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Annual report 2013 - message to members

CIH has today published its annual report for 2013 ahead of its Annual General Meeting in May - find out more about the progress we are making from chief executive Grainia Long.

23/04/2014

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Housing in Ireland: the 'disaster movie'

The UK Housing Review 2014 describes the housing market in the Republic of Ireland as a disaster movie. CIH policy adviser John Perry asks, what happens next?

23/04/2014

Type:Blog

Tackling the housing crisis in the capital

What is being done to address the spiralling cost of housing in London? Ahead of CIH's Annual London Conference, Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Property and Land at the Greater London Authority, outlines the aims of the Mayor's new housing strategy.

22/04/2014

Type:Blog

Working together to tackle the housing crisis

Missed CIH Northern Ireland’s Unblocking housing supply conference? Catch up with the headlines from policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright.

17/04/2014

Type:Blog

Market rent case study – South Cambridgeshire District Council

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe visited South Cambridgeshire District Council to find out more about its first steps in letting homes at market rent.

15/04/2014

Type:Blog

The ups and downs of housing in Northern Ireland

CIH policy adviser John Perry explores the Northern Ireland trends highlighted in the UK Housing Review 2014, including a drop in social housing investment.

14/04/2014

Type:Blog

Surviving the Sahara – part two: Ready, set, go!

CIH member Steve Smedley has set off to compete in the 156-mile Marathon des Sables to raise money for Child Poverty Action Group. Steve talks us through how he’s overcome the latest hurdles in the second of his blog series.

08/04/2014

Type:Blog

Crisis in housing featured in latest Housing Ireland journal

When I met with the Journal’s editorial panel in Dublin one sunny morning in January this year, it soon became clear it wasn’t a matter of what to write on, but what not to write on. Housing is in crisis, and the effects go wide and deep.

07/04/2014

Type:Blog

CIH scores high in housing power players list 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing has eight representatives in this year's 24 Housing Power Players Top 50 - a run down of the most influential and inspirational people in housing.

04/04/2014

Type:Blog

CIH Presidential Appeal takes action on child poverty

In 2014, one in four children will go cold and hungry due to poverty. CIH President Paul Tennant shares why he chose Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) to benefit from this year’s Presidential Appeal.

03/04/2014

Type:Blog

Letting homes at market rents is helping to increase standards

Policy and practice officer David Pipe visited Castle Vale Community Housing Association to find out more about its move into letting homes at market rent.

01/04/2014

Type:Blog

No Trident, Boots or Daily Mail: Think of what could be

Broken lights, broken lifts, urine soaked corridors and violent crime. Welcome to the “muggers’ paradise” of the Heygate Estate. In its latter years the mostly derelict estate was best known to people outside the Elephant and Castle area as a set for films including World War Z and Attack the Block. The TV shows Luther and Spooks also used it. By the end only free runners loved it. TAI 2014, Wales’ premier housing conference, learned about it from the tireless human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, in his address on equality in the age of austerity.

31/03/2014

CIH Cymru leads way on board gender balance

Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales have elected a board that is 60% female, accurately mirroring the proportion of women amongst it members.

31/03/2014

Rising Stars Cymru winner announced at TAI 2014

Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for housing and regeneration, yesterday announced the winner of CIH Cymru's search for the rising star of Welsh housing.

28/03/2014

Managing anti-social behaviour in a climate of change: top tips

Chris Grose, senior consultant in anti-social behaviour (ASB) services shares his top tips for organisations tackling ASB ahead of the latest ‘Working together…to deliver excellent ASB services’ project beginning in June 2014.

28/03/2014

Type:Blog

Getting housing on the rural agenda

Rising stars Cymru finalist: Catrin Lewis, tenant and resident involvement support officer at Monmouthshire Housing Association, reflects on what she learnt at the getting housing on the rural agenda workshop she attended during the CIH Cymru TAI 2014 conference

26/03/2014

Seeing the wood for the trees

Rising stars Cymru finalist: Kelsey Watkins, communications and tenant engagement officer at Caerphilly County Borough Council reflects on what she learnt at the Timber! Grow your own homes workshop she attended during the CIH Cymru TAI 2014 conference

26/03/2014

Good governance - it’s time to get serious

Rising stars Cymru finalist: Lisa Evans, Corporate Governance Officer at NPT Homes reflects on what she learnt at the good governance - it’s time to get serious workshop she attended during the CIH Cymru conference TAI 2014

26/03/2014

Speaker’s hub: data sharing for housing organisations

Sharing data can be a useful tool in detecting tenancy fraud, however in some cases concerns about the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) prevent organisations from making the best use of the information available to them. Lynne Shackley, lead policy officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office, debunks the myths regarding the DPA .

