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Read our latest news and access an archive of our press releases from across the UK. If you would like more information on anything you have read please contact our press team.


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CIH ‘disappointed and worried’ by delay in announcement on supported housing 

CIH has expressed its concern following Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green's revelation that no announcement will be made on the future funding of supported housing until autumn.

21/07/2016

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Let's shore up the nation's economy, say CIH and NHF 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and National Housing Federation are calling on the government to back building by housing associations and local authorities to shore up the nation’s economy.

20/07/2016

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CIH Ireland welcomes ambitious housing plan 

Commenting on the government’s action plan for housing and homelessness Rebuilding Ireland announced today, Nicola McCrudden, CIH Ireland director, said: “Homelessness and the lack of new housing symbolise the current housing crisis. We welcome Rebuilding Ireland as a considered and comprehensive response, and we urge all housing and support providers to back and deliver the plan.

19/07/2016

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Council plans to build 500,000 homes thwarted by government 

A plan with potential to build more than 500,000 new homes over thirty years has been undermined by successive government policies, a report published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), claimed today.

14/07/2016

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New poll says government must address homelessness and religious segregation in housing 

The Northern Ireland government’s draft programme for government (PfG) framework must include good housing as a core outcome according to CIH Northern Ireland. A new poll shows the majority of CIH members in Northern Ireland think that housing is not a high enough priority for the government.

05/07/2016

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New chair and vice chair for CIH Northern Ireland 

CIH has confirmed two new senior appointments to its Northern Ireland board – Dan Corr has been elected as chair and Elizabeth Martin as vice chair.

05/07/2016

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CIH comment on Homelessness Reduction Bill  

CIH head of policy Melanie Rees said: “We are very pleased to learn that Conservative MP and member of the Communities and Local Government Committee Bob Blackman will use his Private Members’ Bill to focus on preventing and tackling homelessness in England.

29/06/2016

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CIH publishes new book on history of housing in Northern Ireland 

"Housing in Northern Ireland", published by CIH, is a new book which documents the history of the housing industry in Northern Ireland, from the 1970s through to the present day.

29/06/2016

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Suitable housing out of reach for ambitious young people, says CIH 

The goal of suitable housing is seen as out of reach for ambitious young people according to a major new survey on the housing market.

28/06/2016

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CIH comment on EU referendum result 

Commenting on the result, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "Today we know that the UK has voted to leave the European Union – at this stage the full implications for the UK and for housing organisations are unclear.

24/06/2016

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CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector 

“It is pleasing to see that the regulator’s analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years and that they expect to see further, greater, savings in the future...

09/06/2016

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CIH comment on Queen's speech 

Commenting on today’s Queen’s speech, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "At a time when more and more people are becoming homeless, we are disappointed that government has not taken this opportunity to introduce a new duty for local authorities to prevent people losing their homes.

18/05/2016

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Help with housing costs isn't aligning with rent for private tenants, says CIH 

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay, new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) research has found.

13/05/2016

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Regeneration requires a different approach, says new report 

The way funding is made available to promote regeneration needs to change, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Poplar HARCA and Sheffield Hallam University's CRESR, because it can more than prove its economic return.

09/05/2016

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CIH consultancy appoints new members to its senior leadership team 

A new chair of the board and new managing director have been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s consultancy arm, CIH consultancy.

09/05/2016

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CIH comment on the Public Account Committee’s right to buy report 

The Public Account Committee’s report – released today – raises a number of issues relating to government proposals to extend the right to buy to 1.3 million housing association tenants.

29/04/2016

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CIH calls for step change in housing delivery 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “We are continuing to see growth in the number of new homes - particularly in the private sector where there has been a 12 per cent yearly increase on new home starts. Housing associations are also performing well with the number of completed new homes up 31 per cent (282) on the same quarter last year. In total there were 1346 properties started during October to December 2015 an increase of 12 per cent for the same period in 2014.”

