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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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Separate regulator 'will create robust backdrop for more house building' 

CIH has welcomed the government's plans to separate the regulator from the Homes and Communities Agency.

01/12/2016

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CIH Cymru welcome extra £30m to support affordable housing target 

Today, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant announced an extra £30m to support the delivery of the 20,000 affordable homes target.

01/12/2016

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Roundtable explores how regeneration could help tackle housing crisis  

MPs and leading professionals came together to explore how regeneration could be a key part of tackling the housing crisis at a CIH parliamentary roundtable.

30/11/2016

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Series of events celebrate CIH's centenary 

A series of events will take part across the country on December 8 and 9 to celebrate CIH's centenary.

28/11/2016

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Letting agents fees legislation needs to be revisited 

Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposals, announced earlier today, to end the practice of charging letting fees, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “We know that letting agent fees are simply too high for many people. Removing that barrier will make it easier for them to get access to a home.”

23/11/2016

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CIH Cymru welcomes announcement of extra £400million for Wales following autumn statement 

Following the autumn statement CIH Cymru welcomed the additional £400m as a result of infrastructure investment and reiterated their pre-election call for housing to be seen as a fundamental part of national infrastructure.

23/11/2016

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Focus on housing in Autumn Statement ‘a big step in the right direction’ 

Measures to support housing announced in the Autumn Statement represent a 'big step in the right direction', CIH has said.

23/11/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on Autumn Statement 

CIH Scotland has commented on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, presented today (23 November 2016) to the House of Commons.

23/11/2016

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Rates for private rented homes in need of reform 

Commenting on finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir’s proposed changes to rates – property taxes based on the value of homes – announced today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “We support today’s proposal that rates would apply to university halls of residence.

22/11/2016

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CIH welcomes dropping of compulsory Pay to Stay  

CIH has welcomed the government's announcement that it is dropping compulsory Pay to Stay.

22/11/2016

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Record entries into UK Housing Awards 2017 

More than 400 submissions have been made in the UK Housing Awards 2017, smashing the previous record.

22/11/2016

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'Extremely worrying' drop in affordable housing supply highlights need for action 

The government must act now to boost affordable house building, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has said, after new figures show supply has halved in the last year.

17/11/2016

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Redfern Review highlights need for homes of all kinds 

The Redfern Review, published today, highlights a need for new homes for both sale and rent, CIH has said.

16/11/2016

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CIH comments on new house building figures 

Commenting on today’s house building figures, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "An 11 per cent increase in net supply to 189,650 net additions in 2015/16 is a step in the right direction but it falls far short of the 250,000 homes required each year to meet new and existing housing need.

15/11/2016

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Winners of CIH Excellence Awards announced 

The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for excellence in housing were announced on Friday night at an awards dinner sponsored by Utilita at Double Tree by Hilton in Glasgow.

14/11/2016

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Housing market recovery continues despite EU referendum jitters 

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin April – June 2016, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: "These new figures carry some welcome signs for the housing market, but there’s still room for improvement.

08/11/2016

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New CIH research shows impact of benefit cap on children and families 

A new cap on overall benefits will have a widespread and severe impact on almost 20,000 children living in around 6,700 families across Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

01/11/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland comments on new cap on benefits 

Commenting on the CIH research into the new cap of benefits, released today, CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright said: "The Department for Communities estimates that 2,600 Northern Ireland families will be impacted by the new cap on benefits.

01/11/2016

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New benefit cap will have 'widespread and severe impact' - new research 

A new cap on overall benefits will have a widespread and severe impact on more than 116,000 families across Great Britain – the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

01/11/2016

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CIH welcomes progress of Homelessness Reduction Bill 

CIH has welcomed the progress of the Homeless Reduction Bill as it passed its second reading in parliament today.

28/10/2016

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Housing organisations 'must start planning' ahead of new apprenticeship levy 

Housing organisations must start preparing for the introduction of a new apprenticeship levy now, the Chartered Institute of Housing has said.

27/10/2016

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CIH members are 'more important than ever' says housing minister 

Mr Barwell was speaking at our House of Lords reception with Inside Housing to celebrate 100 years of CIH and professional housing.

26/10/2016

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Autumn Statement an opportunity to 'turn commitment into action' 

The Autumn Statement is a chance for the government to turn its commitment to increase housing supply and improve affordability into focused action, CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart has said as we make our submission.

10/10/2016

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New UK Housing Review site is best source of historic housing data 

In 2017 the UK Housing Review will celebrate its 25th edition. CIH has launched a new website which puts an unparalleled depth of housing data spanning decades at the touch of a button.