26/03/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker’s hub: homelessness and allocations

Paul Downie, deputy director at the Department of Communities and Local Government, shares an update on the latest government priorities for homelessness and allocations.

26/03/2014

Type:Blog

Good governance: making it personal

Governance, and in particular good governance, is a key theme at TAI 2014. Ahead of his address to the sector in Wales Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration, sets out the case for including the personal touch.

25/03/2014

Speaker's hub: repairs and maintenance

Jane Nelson, executive director at Mears, shares her views on the need to recognise and develop the repairs and maintenance workforce.

25/03/2014

Type:Blog

CIH NI says strategy is key to tackling antisocial behaviour

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s proposal for an Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Bill, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “We are concerned that the main proposal – to introduce short secure tenancies – may be used to fast track evictions instead of providing support to vulnerable individuals and households.

25/03/2014

Type:Blog

Struggling to cast your vote for CIH Vice President 2014?

To help you make your decision we asked this year's candidates to share what the housing industry and CIH mean to them

21/03/2014

Type:Blog

Planners have the tools to make homes affordable – let's use them

Planning obligations have fallen by the wayside in a bid to remove red tape. It's time they were reinstated, says CIH policy adviser John Perry.

20/03/2014

Type:Blog

New arrivals…

Gareth Jones, i2i co-ordinator sends us a fond farewell as his secondment at the project comes to a close. He reflects on his ‘full-term’ at CIH Cymru, with a teaser for the annual Can Do report ‘ Five years on’, which will be launched at the TAI 2014 conference.

20/03/2014

Type:Blog

CIH welcomes housing crisis motion before Assembly in lead up to Unblocking Housing Supply

The housing crisis will be debated before the Northern Ireland Assembly next week, and CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright looks at some of barriers to supply in the lead up to next month’s NI Unblocking Housing Supply Conference.

19/03/2014

Type:Blog

New residential development - are incentives the answer?

In this guest blog Joe Kilroy, policy officer at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), examines how the scale of national housing need has prompted a cross-party willingness to consider a range of options for high-quantity housing delivery. Joe welcomes any cross-party agreement on the need to deal with a major social need, particularly on the eve of the 2014 budget.

18/03/2014

Type:Blog

TAI 2014 is just around the corner

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru is pleased to launch the Can Do corner programme for TAI 2014. "What’s that?" you say. It’s the new satellite event floating alongside the main "Lift off!" programme (see what we did there!?).

17/03/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker’s hub: the changing landscape of anti-social behaviour

Liz Chambers, head of community safety and support with Peabody, outlines the challenges faced by organisations through the forthcoming Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

17/03/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: Building Information Modelling

Peter Quinn, business development director at Lovell, shares how Building Information Modelling (BIM) is transforming how we build homes reducing design conflicts and fast-tracking schedules.

14/03/2014

Type:Blog

Don't accept the world as it is

"Don't accept the world as it is. Dream about what the world could be - then help make it happen." - Paul Diggory, CIH Cymru board member, weaves his way around Sochi, civil rights and smashed teeth to tell us why he's excited to hear from Peter Tatchell at TAI 2014

14/03/2014

Type:Blog

The role of finance in unblocking housing supply

Access to finance is one of the biggest barriers to building more homes – making it a major theme at next month’s Northern Ireland Unblocking Housing Supply Conference, as CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright explains.

12/03/2014

Type:Blog

Costs for low income PRS households increasingly unaffordable

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s report on the impact of changes to housing benefit and local housing allowances on the private rented sector, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “This report highlights an on-going issue for people on low incomes who are living in the private rented sector – their housing costs are becoming increasingly unaffordable.

12/03/2014

Type:Blog

Connecting rooms

Sam Morgan, a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University will be undertaking a placement with CIH Cymru during the TAI conference period. A newbie to the housing sector, Sam will be assisting Jon Barnes and Lyndsey Halliday in the CIH Cymru communications team. Here is Sam’s take on the action so far:

11/03/2014

Type:Blog

Surviving the Sahara – part one

CIH member Steve Smedley tells us how he’s approaching the epic Marathon de Sables to raise money for Child Poverty Action Group in the first of his training plan blog series.

