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CIH Scotland comments on latest biannual homelessness statistics 

CIH Scotland has commented on the publication of new homelessness and housing options statistics for Scotland, released today (27 June 2017) by the Scottish Government.


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CIH Scotland welcomes rise in new affordable housing approvals 

CIH Scotland has commented on the latest quarterly housing statistics for Scotland, published today (13 June 2017) by Scotland's Chief Statistician.


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CIH Scotland Excellence Awards 2017 now open for nominations 

CIH Scotland wants you to tell us about the remarkable people you work with and celebrate the success of projects you've been working on.


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CIH Scotland urges new UK Parliament to work cross party to address implementation issues with welfare reform 

CIH Scotland executive director Annie Mauger has commented on the outcome of yesterday's General Election.


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CIH responds to General Election result 

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "We hope our politicians can form an effective new government as quickly as possible – we need action now to solve the housing crisis and prolonged uncertainty will undermine that goal.


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Letter to the Editor: Westminster actions still have an impact on Scottish housing  

With the General Election just a few days away, CIH Scotland executive director Annie Mauger reminds voters not to forget about issues affecting Scottish housing when they head to the ballot box this week.


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Congratulations on being first! 

CIH Scotland congratulates the first letting agents to complete the LETWELL programme and the associated CIH level 3 certificate in letting and managing residential property.


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“21,000 Scots could face up to £22.6m rent gap from planned under 35s LHA cap” – new report 

An estimated 21,000 social tenants across Scotland aged under 35 could potentially be adversely affected by UK Government plans to cap housing benefit for social housing tenants from April 2019, collectively facing a rent affordability gap of up to £22.6 million annually. This is a key conclusion of an interim report on the impact of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap on young people in Scotland, commissioned by the Scottish Government in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and submitted this week to the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee. A final report exploring the potential to mitigate against the impact of LHA restrictions is due to be completed this summer.


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CIH responds to Liberal Democrat manifesto 

Commenting on the publication of the Liberal Democrat party’s General Election manifesto, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "We need a swift and significant increase in the number of new homes being built to get to grips with our national housing crisis, so it’s encouraging to see the Liberal Democrats setting an ambitious target for house building and proposing to directly commission new homes. Historically we have only built anywhere near the number of homes we need when the public sector has been directly involved in building.


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CIH responds to Labour manifesto 

Commenting on the publication of the Labour party’s General Election manifesto, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "We know we need to build around 250,000 homes a year in England to get to grips with our national housing crisis, so it’s encouraging to see Labour setting an ambitious target for house building.


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CIH campaign to help members ensure local council candidates have a handle on housing 

CIH Scotland are urging members to take the opportunity to challenge campaigning local council election candidates on their housing priorities over the next few weeks to ensure they have a handle on housing issues specific to their area.


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Getting planning system right 'crucial' to meeting 50,000 affordable homes target 

Successful reform of Scotland’s planning system will be crucial if the Scottish Government’s target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by the end of the current Scottish Parliament is to be met.


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2017 Scottish Housing Day aims to help public make informed choices 

This year’s official Scottish Housing Day will take place on Thursday the 21st September, it has been announced.


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Housing 'has critical role' in addressing dementia as new Scottish cases forecast to reach almost 20,000 by 2020 

The housing sector has a critical role to play in meeting the needs of people living with dementia as the number of individuals diagnosed with the condition annually is predicted to rise to 19,473 by 2020.


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New research shows high tenant satisfaction with mid-market rent 

New research commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with Wheatley Group has found high levels of satisfaction among tenants living in mid-market rent properties in Scotland.


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Housing Minister launches scrutiny guide for social tenants and landlords 

A best practice guide to embedding tenant scrutiny in social housing has been officially launched today (Tuesday 14th March) by Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart.


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CIH Scotland appoints three new board members 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIH Scotland) has today (Tuesday 14th March) confirmed the appointment of three new board members as their annual housing festival gets underway at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.


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Housing body adds voice to growing concerns over Universal Credit roll-out impact and costs 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIH Scotland) has added its voice to growing concerns about the negative social impact and spiralling costs of implementing Universal Credit.


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Time for radical thinking on the future of social security in Scotland? 

CIH Scotland executive director Annie Mauger writes for the Herald on the future of social security in Scotland.


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CIH Scotland welcomes new Scottish Government guidance on registration of letting agents 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has welcomed the publication today (27 February 2017) of new guidance from the Scottish Government on the registration of letting agents


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CIH Scotland comments on social tenants in Scotland statistics 

New statistics on social tenants in Scotland (2015) have been released today (14 February 2017) by the Scottish Government.


