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Welsh housing welcomes challenge to improve leadership diversity

Four leading Welsh housing organisations have joined forces with Minister Lesley Griffiths to welcome a national challenge to improve diversity in leadership.

29/06/2015

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CIH President to focus on attracting new talent into housing

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) President Geraldine Howley has pledged to focus on attracting new talent into housing during her year in office. Geraldine, who started her career as a temporary receptionist, is now chief executive at Bradford-based housing group Incommunities.

25/06/2015

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CIH comment on latest right to buy sales figures

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 12,304 homes were sold by councils under right to buy in England in 2014/15, while only 1,903 homes were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

25/06/2015

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Housing organisations take on diversity challenge

Housing organisations are signing up to improve the diversity of their leadership. The Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity is making a series of challenges to the sector in its final report, which is being launched tomorrow (Thursday 25 June) at Housing 2015, CIH’s annual conference in Manchester.

24/06/2015

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Housing policy must be based on evidence and experience says new CIH chief executive

New Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat has called on the government to make sure that housing policy is based on the evidence of its impact on the ground.

23/06/2015

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Value for money in Scottish social housing should consider future tenants according to new report

Social landlords in Scotland should consider future tenants when analysing the value for money of what they do according to a new report.

23/06/2015

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Reduced benefit cap would make many areas off-limits for larger families

Many parts of England will become off-limits for larger families on benefits when the overall benefit cap is lowered, according to analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

22/06/2015

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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

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Housing chiefs complete charity swim challenge

CIH President Geraldine Howley took the plunge in Lake Windermere over the weekend to raise money for charity. Geraldine, who is chief executive of Bradford-based Incommunities Group, took part in the Great North Swim with CIH director of membership and education Judy Waugh and colleagues Adrienne Reid and Greg Robinson.

16/06/2015

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Universal credit waiting period could cause serious problems says CIH

Responding to the government’s decision to go ahead with proposals to introduce a seven-day waiting period before claimants are eligible for universal credit, Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The changes mean that if you lose your job you will have to wait five to six weeks before you receive any money, which could cause serious problems for some people because most universal credit claimants have no savings to fall back on.

11/06/2015

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CIH expanding support for housing professionals in the Republic of Ireland

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is expanding its services in the Republic of Ireland. The organisation has appointed Tricia O’Keefe as professional development co-ordinator.

11/06/2015

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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

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Housing chiefs in charity swim challenge

CIH President and Incommunities Group chief executive Geraldine Howley is taking the plunge into Lake Windermere this Saturday (13 June) in support of a national youth charity.

10/06/2015

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Former CIH President raises more than £40,000 for foodbank charity

Former Chartered Institute of Housing President Steve Stride has raised more than £40,000 for charity. Steve, who is chief executive at east London housing association Poplar HARCA, has spearheaded a range of fundraising events, activities and challenges to raise £40,967 for the Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks and campaigns for an end to food poverty across the UK.

10/06/2015

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Build more affordable homes, boost standards for private renters and help councils tackle rogue landlords

The chancellor should use next month’s emergency budget to build more affordable homes, improve standards for private renters and give councils more resources to tackle rogue landlords according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

09/06/2015

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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

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New partnership to develop housing leaders of the future

A new partnership has been signed to develop the housing leaders of the future. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and The Centre for Partnership – part of Bradford-based housing group Incommunities - are teaming up to expand and develop the Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme, which provides training and paid internships for graduates.

02/06/2015

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CIH responds to the Queen's Speech

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has responded to the Queen’s Speech, which included plans for legislation to extend the right to buy to housing associations, freeze working age benefits for two years, lower the benefit cap and remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

27/05/2015

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CIH Scotland comment on the Queen's Speech

Commenting on the inclusion of the Scotland Bill in today’s Queen’s Speech, Ashley Campbell, policy and practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: “We welcome the prospect of extra flexibility to allow the benefit system to be tailored to local needs and to underpin wider political ambitions to increase equality and reduce poverty in Scotland.