10/03/2014

Type:Blog

Ten years on from the Barker Review of housing supply

It's ten years since the Barker Review of housing supply was published - but are we any closer to solving the housing crisis? Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long outlines the actions that need to be taken now.

07/03/2014

Type:Blog

Congratulations to all our winners!

Congratulations to all the winners at this year's CIH NI Annual Housing Awards. Find out more about the stories behind each award and check out all the photos from the event.

06/03/2014

Type:Blog

Allocations review is opportunity for better support says CIH NI

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s research to inform a fundamental review of social housing allocations policy, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “The review provides an opportunity to better meet the needs and expectations of people applying for social housing.

05/03/2014

Type:Blog

Rising Stars 2014 - go for it!

Rising Stars 2013 winner Peter Bond talks us through what he gained from entering the competition, and urges anyone thinking of applying to go for it!

04/03/2014

Type:Blog

Exempt accommodation: patience pays off

Proposals from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the new definition of exempt accommodation are a significant concession in the campaign to protect vulnerable people from the impact of welfare reform, says CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister.

03/03/2014

Type:Blog

Liberty, equality and TAI!

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru, reflects on the links between equality and affordable housing in the media, and why that means this year’s focus on both in the TAI 2014 programme is timely and right.

03/03/2014

Type:Blog

Minister addresses domestic abuse and ASB conference

Carl Sargeant, Minister for Housing and Regeneration gave an impassioned address to delegates at our Safer Communities conference in Cardiff earlier this month. The Minister said that Wales should be proud to be taking groundbreaking opportunities to end violence against women, and stressed the crucial role that housing can play to build safer communities and to tackle domestic abuse and anti-socialbehaviour. Here is the transcript of his speech.

26/02/2014

Type:Blog

Why choose housing as a career?

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3-7 March), four high-profile housing professionals share their stories of how they started out in the industry - and why housing can be such a rewarding career.

26/02/2014

Type:Blog

Welsh housing in 2020…sea change!

Neil Howell, Head of Housing at Torfaen County Borough Council and Chair of Housing Leadership Cymru will be talking about the Williams report in his workshop at TAI 2014. In this pre-TAI blog Neil finds his sea legs and sets sail for Welsh local government in 2020.

25/02/2014

Developing housing education in Africa

The Chartered Institute of Housing is working with members of the African Housing Professionals Association to develop housing education across Africa. Head of education Roger Keller shares an update from his trip to Nigeria and Ghana.

25/02/2014

Type:Blog

Welcoming the landlord registration scheme

Landlords in Northern Ireland must be registered for the first time from today, but will the scheme hold the confidence of tenants and landlords? CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright says the response by local government is key.

25/02/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker’s hub: how to save VAT on labour costs

Andrew Millross, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, shares his views on what housing organisations can do to cut costs ahead of CIH’s Repairs and maintenance conference.

19/02/2014

Type:Blog

Rising Stars Cymru - what caught the judges eyes?

Our judges faced a tough task shortlisting the finalists from the high standard of entries in Rising Stars Cymru 2014. Here are our three finalists' essays, all entrants had a choice of five titles. See what put our rising stars ahead of the competition.

18/02/2014

Speaker’s hub: Developing affordable housing

We all know we need more homes, but what can be done to increase house building and boost the number of affordable homes being built? Colin Wiles, director of Colin Wiles Consulting, shares his views.

17/02/2014

Type:Blog

New Charter tackling child poverty in Tameside

What can housing associations do to fight child poverty in their communities? New Charter executive director of neighbourhoods Tony Powell outlines the projects his organisation is working on.

13/02/2014

Type:Blog

The hidden families who have to share

New analysis of the 2011 census has revealed that almost 300,000 'concealed families' share their home with another family in England and Wales. CIH policy adviser John Perry examines the latest evidence of the housing crisis.

10/02/2014

Type:Blog

Bedroom tax funding – celebration and challenge

It has to be a cause for significant celebration that at a time of plentiful political division in Scotland, the two main parties have come together to identify what they see as a guaranteed solution to cover the cost of the bedroom tax in 2014/15, writes CIH Scotland head of policy and public affairs David Bookbinder.

07/02/2014

Type:Blog

Help tackle child poverty

Tonight's CIH Presidential Dinner will raise money for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). CPAG senior policy and research officer Moussa Haddad explains how housing can help in the fight against child poverty.

