instagram live session with Alison Inman?

22/12/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Elly Hoult M

Missed the instagram live session with Elly Hoult?

15/12/2017

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‘We need to find different ways to provide great support and care.’

As the countdown starts to our new Housing and Adult Social Care events in partnership with Adass, our senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis takes a look at the challenges we face and how the event will shed a light on approaches to tackling them.

14/12/2017

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CIH Eastern chair Russell Heath reflects on this year's Eastern conference

After signs of a welcome change in approach to housing from policy makers, this year’s CIH Eastern conference was all about making the most of opportunities while they last, says CIH Eastern chair Russell Heath.

12/12/2017

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Webinar follow-up: #HRChat: all things apprenticeships

Hear from Vanessa Howell, CIH head of professional standards as she talked about apprenticeships a year on; changes and where we are. Kate Dodsworth, executive director of Optivo shared her views on the importance of the changes and where she thinks the sector is going. She also shared some insight on how her organisation is embracing the change.

08/12/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Kate Dodsworth M

Missed the instagram live session with Kate Dodsworth?

08/12/2017

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Webinar follow-up: The WDH approach to income management M

Hear about WDH's award-winning approach to income management, how the organisation uses automation to drive performance and results and how it is changing its services to meet customers' needs.

08/12/2017

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'I'm proud to work for an organisation which makes such a difference."

In our latest Meet the Member feature we spoke to member champion Laura Wood, group lead for PR and communications at North Star.

04/12/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Rob Gershon M

Missed the instagram live session with Rob Gershon?

01/12/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Nick Atkin M

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

24/11/2017

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Webinar follow up: Game changing pilots, transforming lives M

Bromford's John Wade and Carole Clark outline their approach to innovation and change.

24/11/2017

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The WDH approach to income management

Our business intelligence has enabled us to take a controlled approach to the range of welfare reforms affecting our customers.

20/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Christopher Irons M

Missed the instagram live session with Christopher Irons? Listen to Christopher's housing story, rising stars and why younger professionals need to have their say.

17/11/2017

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'If you don’t explore, you'll never find.'

Being willing to try out ideas is a key part of discovering the best housing innovations, says John Wade, director of strategy at Bromford.

14/11/2017

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Webinar follow up: Increasing security in the private rented sector M

Is it time to reopen the debate on increasing security in the private rented sector?

14/11/2017

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Webinar follow up: Transforming care, the role of supported housing in meeting the national agenda M

This webinar will explore Look Ahead’s experience over the last two years delivering services for individuals with high-level learning disabilities, associated mental health and other complex needs and behaviour that challenges.

07/11/2017

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Triple training success for GEM programme

More than 30 young people have been recruited onto an award-winning graduate development programme.

07/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Gemma Stockdale M

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

03/11/2017

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Webinar follow up: Universal credit - what housing providers need to know (Northern Ireland) M

Policy and practice officer Sam Lister, will explore key issues raised by the introduction of universal credit in Northern Ireland and help housing providers prepare for the changes.

01/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Julie Fadden M

Missed the instagram live session with Julie Fadden? Find out all about her inspiring career journey in housing, leadership advice and learning from your journey.

27/10/2017

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Webinar follow up: The power of campaigns - UK Housing Award Special M

Steve Hayes, CIH communications manager and Northern Ireland Housing Executive head of communications Jonathan Blease track the peace walls campaign from its conception through to its skilful implementation.

27/10/2017

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'No single organisation has the answer to reducing homelessness .'

No single organisation has the answer to reducing homelessness – but Homelessness Awareness Week was a reminder of what we can achieve when we work together, says Chris Stocks, homeless strategy and partnership lead at Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council.

26/10/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Geeta Nanda M

Missed the instagram live session with Geeta Nanda? Find out all about her career journey in housing, leadership advice and what it takes to get to the top.

20/10/2017

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Graduates get together for seminar on 21st century communities

National building contractor United Living in partnership with the GEM Programme hosted 22 graduates from across the housing sector in the UK to look at the role of 21st century communities.

20/10/2017

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Webinar follow up: Housing's role in effective hospital discharge, and wider health and wellbeing services M

Recap on the critical role of housing organisations in achieving effective hospital discharge, hearing from Kelly Webb, assistant director for health and housing needs from First Choice Homes Oldham. You will hear about their hospital to homes service, how they developed the service, and how it is working and new services developing with primary and social care partners to support health and wellbeing through healthy homes.

18/10/2017

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What can housing do to ease the ever-increasing pressure on our National Health Service?

Kelly Webb, assistant director for health and housing needs at First Choice Homes Oldham, explains what the organisation’s hospital discharge service is doing to help.

18/10/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Jonathan Barnes M

Missed the instagram live session with Jon Barnes? Listen to Jon's story about how CIH Cymru put together their Housing Festival event by getting outside the comfort zone and challenging norms.

13/10/2017

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Council housing team boosts skills with CIH qualifications

More than 35 housing professionals at Hull City Council have achieved CIH qualifications as part of a two-year bespoke training programme. We spoke to neighbourhoods and housing practice manager Ria Toutountzi to find out how the council and its staff will benefit.

12/10/2017

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Webinar follow up: Preparing for universal credit live full service M

This webinar reviews the main differences between live and full services. Priya and Yoric, policy and practice officers will outline the problems which are being faced by organisations in areas where full service has already been rolled out, and give examples of best practice in how to prepare for these problems.

11/10/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Evie Copland M

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

06/10/2017

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Webinar: The value of accredited housing professionals M

Employees, you may have completed qualifications to become an expert, but do you feel that some of your talent and knowledge is wasted? Employers, do you fully utilise the skill set you have within your organisations? Gain insight as to how both sides can benefit from an awareness of the talent harnessed within your business.

03/10/2017

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Webinar: The 2018 UK Housing Awards: why enter, what to enter and how to make your work shine

The UK Housing Awards, run by CIH and Inside Housing, are the biggest and best in the housing sector - winning is a mark of quality and opens up a range of opportunities to showcase your work as the very best the housing sector has to offer. But with stiff competition, knowing which work you should enter and making sure your award submission does it justice is extremely challenging.

27/09/2017

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Webinar: Outstanding approach to tenant involvement M

Hear from communications and marketing manager Sarah Thomas and Phoenix Community resident board member Gail Nicholas, on how tenants play a major role in shaping Phoenix's services and steering its overall direction, and what your organisation could learn from its award-winning approach.

26/09/2017

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Webinar: What is the housing offer for young people? M

Recap on the positive pathways for supporting young people out of homelessness and preventing it in the first place.

06/09/2017

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

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

02/06/2017

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Presentations from Making the rental strategy work

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

30/05/2017

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Presentations from Living in the city

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

26/05/2017

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London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

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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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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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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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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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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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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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