27/05/2015

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New president confirmed for Chartered Institute of Housing

Geraldine Howley has been appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) following the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

22/05/2015

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CIH comment on latest house-building figures

Commenting on the house-building figures for England for January to March 2015, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: "It’s encouraging to see an increase in the number of houses started and completed during January to March compared with the same period last year.

21/05/2015

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Northern Ireland housing market is recovering but supply is a major problem, says CIH NI

Commenting on the recently released Office for National Statistics House Price Index for March 2015, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said: “The modest but significant rise in house prices is further indication of the green shoots of recovery in the local housing market. This is good news for a lot of homeowners, particularly those in negative equity who want to move but can’t because they are locked into their current mortgage.

20/05/2015

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CIH NI calls for private landlord licensing

Licensing for private landlords and letting agents through accreditation is the way forward for Northern Ireland according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). A recent poll shows the majority of CIH members in Northern Ireland are in favour of the move.

15/05/2015

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CIH calls for a housing system for everyone

Ahead of the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI) annual conference taking place in Belfast today, director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden said CIH’s vision is for a “housing system that works for everyone”.

13/05/2015

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CIH Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants.

12/05/2015

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Welsh housing manifesto launched today

Twenty Welsh housing organisations have joined together under the Homes for All Cymru banner to launch their manifesto, ahead of the National Assembly for Wales 2016 election.

28/04/2015

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Minister to address housing profession as ground-breaking Welsh homelessness legislation begins

This week Wales will become the first part of the UK to have a statutory duty to provide a homelessness prevention service to its citizens. On Thursday Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, will address TAI, Wales’ biggest housing conference.

27/04/2015

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Majority of public would back next government borrowing to build more affordable homes

More than half of the English public would support the next government borrowing money to build more affordable homes, according to a new poll.

23/04/2015

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CIH NI calls for right to buy review in Northern Ireland

Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said “Right-to-buy – known locally as the house sales scheme already applies to housing associations in Northern Ireland. It should be reviewed here with an aim to protect existing housing stock – it could cause a drop of 3,250 Housing Executive homes over the next ten years.

14/04/2015

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CIH response to Conservative manifesto pledge to extend right to buy to housing associations

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Extending right to buy to housing associations is not going to tackle the housing crisis – in fact it could make things worse for people on lower incomes who are already struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

14/04/2015

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New government should adopt a more flexible approach to right to buy

The next government should adopt a more flexible approach to the Right to Buy (RTB) scheme say councils, as a new survey shows most authorities only expect to be able to replace half or fewer of the homes they sell under it. The survey was carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA).

04/04/2015

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Chartered Institute of Housing members vote for new Vice President

Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have elected Julie Fadden as the organisation’s new Vice President. Julie, who is chief executive of The SLH Group in Liverpool, was up against Stephen Cook, chief executive of Valleys to Coast Housing in Bridgend, Wales.

02/04/2015

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CIH responds to 2015 Budget announcement

The introduction of help to buy ISAs was the major housing news in George Osborne’s final Budget announcement before the election. CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart’s gives his initial take on the initiative.

18/03/2015

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Welsh Housing Contingent to fly the flag in Westminster

A fifty strong Welsh contingent is travelling to London today to discuss with Welsh MPs how the decisions they make in Westminster are impacting the housing sector in Wales.

17/03/2015

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Housing crisis can be solved – but only with right political will and leadership

Housing can help tackle inequality and drive economic growth – but only with the right political will and leadership, according to the interim chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

12/03/2015

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Politicians must recognise central role of housing in society says CIH Scotland Board Chair

Politicians must recognise the central role housing plays in society according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland Board Chair Keith Anderson. Speaking at CIH Scotland’s Annual Conference and Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow today (Tuesday 10 March), Mr Anderson challenged politicians, housing professionals and the business community to work more closely together to create a housing system that works for everyone.