05/10/2016

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Government pledge welcome but new homes of all kinds key 

CIH welcomes the government's announcement that there will be a package of investment to build new houses but stresses making sure homes of all types are built will be crucial to meet demand.

03/10/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland responds to ONS decision on reclassification of housing associations 

CIH Northern Ireland is responding to news that housing associations in Northern Ireland have been reclassified as public sector bodies by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

29/09/2016

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CIH Cymru responds to ONS decision on the reclassication of housing association in Wales 

CIH Cymru is responding to news that housing associations in Wales have been reclassified as public sector bodies by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

29/09/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on housing association reclassification announcement 

CIH Scotland has commented on the announcment today by the Office for National Statistics that registered providers of social housing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be reclassified as public non-financial corporations for the purrpose of national accounts.

29/09/2016

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Health and housing must work together to improve health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland, experts say ahead of conference 

Housing and health professionals must work together to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland and reduce the strain on health service spending, leading figures have said ahead of a national conference.

29/09/2016

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Latest homelessness figures 'deeply worrying'  

The government's latest figures on homelessness highlight a 'deeply worrying' upward trend, says CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

28/09/2016

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Supported housing announcement is 'disappointing and will have huge implications' says CIH 



22/09/2016

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CIH Cymru comment on the Welsh Programme for Government 2016 – 2021  

The Welsh Government has today announced its Programme for Government (2016-2021) - Taking Wales Forward. CIH Cymru is pleased that the commitment to deliver 20,000 affordable homes for this Assembly term has been included. This target will be made up of 14,000 affordable homes for rent and 6,000 homes through the Help to Buy Scheme.

20/09/2016

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New poll shows big variations in housing preferences and awareness across Scotland 

An opinion poll commissioned to coincide with the first official Scottish Housing Day has found the Scottish public knows very little about their housing options beyond buying with a mortgage and private and social renting. The poll also found significant regional variations in the types of housing tenure people are interested in considering as a future home.

19/09/2016

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Driving shared ownership one year after ground-breaking report 

It is a year since we published a ground-breaking report on shared ownership with Orbit. As Shared Ownership Week gets underway we look at the impact and where we go next.

16/09/2016

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Long term uncertainty remains after supported housing announcement 

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says the government's long-awaited announcement on supported housing will give reassurance to some but a lack of long-term certainty will be damaging.

15/09/2016

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More homes 'central to alleviating poverty' 

As the Joseph Rowntree Foundation outlines a strategy to solve poverty by 2030 CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart says new housing will be key.

07/09/2016

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New Scottish Social Housing Charter performance reports: housing bodies react 

Housing bodies the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland (CIH Scotland) and HouseMark Scotland have commented jointly on the publication of the latest set of annual reports outlining social landlords’ performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The new reports were published today (31st August 2016) by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

31/08/2016

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Inaugural Scottish Housing Day announced at CIH Scotland office opening 

Housing bodies the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and HouseMark Scotland have formally relocated from central Edinburgh premises on Princes Street to newly refurbished offices at 160 Dundee Street in the Fountainbridge area of the west end of the city.

29/08/2016

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House building figures and research 'clearest indication government must act' 

As the government's latest house building figures show an increase in new starts but a drop in completions, CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart says the government must act in the Autumn Statement.

26/08/2016

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More affordable homes 'central' to tackling homelessness 

CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart welcomes the Communities and Local Government Committee's backing for the Homelessness Reduction Bill but says a strategy to tackle homelessness must include new homes people can afford.

18/08/2016

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CIH Northern Ireland urges government to address barriers to homebuilding 

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January – March 2016, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “The latest figures give us some very welcome signs but we cannot be complacent – we still need to build more.

09/08/2016

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New research shows need for more affordable homes 

CIH chief executive, Terrie Alafat, says new research on the decline in home ownership by the Resolution Foundation shows the government must commit to building more homes people can afford.

02/08/2016

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Brexit vote 'puts new housing targets at risk' - new CIH Scotland survey 

Housing professionals in Scotland fear the UK’s recent Brexit vote could put the Scottish Government’s affordable housing targets out of reach – according to a new survey by CIH Scotland.

26/07/2016

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Minister Givan launches new training programme for the private rented sector 

Landlords and letting agents within Northern Ireland's private rented sector (PRS) can now gain recognition for their commitment to professionalism, as CIH - together with the Department for Communities - launches a brand new scheme aimed at enhancing the PRS.

26/07/2016

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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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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 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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