28/04/2016

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Northern Ireland housing system in need of repair 

Ahead of the Assembly elections, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland has published its Agenda for Change. According to housing professionals locally, housing and homelessness needs to be a higher priority for the new government. Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland, said “CIH members have a clear message for Stormont – our housing system is in need of urgent repair and must be a higher priority in the new programme for government.”

14/04/2016

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CIH comment on PRS rents and house price index 

CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart commented today on the statistics.

30/03/2016

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CIH comment on today’s DCLG official homelessness figures 

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat commented today on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) official homelessness figures.

23/03/2016

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New Board members and leadership for the CIH Scotland Board 

New board members, a new Chair and a new Vice Chair were introduced to the membership at CIH Scotland’s Annual General Meeting today.

17/03/2016

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CIH response to 2016 Budget announcement 

Responding to today's Budget, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "CIH has been calling for more measures to address homelessness and rough sleeping and today's announcement of an investment of £115 million to tackle rough sleeping is good news.

16/03/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on Budget 2016 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has commented on the 2016 Budget, presented to the House of Commons today (16th March 2016) by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

16/03/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland response to 2016 Budget announcement 

Responding to today's Budget, CIH director for NI & ROI Nicola McCrudden said: "CIH has been calling for more measures to address homelessness and rough sleeping and today's announcement by the Chancellor of additional investment for England is good news - we would like to see similar commitment locally.

16/03/2016

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Report calls for more affordable housing as first-time buyer figures remain static 

The number of first-time buyers is static, demonstrating the need for more holistic housing policy, according to a new report.

14/03/2016

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Public Accounts Committee on right to buy told affordable homes that are sold must be replaced or sector faces a further decline 

Affordable homes sold through either the right to buy or the sale of high value council homes must be replaced otherwise the supply of social rented homes will be pushed into a further decline, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat warned today.

09/03/2016

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Best in housing celebrated at annual awards night 

Housing professionals and organisations are recognised at awards ceremony for their contributions to local communities.

07/03/2016

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New training programme for Scottish letting agents 

A new best practice training programme for letting agents in Scotland’s private rented housing sector has been launched today (2 March 2016).

02/03/2016

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CIH Cymru responds to the announcement delaying LHA to supported accommodation 

In the 2015 autumn statement it was announced that when assessing the eligibility for housing benefit and universal credit, local housing allowance (LHA) would apply to all social rents from 1 April 2018, for tenants who had signed new tenancies from 1 April 2016.

02/03/2016

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CIH shares its views on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap  

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat commented on the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap today (1 March).

01/03/2016

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Housing body launches ‘Agenda for Change’ in lead-up to Holyrood elections 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland has today launched an Agenda for Change, outlining a series of recommendations to improve Scotland’s housing system across five key policy areas.

01/03/2016

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CIH Scotland welcomes More Homes Scotland announcement 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland has welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s More Homes Scotland initiative, announced today (29 February 2016) by Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights Alex Neil MSP. Mr. Neil is due to speak at the opening of CIH Scotland’s 2016 annual Conference in Edinburgh on Tuesday, 1st March, where he is expected to set out further details of the More Homes Scotland initiative.

29/02/2016

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House-building in England up in 2015 but still a long way to go 

Commenting on figures for house-building in England for the year to December 2015, released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees said: “The cost of housing means that millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford, so it’s very encouraging to see a 21 per cent increase in the number of homes built in the year to December 2015.

25/02/2016

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CIH comment on English Housing Survey 

Commenting on the English Housing Survey headline report, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “While the overall decline in home ownership appears to have halted, we need to think about what the future holds, especially for young people struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

18/02/2016

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Protect housing for vulnerable people CIH urges 

The most vulnerable people in our society must be protected from a planned housing benefit cut according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). CIH is urging Chancellor George Osborne to use next month’s Budget to exclude supported housing from plans to cap housing benefit for social housing at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates (the amount of housing benefit people living in the private rented sector are able to claim).