05/02/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: the bedroom tax

Gail Sykes, ‎partner at Buckles Solicitors, provides a legal insight into the bedroom tax ahead of CIH's housing law update events later this month.

04/02/2014

Type:Blog

Lift off!

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru reviews the year so far (and yes, we know it’s still January) and tells us about the four big things that have happened so far this year in Welsh housing.

29/01/2014

Out and proud: Gentoo tops workplace equality index

Housing group Gentoo topped Stonewall's 2014 list of gay-friendly employers. Equality and diversity co-ordinator Pam Walton explains how it achieved the number one spot.

27/01/2014

Type:Blog

The politics of housing

The results of a CIH member survey on housing's place on the political agenda show that all parties must raise their game on housing in the run-up to the general election in 2015.

24/01/2014

Type:Blog

'The difference between success and failure'

2014 looks set to be another challenging year for housing organisations - which is why good leadership is more important than ever, argues CIH director of policy and practice Gavin Smart.

23/01/2014

Type:Blog

Why housing providers are integral to tackling domestic abuse

Ahead of CIH Cymru’s Safer communities event next month, conference speaker Gudrun Burnet, Community Safety Manager at Peabody, gives readers some hard facts about domestic abuse, and shares the Peabody approach to working with those affected.

21/01/2014

Type:Blog

'We could do so much more'

As the 2015 general election approaches social housing organisations must work together to make sure housing gets the political attention and resources it needs, says National Federation of ALMOs policy director Chloe Fletcher.

20/01/2014

Type:Blog

How good housing helps prevent child poverty

With more than a quarter of children in the UK living in poverty, how can housing take the lead in tackling this issue? CIH policy and practice officer John Thornhill outlines the themes that emerged from a roundtable discussion held by CIH and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

15/01/2014

Type:Blog

All change: the private rented sector in Wales

Julie Nicholas, Policy and Public Affairs manager at CIH Cymru, on the benefits of being two-faced in the new year.

14/01/2014

Type:Blog

Getting the house in order

As European and local elections approach in May, politicians should be focusing on the disparity between London and the rest of the UK rather than immigration, argues solicitor Robert Flint of Winckworth Sherwood.

14/01/2014

Type:Blog

'Our housing hopes for 2014'

We asked the CIH President, Vice President and Governing Board members for their hopes, predictions and new year's resolutions for housing in 2014 - find out what they said.

10/01/2014

Type:Blog

Help shape our research on the future of housing

How can housing organisations make sure they have the skills they need to deliver the best frontline services? CIH Scotland learning and development manager Mark Reid explains why housing professionals should get involved with CIH's Frontline Futures project.

09/01/2014

Type:Blog

Don't be afraid to be ambitious!

Cheryl Tracy, winner of Rising Stars Cymru 2013, talks about what it means to win the competition and the opportunities it brings. CIH are again looking for finalists for 2014 - make sure to apply by 10 January

08/01/2014

Where will people live?

After George Osborne proposed more cuts to the welfare system, CIH director of policy and practice Gavin Smart argues its time to focus on long-term solutions to the housing crisis rather than stop gap measures.

07/01/2014

Type:Blog

Double the mentors, double the benefit!

Ross Williams, finalist in Rising Stars Cymru 2013, talks about how he made the very most of the opportunity to talk to potential mentors, as part of the competition. CIH are again looking for finalists for 2014 - make sure to apply by 10 January

06/01/2014

What it means to be a Rising Stars Cymru finalist

Hannah Jones, finalist in Rising Stars Cymru 2013, talks about the doors that taking part in the competition has opened for her. CIH are again looking for finalists for 2014 - make sure to apply by 10 January

02/01/2014

Yes We Can (Do)

Gareth Jones, i2i Co-ordinator, wonders if changing attitudes across the pond kick-started the success of the CAN DO toolkit.

19/12/2013

Type:Blog

Encouraging a more professional private rented sector

The number of people living in Ireland's private rented sector is growing, but is the legislation designed to regulate it working? CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright says his research with the University of Ulster has highlighted some interesting - and some unwelcome - comparisons with Scotland.

16/12/2013

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: Big data

What is big data and why do housing organisations need to know about it? Jim Vine, director of innovation and business development at HACT, explains how it can help landlords deliver better services.