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CIH Scotland comments on new Scottish household projections 

Newly published 2014-based figures projecting the number and type of households there will be in Scotland by 2039 were published today (31st January) by the National Records of Scotland.


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CIH Scotland comments on new Scottish homelessness statistics 

CIH Scotland has commented on new figures on homelessness in Scotland, published today (17 January 2017) by the Scottish Government.


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CIH Scotland comments on draft Scottish Budget 

CIH Scotland has commented on the draft Scottish Budget for 2017-18, presented today (15th December) to the Scottish Parliament by Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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New build figures welcome but case for greater investment remains, says CIH Scotland 

Commenting on the latest Scottish Government figures on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, CIH Scotland Director Alan Ferguson said:


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CIH Scotland Welcomes Regulator’s Housing Options Report 

The Scottish Housing Regulator’s long awaited report on the housing options approach is an important contribution to building a picture of the challenges facing councils and their partners in implementing Scotland’s pioneering homelessness legislation, according to CIH Scotland.


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JRF report shows increased housing supply is crucial, says CIH Scotland 

The huge increase in the number of people in poverty in the private rented sector reinforces the importance of maximising the supply of new social sector housing, says CIH Scotland.


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CIH Scotland welcomes decision on lifting DHP cap 

CIH Scotland has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to devolve to the Scottish Government a power to raise the existing limit on Discretionary Housing Payment expenditure.


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CIH Scotland disappointed by decision on Housing Bill age issue 

CIH Scotland says it is extremely disappointed by the Housing Minister's decision to drop Section 5 of the Housing Bill, which would have lifted the prohibition on taking age into account in allocations.


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Housing Bill: Ministers should stand firm on the age issue 

Today’s Stage One debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill is a pre-cursor to the detailed examination of the provisions at its (Committee) Stage Two next month.


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Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment, says CIH Scotland 

Whilst the Scottish Government has gone a long way to cover the cost of the bedroom tax in 2014/15, it has not given tenants and landlords clear advice about whether or not the liability should be paid, according to CIH Scotland.


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Social landlords will embrace new energy standard, says CIH Scotland 

Scotland’s councils and housing associations will take on the challenge of meeting new energy efficiency standards because the sector believes in high standards, according to CIH Scotland.


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Catch up still needed in Affordable Housing Supply Programme, says CIH Scotland 

The latest housing supply figures from the Scottish Government appear to show a worrying rate of approvals and starts in the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, according to CIH Scotland.


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New build barriers persist, says CIH Scotland 

Last year’s grant rates rise has enhanced development capacity in the Scottish housing sector, but many providers are still struggling to make new build stack up, according to a CIH Scotland survey of senior staff.


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Alex Neil to address April conference on Housing and Dementia 

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, is to address CIH Scotland’s conference on Housing and Dementia on 29 April in Edinburgh.


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Room for manoeuvre on timing of right to buy abolition, says CIH Scotland 

Tenants should not need as much as three years’ notice of the abolition of the right to buy, CIH Scotland is arguing.


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Housing (Scotland) Bill – New Briefing from CIH Scotland 

A free briefing on the Housing (Scotland) Bill has been produced by CIH Scotland. The Bill was published in late November and starts its Parliamentary stages in January 2014.


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Seeing the positive side of the private rented sector 

A new publication highlighting good practice in the private rented sector has been produced by CIH Scotland


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YES or NO – case must be made for housing investment, says CIH Scotland  

The case for housing investment will always have to be argued whatever the outcome of the Referendum, according to CIH Scotland. And there is unlikely to be absolute certainty about which Referendum outcome would be best for housing investment, CIH added.


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Housing Bill and abolition of right to buy welcomed by CIH Scotland 

The commitment to abolishing the right to buy in Scotland has once again been welcomed by CIH Scotland. Commenting on the publication of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, Alan Ferguson, CIH Scotland Director, said:


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Petition on bedroom tax evictions has already caused damage, says CIH Scotland 

The Govan Law Centre petition and Private Member’s Bill seeking to outlaw bedroom tax evictions have already contributed to a belief among some tenants that paying their rent is optional, according to CIH Scotland.


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Regulator's arrears survey throws up thorny issues, says CIH Scotland 

The Scottish Housing Regulator’s survey on the early impact of welfare reform on rent arrears is very welcome but throws up some issues of concern, according to CIH Scotland.


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Stepping up to Scrutiny Programme launched at Glasgow and Perth events 

Tenants and staff from organisations taking part in the Scottish Government’s national Stepping Up to Scrutiny training and learning programme have been talking about how invaluable the programme has been, at events to launch the programme last week in Glasgow and Perth.