10/03/2015

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Young people and people on lower incomes paying the price for our broken housing market

Young people and people on lower incomes are paying the price for the UK’s broken housing market according to a new report.

09/03/2015

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CIH comment on proposal to expand starter homes scheme

Commenting on David Cameron's speech on housing today, which included a pledge to build 200,000 discounted 'starter homes' for first-time buyers, Gavin Smart, interim chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We’re currently building less than half the number of new homes we need – the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are being priced out of a decent home.

02/03/2015

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Housing professionals celebrated at annual awards

Housing professionals and organisations have been recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to our communities.

28/02/2015

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Latest statistics reveal two sides of housing market says CIH NI

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for July-September 2014, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said “The statistics show there are two very different sides to our housing market. On the one hand we are seeing sustained growth in the number of house sales, but at the same time we are witnessing a substantial increase in homelessness.

25/02/2015

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English Housing Survey a stark demonstration of our national housing crisis

Commenting on the English Housing Survey headline report 2013-14, published today, Gavin Smart, interim chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The English Housing Survey is a stark demonstration of our national housing crisis. It’s clear that the cost of housing is affecting people all over the country – in particular younger generations and people living in London.

25/02/2015

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Exempt rural communities from right to buy and crack down on fraud says CIH

Exempting rural communities from right to buy and cracking down on fraud could help stop vital social housing being lost according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

24/02/2015

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We need a huge increase in momentum - CIH comment on new house-building figures

Commenting on the house-building figures for England for October to December 2014, released today, Gavin Smart, interim chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “While it’s encouraging to see an eight per cent increase in the number of homes built last year compared to 2013, completions remain 36 per cent below their March quarter 2007 peak.

19/02/2015

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Chartered Institute of Housing Vice Presidential election announced

Two high-profile housing professionals have been chosen to contest the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Vice Presidential election.

17/02/2015

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CIH NI calls for independent housing regulator

An independent housing regulator should be established in Northern Ireland according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). A recent poll shows the majority of CIH members in Northern Ireland are in favour of the move.

12/02/2015

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Bedroom tax proposals welcomed by CIH NI

Proposals to provide full financial support for people affected by the bedroom tax have been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI).

11/02/2015

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Reports that Ulster University to axe Housing Management degree: CIH response

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden said: "We are very disappointed that the University of Ulster has decided, without consultation, to discontinue the Housing Management degree.

05/02/2015

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CIH President: Commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation

Whichever party wins the general election in May must commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation, according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) President Steve Stride.

05/02/2015

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Extra £20 million for energy efficiency welcome says CIH Scotland - but more needs to be done

Commenting on Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s announcement today that the Scottish Budget will include an extra £20 million investment in energy efficiency (providing a total budget of £114 million), David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, said: "We welcome this extra funding for energy efficiency and the recognition that a warm, safe home should not be the privilege of a few but the normal standard of healthy living across Scotland.

04/02/2015

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Overhaul shared ownership to double supply of homes

A joint report is calling on the housing sector, government and funders to unite to double the supply of shared ownership homes to 30,000 and help address the UK’s growing affordability crisis.

03/02/2015

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Three quarters of public and two thirds of MPs think there is a housing crisis in Britain

Three-quarters of the British public think there is a housing crisis in Britain, according to a new poll.

30/01/2015

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Cutting benefit cap and removing housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds a dangerous move says CIH

Commenting on David Cameron’s announcement that a Conservative government would lower the benefit cap and remove housing benefit from 18 to 21-year-olds on Jobseeker’s Allowance, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: "We have serious concerns about both of these proposals.

27/01/2015

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New source of advice for migrants on rights in the private rented sector

Migrants living or looking for a home in the private rented sector will be able to get advice on their housing rights from an expanded website. The website – www.housing-rights.info – is run by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and BMENational, the body that represents BME housing associations.