13/12/2013

Type:Blog

Changes in housing: frontline futures

The role of the frontline housing professional is changing - what skills are you and your organisation going to need in the future? Dr Jo Richardson of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research explains how you can get involved in CIH's Frontline futures project.

11/12/2013

Type:Blog

A (bed) room of one’s own

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru, and wannabe Whovian, reflects on a journey through space and time that she took last week.

10/12/2013

Type:Blog

Where is housing heading?

What place will housing have in the political debate as we approach the general election in 2015? And what will our housing system look like in five years' time? Policy adviser John Perry explains why CIH has launched a new series of essays to look at the bigger picture and stimulate debate.

09/12/2013

Type:Blog

Influencing customer behaviour

How can social housing organisations work together to influence customer behaviour? CIH consultancy assistant director Anna O'Halloran and housing consultant Barry Marlow outline the aims behind CIH consultancy's latest project.

03/12/2013

Type:Blog

Shining a light on good practice

The Welsh Housing Awards aim to showcase the very best in the industry. CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Julie Nicholas gives her take on this year’s event, from a very good vantage point at the judges table!

03/12/2013

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: tenant scrutiny

What are the benefits and challenges of setting up a robust tenant scrutiny operation? Newydd Housing Association housing director Jason Wroe outlines Newydd's experience.

02/12/2013

Type:Blog

Promoting housing standards around the world

Housing professionals are in high demand across Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, as CIH head of education Roger Keller reports from his recent visit to the Far East.

29/11/2013

Type:Blog

New study skills help for online learning students – supporting you to be brilliant

To help our online learning students get off on the right foot with their studies, we’ve launched new resources to support you to develop your study skills – essential techniques that can help you, no matter what qualification you’re working towards or level of education you’re at.

27/11/2013

Type:Blog

Working together to tackle anti-social behaviour

What methods are social landlords using to deal with anti-social behaviour? CIH adviser Chris Grose shares an update from CIH consultancy's working together to deliver excellent ASB services project.

26/11/2013

Type:Blog

A match made in. . . Derby

Helping tenants swap homes if they need to has become even more important since the introduction of the bedroom tax. CIH specialist adviser Melanie Rees outlines the top tips she picked up when she attended a matching event run by social landlords in Derby.

18/11/2013

Type:Blog

Generation rent

Building more homes would help young renters and first-time buyers, but would homeowners be worried about falling prices? Solicitor (and private renter) Robert Flint of Winckworth Sherwood argues it's time for the generations to come together.

15/11/2013

Type:Blog

Networking 2.0 - the power of social media

Technology is transforming the way we learn and make connections. CIH education officer Dave Bramley shares some of the insights from his contribution to CIH's skills anthology Learning today, leading tomorrow.

14/11/2013

Type:Blog

Bringing empty homes back to life

There are 7,000 long-term empty homes in Leeds, but Leeds Empties is striving to unlock their potential. Ahead of his session at Homes 2013, co-director Rob Greenland explains how the scheme is working.

13/11/2013

Type:Blog

The Big Lunch: Bringing communities together

More than 3.6 million Big Lunches took place across the UK in 2013. The Big Lunch digital communications and partnerships manager Fay Richards explains what housing providers helped achieve this year, and how you can get involved in 2014.

12/11/2013

Type:Blog

Integrating housing and health

Innovative ways of connecting housing and health are already out there, argues One Housing Group housing director Kevin Beirne - but we need to roll them out on a bigger scale.

11/11/2013

Type:Blog

Future perfect?

What will our towns and cities look like in the future, and what can housing learn from the natural world? Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry outlines her theories ahead of her session at Homes 2013.

08/11/2013

Type:Blog

Talent management in difficult times

The housing industry can't afford to stand still when it comes to investing in talent and developing skills, argues East Midlands Housing Group chief executive Chan Kataria.

04/11/2013

Type:Blog

Recognising the personal side of housing

In the run up to the Northern Ireland Housing Awards 2014, policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright discusses the importance of recognising the personal side of every housing story.

31/10/2013

Type:Blog

Retrofitting: beyond energy efficiency

Sustainable Homes managing director Andrew Eagles argues that housing organisations need to look beyond energy efficiency when it comes to retrofitting ahead of his session at Homes 2013.

31/10/2013

Type:Blog

Learning about communities from the digital world

The Welsh leg of Housing goes Digital proved to be a bit of an eye opener for Jon Barnes, digital communications project officer at CIH. Looking beyond online services, he shares his ideas on what digital communities can teach us about their physical counterparts.