15/02/2016

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CIH responds to CLG committee report on housing associations and the right to buy 

Commenting on the Communities and Local Government select committee report on housing associations and the right to buy, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We would urge ministers to consider this report very carefully. Our research shows that almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations if no extra funding is provided by central government.

10/02/2016

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More new homes started but homelessness still a problem 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “More new homes were started during July to September than at any time over the previous five years – just over 2,000 in total. This is excellent news. However, we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The Regional Development Strategy suggests that we need more than 11,000 new homes every year, but right now we’re only building around half of that number.

09/02/2016

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CIH Cymru respond to Carmarthenshire’s ambitious housing delivery plans 

Kevin Howell, CIH Cymru director, responded to Carmarthenshire's plans for 1,000 affordable homes. The announcement comes ahead of the Homes for Wales rally on 4 March 2016 - Welsh housing's campaign to end the housing crisis in Wales.

08/02/2016

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Wales boosted by £20m social housing investment 

Welsh Government have announced a further £20m social housing grant in Wales within this financial year. The announcement was made as part of a £43m capital investment boost, which included a 21st century schools project across Wales.

05/02/2016

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Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector 

Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters, combined with better incentives to encourage landlords to improve, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland.

04/02/2016

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Benefit cut for supported housing risks long-term damage warns CIH President 

The UK government should think again on a benefit cut that will affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, according to the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

04/02/2016

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Rent cut for supported housing to be delayed - CIH response 

Responding to the news that the government will delay a planned rent cut for supported housing to give it time to study the findings of a review, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “We are pleased to hear that the government will exempt supported housing from the one per cent cut in social housing rents for a year to assess the potential impact.

27/01/2016

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CIH responds to Court of Appeal rulings on bedroom tax 

Responding to the Court of Appeal’s rulings today that the bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “It’s been clear for a long time now that the bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Great Britain.

27/01/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on Scottish Government housing subsidies announcement 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has commented on a Scottish Government announcement on future grant subsidy benchmarks for affordable housing in Scotland, made today (25 January 2016).

25/01/2016

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Housing supply forum report welcomed by CIH Northern Ireland 

Commenting on the report and recommendations of the Housing Supply Forum ahead of today’s Committee for Social Development event Building future homes in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland, Justin Cartwright, Forum member from CIH Northern Ireland said: “This report is good news for people in need of an affordable home and for the house building industry. While its recommendations aren’t a cure-all for our housing supply problem, they are practical measures for the short-term which, if introduced, could help unblock house building in Northern Ireland.”

21/01/2016

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Want to improve the diversity of housing's leaders? CIH needs you 

Housing organisations are being challenged to improve the diversity of their leadership.

20/01/2016

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Scotland must tackle root causes of homelessness 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has commented on latest quarterly homelessness statistics for Scotland, published today (12th January 2016).

12/01/2016

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More than 2.5 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks to rent a home 

At least 2.6 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks when the government’s ‘right to rent’ scheme is rolled out across England next month.

06/01/2016

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CIH responds to government plan to directly commission new homes 

Responding to Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the government is to directly commission new homes and set up a £1.2bn starter home fund, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We need a swift and significant increase in the number of new homes being built to solve our national housing crisis, so the investment in direct commissioning is a welcome development – the government has clearly recognised that building is not happening as fast as it would like, or on the scale that's required.

04/01/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on draft Scottish budget 2016-17 

Commenting on the draft Scottish budget for 2016-17, presented to the Scottish Parliament today (16 December 2015) by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Policy and Practice Officer Ashley Campbell said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase the budget for affordable housing by £90 million in 2016-17. For the benefits of this increased investment to be fully realised, this will need to be matched with action to address issues around land supply, infrastructure and construction skills.

16/12/2015

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Pay to stay to be voluntary for housing associations - CIH comment 

Giving evidence to the Communities and Local Government select committee today, housing minister Brandon Lewis told the committee that the government’s proposed ‘pay to stay’ policy – which will see social housing tenants in England with a household income of £30,000 or more (£40,000 in London) paying higher rents – will be voluntary for housing associations.