26/01/2015

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CIH puts focus on membership and professionalism in new corporate plan

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is proposing to bring back Fellowship – its highest grade of membership – after feedback from members. The proposal is included in the organisation’s corporate plan for 2015-17, which is being launched today

15/01/2015

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CIH comment on Stormont deal announcement

Nicola McCrudden Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: "We remain hopeful that local politicians will take sensible steps to avoid the impact of the bedroom tax here. It has been clear for some time that this policy is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Britain.

23/12/2014

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CIH appoints new director for Wales

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Helen Northmore, who is currently head of strategic projects development at the Energy Saving Trust, will take up her new role at the end of January.

19/12/2014

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New chief executive appointed at CIH

A new chief executive has been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Terrie Alafat, who is currently director of housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government in England, will take up her new role in mid-April.

18/12/2014

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Value for money: how do you know you’re any good?

A new project exploring the value for money agenda in a Scottish context has been launched by Wheatley Group, CIH Scotland and HouseMark Scotland.

17/12/2014

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Call for overhaul of shared ownership to double supply of homes

A national report exploring how an overhaul of shared ownership could double supply to 30,000 homes and help address the UK’s growing affordability crisis is published today.

15/12/2014

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New homelessness figures paint 'a disturbing picture of suffering'

Commenting on the homelessness figures in England for July to September 2014, released today, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “These figures continue to paint a disturbing picture of suffering for increasing numbers of vulnerable people.

11/12/2014

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CIH NI responds to Department for Social Development draft budget

Commenting on the Department for Social Development draft budget proposals for next year, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden said: “These are tough times and the department charged with the responsibility for tackling disadvantage and helping to improve lives will have to do so with £68.4m less (12.3%).

04/12/2014

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CIH responds to autumn statement 2014

Commenting on today’s autumn statement, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: "We have long been of the view that our property tax system needs reforming to make it fit for purpose. The ‘slab’ system of stamp duty was very badly designed and as a result has been distorting house prices for many years, so we welcome the reforms announced today.

03/12/2014

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CIH comment on National Infrastructure Plan 2014

Responding to the launch of the National Infrastructure Plan 2014, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “CIH has been calling on the government to recognise housing as a critically important form of infrastructure for some time so its place in today’s plan is welcome. We’ve been failing to build the number of new homes we need for decades – the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are being priced out of a decent home.

02/12/2014

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CIH comment on social housing wait proposal for EU migrants

Responding to Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for a four-year wait before EU migrants can be considered for social housing, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “The government’s own figures show that just four per cent of new social housing lettings in England in 2012-13 were to people from the European Union.

28/11/2014

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CIH Scotland comment on Smith Commission report

Commenting on the Smith Commission report on further devolution for Scotland, David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: "As we suggested in our submission to the commission, the Scottish Government will be given the power to vary or top up housing benefit, which means it will be able to give more support to people affected by the bedroom tax for example and help people out with the increasing cost of housing.

27/11/2014

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CIH welcomes plan for 35,000 social homes in Ireland over next six years

Commenting on the measures announced in today’s social housing strategy, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director in the Republic of Ireland, said: “With this strategy the Irish government is sending a clear message that housing is the biggest social issue in the country.

26/11/2014

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Scotland’s housing professionals recognised at CIH Scotland Excellence Awards

Housing organisations and professionals were recognised for the work they do to improve people’s lives and communities at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland Excellence Awards.

24/11/2014

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CIH comment on latest house-building figures in England

Commenting on today's house-building figures in England for July to September 2014, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long said: "It's encouraging to see an eight per cent increase in the number of new homes built in the year to September. We not only need to keep that momentum up, we need to accelerate it – which makes the 10 per cent fall in new homes started in July to September compared to the previous quarter particularly worrying.

20/11/2014

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Use autumn statement to support private tenants at risk of becoming homeless, says CIH

The chancellor should use next month’s autumn statement to increase support for private tenants at risk of becoming homeless, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). CIH said the government should also review the right to buy scheme and consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families.