30/10/2013

Type:Blog

Time to put the professional into the PRS

To coincide with the launch of our report 'New approaches to market rented housing', Robert Flint from Winckworth Sherwood discusses ways in which social landlords can increase the professionalism of the private rented sector.

30/10/2013

Type:Blog

Speakers' hub: Minister urges ASB professionals to plan ahead

At a recent Local Government Association Conference, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Home Office Minister for Criminal Information, announced that levels of ASB had fallen to 13% across England and Wales, the lowest level ever.

29/10/2013

Type:Blog

Better services for homeless people

How can the government's gold standard programme help local authorities improve their homelessness services? National Practitioner Support Service manager Tracy Hendren explains.

28/10/2013

Type:Blog

Webinar video: Community benefits in procurement, the 'can do' approach

In this webinar, i2i co-ordinators Rachel Morton and Gareth Jones talk about the principles and successes of the pioneering housing investment project

24/10/2013

Type:Blog

Blog: Hands on experience inspires author of new domestic abuse factsheet

Rebecca Jackson, CIH student member, tells us about what inspired her to get involved in writing our new domestic abuse factsheet; the latest edition to our ‘housing in Wales’ series.

24/10/2013

Type:Blog

Allocating blame?

CIH director of policy and practice Gavin Smart examines the government's announcement of new measures it says will ensure 'local people' are first in line for council homes - and argues that it's more about perception than reality.

24/10/2013

Type:Blog

Budget 2014 - what's in it for housing?

Chartered Institute of Housing director Cecilia Keaveney takes a look at the Irish government's 2014 Budget which was announced earlier this week.

16/10/2013

Type:Blog

Wales raises the bar for community benefit

Gareth Jones, i2i Co-ordinator, looks at the impact on community benefits in Wales in the wake of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement.

16/10/2013

Type:Blog

'Affordable rents are driving up costs and housing benefit'

Policy and practice officer Laura Shimili looks at the new statistics on fixed term tenancies and affordable rents for 2012/13 - the first full year both policies have been in force.

16/10/2013

Type:Blog

Learning from the private sector

Understanding more about tenants' needs and behaviour can help housing organisations deliver better services. Management consultant Jan Kitshoff shares an update from the latest workshop in CIH consultancy's Working together to create sustainable tenancies project.

15/10/2013

Type:Blog

Homes 2013: Why you need to be there

CIH chief executive Grainia Long and event director Sarah Payling highlight five great reasons to attend this year's Homes event - a free event dedicated to repairs and maintenance, asset management and sustainability.

14/10/2013

Type:Blog

Setting up tenant panels to resolve complaints

How should housing organisations go about setting up a tenant panel to help resolve complaints? Graham Sykes of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) shares the lessons learned by KNH so far.

11/10/2013

Type:Blog

Learning together, providing together

Developing joint training and qualifications can help achieve better integration between housing, health and social care says Housing Learning and Improvement Network director Jeremy Porteus.

04/10/2013

Type:Blog

'Recovery will be the key battleground'

Housing remains high on the agenda at the Conservative conference in Manchester, reports Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long - but key differences between the parties are beginning to open up.

01/10/2013

Type:Blog

A global perspective on ageing

Nick Abbey, chief executive of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, says the UK can learn from examples around the world when it comes to better housing for older people.

27/09/2013

'All housing organisations need adult safeguarding specialists'

Independent consultant and trainer Imogen Parry looks at the complex issue of adult safeguarding in the latest in our series of blogs on the skills the housing industry needs to be fit for the future.

27/09/2013

We need to keep an even closer eye on Help to Buy

It’s good news that the Bank of England is being given more power to curb Help to Buy if it looks like the scheme is fuelling a house price boom, says CIH director of policy and practice Gavin Smart – but could the government go further?

27/09/2013

Type:Blog

Getting results for housing, health and care

As CIH and Tunstall Healthcare launch a new report on delivering outcomes for housing, health and care, Housing Learning and Improvement Network director Jeremy Porteus explains why better integration is so crucial.

26/09/2013

The danger of mixed messages on the bedroom tax

David Bookbinder, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, analyses the potential consequences of sending out mixed messages on the bedroom tax.

25/09/2013

Type:Blog

'A chance to make a lasting impact'

How can social landlords better support tenants to find work? Personal and professional development expert Chris Hall shares an update from the latest workshop in CIH's consultancy's Working together to create sustainable tenancies project.