15/12/2015

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CIH Scotland urges more action to tackle fuel poverty 

Key findings from the 2014 Scottish House Condition Survey have been published including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, carbon emissions, Scottish Housing Quality Standard and disrepair.

15/12/2015

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CIH Scotland hosts Westminster housing reception 

Scottish parliamentarians from the House of Commons and House of Lords joined representatives from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland for a special Scottish housing reception at the Palace of Westminster this week.

10/12/2015

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CIH comment on right to buy sales figures July to September 2015 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 2,941 homes were sold by councils through the right to buy scheme in England in July to September 2015, while only 423 were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

10/12/2015

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CIH Cymru appoints new director 

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Kevin Howell, who is currently community regeneration manager at Newydd Housing Association, will take up his new role in the first few months of 2016.

04/12/2015

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CIH comment on affordable housing supply in England 2014-15 

Commenting on figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government on the supply of affordable housing in England from April 2014 to March 2015, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “The cost of housing means that millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford – so it’s great to see a 60 per cent increase in the number of new affordable homes built during 2014-15.

02/12/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on updated housing statistics 

Quarterly housing statistics for Scotland published today provide an update on new home starts and completions for the third quarter of 2015 for the social sector and for the second quarter of 2015 for the private sector.

01/12/2015

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‘Pay to stay’ will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear 

The government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear.

30/11/2015

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Spending review could put social housing out of reach for under 35s says CIH Northern Ireland 

Commenting on today’s spending review and autumn statement Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland said: “Today’s spending review proposes to cap housing benefit for new social housing tenants to the rates used for the private rented sector, known as local housing allowance.

25/11/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on UK spending review and autumn statement 

Commenting on the UK spending review announcement made today by chancellor George Osborne, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “Despite being devolved, Scottish housing policy will be heavily impacted by changes to welfare policy included in today’s spending review announcement.

25/11/2015

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CIH comment on the spending review and autumn statement 

Responding to the spending review and autumn statement, announced today by chancellor George Osborne, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “It’s good to see the chancellor putting house building at the heart of his plans with a significant investment in much-needed new homes.

25/11/2015

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House-building in England up but still a long way to go 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 34,940 homes were completed in England during July to September, down two per cent compared to the previous three months but up 15 per cent on the same quarter last year.

19/11/2015

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CIH comment on Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2014-15 

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2014-15 released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said: “The statistics continue to show a deepening divide in the housing market. On one hand the number of house sales is increasing year-on-year and on the other there are growing levels of homelessness. While there were 20,900 properties sold in 2014, the number of households who were owed a full duty for help stood at 11,016 - up 14 per cent.”

17/11/2015

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Minister’s review of private rented housing welcomed by CIH Northern Ireland 

The Department for Social Development’s review into the role and regulation of the private rented sector released yesterday was described as “a turning point” by the Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, Nicola McCrudden.

13/11/2015

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CIH Scotland comment on latest Scottish private rental statistics 

Commenting on the latest private sector rent statistics for Scotland, published today by the Scottish Government, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “These statistics serve to highlight the wide variation in rents across Scotland.

10/11/2015

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CIH comment: ONS reclassifies housing associations in England as public sector 

Responding to the announcement from the Office for National Statistics that private registered providers of social housing (including registered housing associations) in England will be reclassified as public non-financial corporations, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “This decision means that government finances will now have to be adjusted to incorporate the finances of 1,300 different, often charitable organisations. This could have significant implications both for the sector and for the government itself.

30/10/2015

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Make the most of green shoots of recovery to tackle housing shortage says CIH NI 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland, said: “In total, 1,828 new homes were started during April to June – the highest level of new starts since mid 2011. This is excellent news. Housing associations have performed particularly well – they have more than doubled the number of social homes started since the same quarter in 2014, driving up the overall number of new starts while the private sector continues its gradual recovery.