14/11/2014

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CIH comment on new figures on net supply of housing in England

Commenting on today's figures on the net supply of housing in England in 2013-14, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “It’s encouraging to see a 10% increase in the net supply of homes and in the number of new homes built.

13/11/2014

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Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for April to June 2014, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said: “We’re concerned that there has been a 10 per cent jump in the number of homeless households presenting to the Housing Executive since early 2013. The main reason is that more people are losing rented accommodation, mostly private rented, which indicates that welfare reform changes are already biting.

12/11/2014

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Housing Executive ‘committed’ to continuous staff improvement

Speaking after the presentation to Housing Executive learners who have completed CIH certificates in housing practice and housing maintenance, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden said: “At CIH we exist to promote professional standards in housing.

05/11/2014

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More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

Giving the Scottish government extra powers could help it build more homes and improve the country’s housing system, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland.

31/10/2014

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The jury is still out on rent control in Ireland says CIH

Commenting on the recommendations of the “Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector” report commissioned by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director in the Republic of Ireland, said: “It is vital that the government does all it can to reduce unaffordable private rents, especially in Dublin. It’s also imperative that private tenants have consistent property standards.

24/10/2014

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CIH comment on the Lyons Housing Review

Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and a member of the Lyons commission, said: "This report is a detailed blueprint for action on most of the main barriers to building 200,000 homes a year.

16/10/2014

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New director to join CIH

A new director for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Annie Mauger will take on the new role of executive director of CIH’s national business units, which means she will oversee the organisation’s operations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. She will be based in Edinburgh.

16/10/2014

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CIH welcomes ambitious Irish budget for social housing

Commenting on the measures announced in today’s budget, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director in the Republic of Ireland, said: “The government has taken the first step along an ambitious path with its first post-bailout budget.

14/10/2014

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CIH Scotland comment on Scottish Budget statement

Commenting on the Scottish Budget announcement, David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, said: "The additional £125 million for affordable housing is welcome – but it simply isn’t enough to deliver the new social rented homes that Scotland desperately needs.

10/10/2014

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Mortgage limits a ‘sensible measure’ for recovering Irish housing industry

Mortgage limits are a sensible measure to increase the financial resilience of the housing industry in Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). But the organisation added that they could highlight affordability issues in Dublin where more homes are desperately needed.

07/10/2014

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CIH chief executive leaving to take up new role

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has announced that its chief executive Grainia Long is to leave the organisation to become chief executive at the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), based in Dublin.

01/10/2014

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CIH comment on Conservative proposal to freeze working age benefits

Commenting on George Osborne’s speech at the Conservative party conference today where he announced proposals to freeze working age benefits for two years, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We are extremely concerned about this proposal, as it fails to reflect the reality of the housing crisis. We are not building enough homes, which means the cost of housing and therefore the housing benefit bill is going up.

29/09/2014

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Homelessness figures confirm need for review of housing and welfare policy conflict

Commenting on the homelessness figures for England for April to June 2014, Melanie Rees, policy services manager at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “While the number of people accepted as homeless fell very slightly compared to the same quarter last year, there is a disturbing picture of suffering for increasing numbers of vulnerable people behind that headline figure.

25/09/2014

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4...3...2...1...ACT-ion

Featuring four Housing ministers, three sectors, a two-home cake and one housing system, Welsh housing gave a warm welcome to the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 this week.

24/09/2014

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CIH comment on Ed Miliband's Labour party conference speech

'Building as many homes as we need' was named as one of six priorities by Labour leader Ed Miliband in his speech at the party's annual conference today. Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: "We are currently building less than half the number of homes we need – the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are being priced out of a decent home, whether that’s to rent or buy.

23/09/2014

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CIH comment on Scottish referendum vote

Commenting on the no vote in the Scottish independence referendum, David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: “This historic vote has huge implications not just for housing and welfare policy in Scotland, but for the economic environment in which we operate.

19/09/2014

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Shift spending from benefits to building homes and tackling unemployment

Shifting spending from housing benefit to house building and tackling low pay and unemployment is the best way of lifting people out of poverty and cutting the housing benefit bill, according to a new report.