24/09/2013

Type:Blog

'Housing is taking centre stage'

Housing is the topic on everyone's lips at the Labour party conference as Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long reports from the event in Brighton.

24/09/2013

Type:Blog

Back to the drawing board on bedroom tax

After new figures revealed that one in three council tenants hit by the bedroom tax in Great Britain have fallen into arrears since its introduction, CIH NI director Cecilia Keaveney argues the policy should not become law in Northern Ireland.

19/09/2013

Type:Blog

Learning today, leading tomorrow

The housing industry is changing all the time and so are the skills that housing professionals need. Senior policy and practice officer John Thornhill explains why organisations must commit to learning and development to make sure they are fit for the future.

19/09/2013

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'Necessity is the mother of invention'

Funding cuts mean developing innovative partnerships between housing and health has taken on a new urgency, says Neil Revely, director of health, housing and adult services at Sunderland City Council.

17/09/2013

Positivity and paradox – being philosophical about local government provision

Elke Winton philosophises over the current highs and lows of working in Welsh local government. Elke is a Welsh Housing Review guest contributor and housing group manager at Torfaen County Borough Council.

17/09/2013

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Let's change the debate on benefits

Support should be there for all of us if we need it, and the cost of housing means many people have no choice but to rely on benefits. That's why we're backing Who Benefits?

13/09/2013

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Ready for action?

With Parliament back from recess and party conference season looming, what should MPs be focusing on when it comes to housing? We asked our policy experts to share their views.

13/09/2013

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'We now have a golden opportunity to work together'

Better housing options and care interventions are the key to improving people's independence, reducing the burden on health services and saving money argues Sandie Keene, director of adult social services at Leeds City Council and president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

10/09/2013

Funding affordable housing? What’s the problem?

In our next blog, featuring a guest contributor from this year’s ‘Welsh Housing Review’, Steve Partridge, Finance & Investment Director at QSH talks housing finance and headlines.

09/09/2013

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Update: Creating sustainable tenancies

CIH consultancy's new project aims to help landlords deal with the impact of welfare reform and support their tenants. Housing management consultant and trainer Barry Marlow shares an update from the latest workshop.

03/09/2013

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We're living longer but are we living well?

There’s widespread consensus that we're facing big challenges in providing care and support for our ageing population. CIH director of health and wellbeing Domini Gunn looks at the role of housing and calls for it to be given a higher profile.

02/09/2013

Wales and the private rented sector: stepping up

Anne Delaney and Simon Inkson, housing consultants and guest contributors to this year's Welsh Housing Review, call for a step-change in the relationship between local authorities and the private rented sector.

30/08/2013

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From local to national scale - first impressions on the community benefits agenda

Gareth Jones started working as an i2i Co-ordinator at CIH Cymru in June. Ahead of the first i2i webinar on 4th September, he gives us the lowdown on his first 2 months in post.

29/08/2013

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It's a latte fun writing the Welsh Housing Review

Julie Nicholas puts down the coffee mug to take a first look at what will be included in Welsh Housing Review, CIH Cymru's annual policy and statistical review.

23/08/2013

Type:Blog

How much does it cost to bring up a child in the UK today?

Research published this week by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation paints a stark picture of families being squeezed by rising prices and stagnant wages, yet receiving ever-diminishing support from the government over the course of the last year. CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham reports.

23/08/2013

Type:Blog

Funding for older people's housing and support

What does the future hold for the Homes and Communities Agency's funding programmes for older people's housing and support? We spoke to HCA senior strategy manager Kevin McGeough to find out.

23/08/2013

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Getting tenants involved in the complaints process

From 1 April the Localism Act gave councillors, MPs and recognised tenant panels (collectively referred to as ‘designated persons’) a new role in helping to resolve complaints about social landlords. Five months on, the change is very much still bedding in, as CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe reports.

20/08/2013

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Energy efficiency - are government policies working?

The government wants homes to be energy efficient and to cut fuel poverty – but are its policies working? CIH policy adviser John Perry reports.

15/08/2013

Type:Blog

Blog: Rejoice – house prices are up at last

David Bookbinder, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, notes the reaction to this week’s reports of house price increases in Scotland.