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Outlawing bedroom tax evictions will send the wrong messages, says CIH Scotland 

The proposed Bill to outlaw bedroom tax evictions is well intended but will send all the wrong messages to tenants, according to CIH Scotland.


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Budget plans are very good news for affordable housing, says CIH Scotland 

The Scottish Government’s provisional announcement of a £390m budget for affordable housing supply in 2015/16 has been warmly welcomed by CIH Scotland.


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Stepping up to Scrutiny programme launches 

Three Scottish social landlords who have already started the Scottish Government’s national scrutiny training and learning programme will describe their experience to date when the programme is officially launched with two free events in Glasgow and Perth in October.


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Mixed reaction from CIH Scotland on housing tribunal announcement 

The Scottish Government’s announcement that a new housing tribunal system is to be introduced is very welcome, but there is disappointment that it is to apply only to the private rented sector, according to CIH Scotland.


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Housing budget must be right first time, says CIH Scotland 

Whilst the numerous additions to the current three-year housing budget have been very welcome, the Scottish Government must get the housing budget for 2015/16 right first time, according to CIH Scotland.


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Time for a more ambitious target on affordable homes, says CIH Scotland 

After the Scottish Government’s highly positive move on raising new build grant rates for social landlords, the time is now right for Ministers to adopt a more ambitious affordable housing supply target from 2015/16 onwards, according to CIH Scotland.


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Revised Charter Toolkit for social landlords published 

Landlords busy gathering data ahead of the first report of their performance against Scottish Social Housing Charter outcomes, due in 2014, now have the additional support of the revised ‘Charter Toolkit’ to help them as they evidence compliance.


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Housing with Care for Older People – new CIH Scotland Report 

There can be few greater examples of partnership working than the provision of housing with care for older people, says a new CIH Scotland report. Produced by Newhaven Research and funded by the Scottish Government’s Joint Improvement Team, the report showcases a number of social sector ‘housing with care’ models aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people in Scotland. It seeks to offer insights into some of the issues, challenges and risks surrounding the development and management of housing with care.


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New welfare reform guidance on rent payment and collection  

CIH Scotland has published practical guidance for Scottish social landlords on rent payment and collection under Universal Credit. The main focus is on emerging options to support tenants to pay rent direct to their landlord.


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Grant rate rise welcomed by CIH Scotland 

The Scottish Government’s decision to increase grant rates for new social housing and to add a further £44 million to the 2012-2015 supply programme has been warmly welcomed by CIH Scotland.


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Dementia-friendly housing design guide now available 

Easy-to-use new guidance will enable more people to live at home for longer


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Right to buy abolition is the right move, says CIH Scotland  

CIH Scotland has warmly welcomed the Deputy First Minister’s announcement that abolition of the right to buy is to be included in the forthcoming Housing Bill.


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First organisations to start 'Stepping up to Scrutiny' programme announced 

CIH Scotland today announced the ‘early adopters’ organisations which will be the first to undertake the ‘Stepping up to Scrutiny’ training and learning programme, delivered by CIH Scotland in partnership with HouseMark Scotland.


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Bedroom tax is a cut not a reform, CIH Scotland tells UK Parliament 

The bedroom tax should not be thought of as a ‘welfare reform’ but simply as a cost-saving measure, CIH Scotland will tell the UK Parliament today. CIH Scotland is at Westminster to give evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Bedroom Tax.


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Tenancy reforms welcome but MSPs left out on initial tenancies, says CIH Scotland 

The long-expected tenancy and allocations changes announced by the Scottish Government have been welcomed by CIH Scotland, but with concern expressed that Parliament will not be given the opportunity to consider the introduction of initial tenancies.


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CIH Scotland comments on latest Scottish Government housing supply figures  

Read CIH Scotland's response to the latest Scottish housing figures.


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Housing support duty will enhance existing good practice  

CIH Scotland has added its voice to those bodies welcoming the new duty to provide support to those homeless households who need it.


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Private rented strategy welcome but effective regulation some way off, says CIH Scotland 

The publication of the Scottish Government’s first private rented housing strategy is a major step, but there is a long way to go before Scotland can say the sector is adequately regulated, says CIH Scotland.


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Bedroom Tax – Can Reclassifying Property Size Help? 

Some social landlords may have scope to reclassify the size of particular properties to help avoid the bedroom tax, but it is unlikely to be the answer in more than a small minority of cases, CIH Scotland has said.


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Housing and dementia survey points the way ahead 

The results of the first housing and dementia survey carried out in Scotland have today been published by CIH Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Joint Improvement Team (JIT).