15/09/2014

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CIH comment on the government’s Housing Standards Review: Technical Consultation

Commenting on the government’s Housing Standards Review: Technical Consultation, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director of policy and practice Gavin Smart said: “We currently build the smallest homes in Europe and our ageing population means that more and more properties will need to be adapted in order to meet older people’s needs.

15/09/2014

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CIH Scotland charity golf day a huge success

This year’s CIH Scotland charity golf tournament, hosted by 2013 winners Everwarm Ltd, took place on Tuesday 9th September 2014 and was once again a huge success.

12/09/2014

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Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

The conflict between welfare and housing policy is causing increasing homelessness and should be subject to a national review, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

11/09/2014

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Viability is key for new social housing contribution in Northern Ireland

A realistic and viable rate will be essential in building social homes through planning obligations – and lessons must be learned from other parts of the UK and Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI).

10/09/2014

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Tell us your experiences of diversity in housing

Housing professionals and organisations are being invited to share their experiences to improve the diversity of housing industry leaders.

10/09/2014

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Landlords need carrot as well as stick to improve the private rented sector

Extra tax breaks should be offered to landlords who sign up for a national accreditation scheme to raise standards in the private rented sector, according to a new report.

30/08/2014

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CIH comment on house-building figures April-June 2014

Commenting on the house-building figures for England for April to June 2014, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long said: “It is encouraging to see an increase in the number of new homes started and completed in the year to June.

21/08/2014

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New head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland

A new head of policy and public affairs has been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland. David Ogilvie, who has taken up his new role today (Monday 18 August), was previously policy manager at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

18/08/2014

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Lessons learned elsewhere vital for new social housing contribution in Northern Ireland

Using planning obligations to get more affordable homes built could work well in Northern Ireland – but lessons must be learned from other parts of the UK and Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI).

13/08/2014

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CIH appoints interim director for Scotland

An interim director has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland. Catherine Lowe, who is interim head of learning and development at CIH Scotland, will take up her new role at the end of August when current director Alan Ferguson steps down.

07/08/2014

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CIH appoints new director of operations

A new director of operations has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Julie Soutter, who is head of operations at the Technology Strategy Board, the UK government’s innovation agency, will take up her new role in September.

04/08/2014

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CIH appoints new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

A new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Nicola McCrudden, who is currently policy and communications manager at Northern Ireland housing advice charity Housing Rights Service, will take up her new role in early October.

23/07/2014

Press release

'We believe the bedroom tax should be scrapped'

Commenting on the Liberal Democrat calls for changes to the bedroom tax, Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “It’s been clear for some time that the bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Great Britain.

17/07/2014

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U.S model could help housing associations build homes without government funding

Tax credits could help housing associations build homes without the need for increased government grant funding according to a new report examining their successful use in the USA.

10/07/2014

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2 July, Gateshead

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TAI 2015: Safer Communities at TAI

Tuesday 28 April 2015 Cardiff City Hall

Seminar

CIH South West- The Other Housing Event

4-5 November 2015, Palace Hotel, Torquay

Conference

CIH Annual Midlands Awards Evening 2015

22 October 2015, National Motorcycle Museum

Event

Allocations, Lettings and Homelessness Conference & Exhibition 2015

20-21 October 2015, Hinckley Island Hotel

Conference

2015 Housing Asset Management Conference

8 September 2015, Glasgow

Event

CIH Scotland Finance Conference

2 September 2015, Edinburgh

Event

Budget Briefing (Glasgow)

22 July 2015, Glasgow

Event

Budget Briefing (Edinburgh)

21 July 2015, Edinburgh

Event

NFA Annual Conference, AGM and Awards 2015

15-16 July 2015, Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Event

PRS Summit 2015

15 July 2015, Cardiff

Event

Turning up the volume, the past, present and future of modern methods of construction

9 July 2015, Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG

Event

Legal update

8 July 2015, Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ

Event

 

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