27/10/2015

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Help London councils get more affordable homes for rent built says CIH London 

London councils should be allowed to require developers to build affordable homes for rent as well as the government’s new ‘starter homes’, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in London.

26/10/2015

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One fifth rent privately for first time in a generation 

Commenting on the latest Family Resources Survey released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said "The statistics show one in five households (21 per cent) renting privately for the first time in recent history.

22/10/2015

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Fifth of households in privately rented homes 

Commenting on the Family Resources Survey released today, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland said "The statistics show one in five households (21 per cent) renting privately for the first time in recent history.

22/10/2015

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CIH and ICSH help housing professionals to get Ireland building 

Speaking after the presentation to learners who have completed the CIH certificate for the housing profession (equivalent to Level 6 on the Irish framework), CIH director for the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden said: “Education and training plays a vital role in building more homes.

21/10/2015

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CIH and Housing Agency call for fewer empty homes 

The number of people on housing waiting lists means it is vital that local authorities and approved housing bodies do everything they can to make sure that homes are not lying empty, according to a new guide.

16/10/2015

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CIH Scotland comment on Nicola Sturgeon speech – SNP pledges to build 50,000 affordable homes if re-elected 

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at the SNP conference in Aberdeen today, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “We welcome Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to build at least 50,000 new affordable homes in the next parliament if the SNP are re-elected.

15/10/2015

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7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn’t closed 

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations if no extra funding is provided, according to new analysis.

15/10/2015

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CIH responds to the Housing and Planning Bill 

Commenting on the Housing Bill, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “The government’s focus on getting new homes built is very welcome. In England we are currently building fewer than half the homes we need to keep up with our growing population, and the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

13/10/2015

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CIH comment on 'pay to stay' consultation for social housing tenants 

Commenting on the government’s consultation on the ‘pay to stay’ scheme for social housing tenants, announced today, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “It’s important that the government is looking at how ‘pay to stay’ will work in practice – we’re concerned that it could prove to be quite complex and expensive for social landlords to administer.

09/10/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill 

Commenting on the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill, published today by the Scottish Government, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “The private rented sector has expanded rapidly in recent years and now provides a home for 14 per cent of all households in Scotland, including a growing number of families with children.

08/10/2015

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CIH comment on starter homes and right to buy announcement 

Responding to David Cameron's speech at the Conservative party conference today, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We know that millions of young people desperate to take their first step on the housing ladder are unable to do so because of the cost of buying a home, so it’s positive that the government is looking at ways to help first-time buyers through starter homes. But what about people on lower incomes who can’t afford to buy, even with a 20 per cent discount?

07/10/2015

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New research: Scotland needs 12,000 new affordable homes a year 

The level of need for affordable housing in Scotland is double what is currently being delivered, according to a new report published today by three of Scotland’s leading housing organisations. The report says tackling Scotland’s housing crisis requires at least 12,000 affordable homes to be built each year for the next five years.

05/10/2015

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Report calls for commitment to help 2.3m households in fuel poverty 

A national report, making recommendations as to how government can drive its long-term commitment to helping 2.3 million households out of fuel poverty, has been launched today.

30/09/2015

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CIH chief executive appointed to Redfern review of home ownership 

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat has been appointed to an independent review into home ownership which has been set up by the Labour party.

29/09/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on latest homelessness statistics 

Commenting on the latest quarterly homelessness statistics for Scotland, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “Welfare reform and the benefit cap in particular are reducing the amounts available to benefit claimants to cover rent making it increasingly difficult for people to find a suitable, affordable home in the private rented sector.

29/09/2015

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Immigration Bill eviction measures should not be extended to Scotland 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK Government’s 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector.

25/09/2015

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CIH comment on potential right to buy deal 

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “The voluntary arrangement that the National Housing Federation is asking its members to approve recognises that housing associations are independent – and in many cases charities – and helps avoid the risk of the sector being reclassified.

24/09/2015

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CIH comment on latest homelessness figures for England 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 13,850 households were accepted as homeless between 1 April and 30 June 2015 in England, up five per cent compared with the same quarter in 2014.