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Referendum may be derailing right to buy reform, say housing bodies 

Reform of the right to buy in Scotland could be derailed by the independence referendum, according to two leading national housing bodies.


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Housing Panel is the right way forward, says CIH Scotland 

As an alternative to the current system of court actions in housing cases, a new Housing Panel can provide fair and equitable access to justice for all parties, according to CIH Scotland. It says there is wide recognition that the current system is highly inefficient, being expensive and time-consuming for landlords and intimidating for tenants.


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Work harder to demonstrate economic value, CIH chief executive tells conference 

Housing organisations must work harder to demonstrate how much they contribute to the economy, according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long.


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Questions remain over long term supply capacity, says CIH Scotland 

Whilst completions of new homes in the next two years are likely to meet targets, big questions remain over how many homes will be completed after the end of the current three year programme in March 2015, CIH Scotland has warned.


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Regeneration celebrated in new publication 

A range of successful regeneration initiatives is showcased in a new publication being launched by CIH Scotland at its Annual Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow today.


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UK Government ‘in a mess’ over bedroom tax, says CIH Scotland  

The mixed messages coming from the UK Government on whether bedroom tax will penalise families with disabled children are unhelpful and confusing, according to CIH Scotland.


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New supply figures show scale of challenge for new social housing, says CIH Scotland 

In the first three quarters of 2012/13, less than half the number of social sector homes were started in Scotland, compared with the same period in 2009/10 and 2010/11, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Wednesday. CIH Scotland says this shows the scale of the challenge facing councils, housing associations and the Scottish Government in getting the current Affordable Housing Supply Programme moving.


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Housing chiefs sceptical about independence 

Only one in eight Scottish housing leaders think housing will get a better deal under independence or greater fiscal powers, according to a CIH Scotland survey.


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Double whammy for regeneration prospects 

Prospects for housing-based regeneration face the double whammy of lower grant rates and the general economic downturn, according to CIH Scotland.


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Further housing money provides flexibility for the future, says CIH Scotland 

The further new money for housing announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney in Parliament on Wednesday has been warmly welcomed by CIH Scotland.


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Time to be radical on housing disputes, says CIH Scotland 

Only the creation of a specialist housing tribunal will address the shortcomings of the current system for settling housing disputes and legal actions, according to CIH Scotland.


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Christmas bonus for affordable housing welcomed by CIH Scotland 

The Scottish Government announcement yesterday of additional funding for capital projects that has been made available to Scotland will provide a welcome additional boost to affordable housing, says CIH Scotland. As part of a £205 million package of construction and maintenance projects announced on Tuesday, £50m was awarded for affordable housing over the three year period to 2014/15.


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Councils to take big hit on temporary accommodation, says CIH Scotland 

Only now are some local authorities coming to terms with the impact the initial Housing Benefit changes will have on temporary homelessness accommodation from next April, according to CIH Scotland. Temporary accommodation owned and managed directly by councils will be affected by both the bedroom tax and the weekly household benefit cap. But CIH Scotland says that in recent weeks there has been considerable confusion about the position, owing mainly to a DWP circular which appeared to refer only to temporary accommodation leased from other landlords.


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Time is right for housing tribunals, says CIH Scotland 

The case for specialist housing tribunals as an alternative to the court system is stronger than ever, according to CIH Scotland.


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400,000 low income working families will be worse off with Universal Credit 

The findings of a CIH report estimate that 400,000 working families will have less income with Universal Credit in 2015 than they did in 2010, demonstrating that the government's aim for households to be better off in work than out of work under Universal Credit is not the case for all families.


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Getting the design of Universal Credit right now is critical to its success 

Responding to the DWP select committee report, 'Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants', CIH urges government to take note of the findings in the report, which concluded that many of the principles underpinning Universal Credit are positive, but getting the implementation of the system is critical in order not to disadvantage low income households.


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Mid-term report highlights government’s lack of progress on housing  

Half way through the parliamentary term the coalition government is failing to fix Britain’s broken housing market, leading housing groups warn today.


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Revised tenancy fraud figures more accurate 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is pleased to see the Audit Commission’s revised tenancy fraud figures, which now reflect a more accurate picture of the problem in our sector.


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Bedroom Tax Guidance from CIH Scotland 

Practical preparations for the bedroom tax and the reforms that follow it are the focus of new guidance published today by CIH Scotland. Undertaken with financial support from the Scottish Government, the free guidance is aimed at supporting landlords in the crucial preparations needed to assess and then try to limit the impact of the reforms on tenants and landlords.


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Building Successful Communities - The Excellence in Regeneration Award 2013 

Submit a nomination by 12 December and make sure your regeneration project gets a chance to claim the wider recognition it deserves!


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