24/09/2015

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CIH sets up housing academy to combat potential skills shortage 

Housing could face a skills shortage unless the industry redoubles its efforts to attract young talent according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). The housing workforce is currently more qualified than average – but it is also older, raising the risk that skills will be lost as people retire.

23/09/2015

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CIH comment on quarterly right to buy sales 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 2,779 homes were sold by councils through the right to buy scheme in England in April to June 2015, while only 307 were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

17/09/2015

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Housing is infrastructure says CIH Cymru 

Homes should be seen as national infrastructure according to the findings of CIH Cymru’s annual Welsh Housing Review, published today.

17/09/2015

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Use spending review to help people on lower incomes secure affordable homes 

The government’s flagship help to buy scheme should be switched to shared ownership homes to help people on lower incomes get a foot on the property ladder. The recommendation is part of a package of measures put forward by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) ahead of the forthcoming spending review.

10/09/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on updated housing statistics 

Quarterly housing statistics for Scotland have been published today providing an update on new home starts and completions for the second quarter of 2015 for the social sector and for the first quarter of 2015 for the private sector.

08/09/2015

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CIH Scotland responds to the Scottish Government's programme for government 2015/16 

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s programme for government 2015/16, Ashley Campbell, policy and practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: "The Scottish Government’s legislative programme for 2015/16 acknowledges the positive role that housing has to play in promoting social justice, good health and improving our environment.

01/09/2015

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Scottish Household Survey 2014 shows continued decline in home ownership 

Results of the Scottish Household Survey 2014 have been published today (26 August 2015). Released by the Scottish Government, the results include information about Scottish households broken down by housing tenure.

26/08/2015

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CIH comment on latest house building statistics and rural productivity plan 

Commenting on the house building statistics for England for April to June 2015, released today, Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We have failed to build the number of homes we need for decades – the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

20/08/2015

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CIH Northern Ireland welcomes fall in home repossessions 

The number of homes being repossessed in Northern Ireland is at its lowest level since 2007. Figures released by the Court Service today show that there were 283 mortgage repossession actions for the period April to June 2015 - a 62 per cent decrease on last year. Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said: “This is very welcome news for homeowners and the housing market generally. The combination of low interest rates, increased access to government backed mortgage debt advice and more stability in the jobs market has had a steadying effect on housing.”

14/08/2015

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CIH comment on 'right to rent' measures 

Commenting on measures announced by the government to crack down on illegal immigrants renting properties, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Checking immigration status is complicated so landlords may shy away from letting to anyone they believe isn’t British, even if they have a legal right to live in the UK – especially if they face a jail sentence for getting it wrong.

03/08/2015

Press release

New statistics reveal deepening divide in NI housing market 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said “The statistics show a deepening divide in the housing market. Although the number of house sales is increasing year-on-year, we are also seeing growing levels of homelessness with 19,621 households seeking help from the Housing Executive during 2014-15.

30/07/2015

Press release

Mutual friends: Welsh housing is up for greater role in public service transformation 

More than 60% of respondents at TAI 2015, Wales’ foremost housing conference, said that they thought housing organisations should enthusiastically embrace the opportunities presented by Welsh government’s public service transformation agenda.

23/07/2015

Press release

New local government plans published  

Two maps outlining proposals to cut the number of Welsh local authorities from 22 to eight or nine have today been published.

17/06/2015

Press release

CIH Cymru calls for more investment in social housing 

Following the release of statistics today that show an encouraging increase in new house building in Wales, CIH Cymru is calling on Welsh Government to continue its support for developing social and affordable housing.

10/06/2015

Press release

CIH NI welcomes investment to improve rural broadband access 

Commenting on Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement of a £1 million investment to help improve rural access to broadband, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said: “Housing problems can be greater for rural communities particularly in isolated areas where people have difficulties accessing services that most take for granted. This investment should help more people get information online including advice, support and government services, which could help to resolve housing problems.

04/06/2015

Press release

 

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