13/08/2013

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The benefit cap: what we know so far

Four London boroughs started applying the new benefit cap in April, with all other local authorities gradually following suit over the summer. As the next batch of councils starts rolling it out this week, CIH assistant director of policy and practice Abigail Davies looks at what we know so far.

12/08/2013

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Benefits of online learning

CIH is launching a new and improved online learning service in September. Learn Board member Veronica Coatham explains what the changes will mean for students in practice.

07/08/2013

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: Direct payment of housing benefit

Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing is one of the organisations taking part in the direct payment demonstration projects. Neighbourhoods manager Chris Shepherd tells us about the experience so far.

05/08/2013

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Carrots, sticks and nudges

By examining some of the differences in policy between Cardiff and Westminster Keith Edwards, director at CIH Cymru, takes a look at the range of methods Welsh Government are using to shape a different type of housing system.

05/08/2013

Type:Blog

Applying yourself

The application process for Welsh Housing Awards 2013 is now open. Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer at CIH Cymru, takes a look at why the Awards are much more than just something for the mantelpiece.

01/08/2013

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In-house training and qualifications explained

With housing organisations facing an increasingly challenging landscape, improving skills has become more important than ever. If you’re looking to boost the skills of your workforce, in-house courses could be the best option – we take a look at them in more detail.

01/08/2013

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'The real problem is not enough homes being built'

Business Secretary Vince Cable has joined a growing band of people raising concerns about the government’s Help to Buy scheme. CIH director of policy and practice Gavin Smart gives his take on the issue.

29/07/2013

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Day in the life of a housing officer

CIH’s membership team spent a day with Orbit Heart to get an insight into the day to day work of the housing professionals CIH supports. Membership co-ordinator Katharine Walsh reports back.

29/07/2013

Type:Blog

Care and support for older people

Cuts in public spending mean it’s tougher than ever for local authorities and voluntary groups to maintain care and support for older people. CIH director of health and wellbeing Domini Gunn looks at the challenges and opportunities – and how housing can help.

25/07/2013

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: Leasehold management

How can your organisation keep up to date with the latest legal developments in leasehold management? Richard Towes, of Leasehold Training & Consultancy Services, shares his thoughts.

23/07/2013

Type:Blog

What would Octavia Hill do?

Last year Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager, went to see the memorial that was dedicated to Octavia Hill in Westminster Abbey (Yes, that's my feet in the picture! - Julie). A housing hero of Julie's, she understood a thing or two about tackling poverty.

22/07/2013

Type:Blog

Working together to create sustainable tenancies

CIH Consultancy's new project aims to help landlords deal with the impact of welfare reform and support their tenants - assistant director Anna O'Halloran shares an update from its first workshop.

17/07/2013

Type:Blog

The bedroom tax and disabled tenants

Following welfare reform minister Lord Freud's appearance at Housing 2013, Sue McCafferty, of campaign group We are Spartacus, details the impact of the bedroom tax on sick and disabled people.

09/07/2013

Type:Blog

Why Housing 2013 matters

CIH's annual conference and exhibition gave housing professionals from all over the UK and Ireland the chance to learn from each other, says first-timer Jennie Donald, policy and public affairs adviser at CIH Northern Ireland.

05/07/2013

Type:Blog

'Housing will be watching new Bank Governor closely'

As the new Governor of the Bank of England gets stuck into his first week in the job, CIH chief executive Grainia Long asks what his tenure could mean for the housing industry.

03/07/2013

Type:Blog

Bedroom tax debate at Housing 2013

Housing professionals, tenants and welfare reform minister Lord Freud give their views on the bedrooom tax at Housing 2013.

27/06/2013

Type:Blog

'We need action now'

Following her appearance on Radio 4’s Today programme, CIH chief executive Grainia Long shares her thoughts on Labour’s proposals to get private developers building – and challenges all political parties to commit to a much stronger role in building new homes.

21/06/2013

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: market rent for social landlords

An increasing number of social landlords are looking at moving into the market rented sector. Policy and practice officer David Pipe shares his views on the potential benefits and barriers that organisations need to consider.

19/06/2013

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Webinar video: Learning through experience

Find out more about this CIH member exclusive webinar with David Bramley, Education Officer, CIH

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Apply now to join the CIH Northern Ireland Board

If you think you can help support our work we would love to hear from you!

16/04/2014
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Webinar video: New approaches to tenant insight

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Debbie Larner Head of Practice at CIH

15/04/2014
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Webinar video: Migration to the UK and its housing implications

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with John Perry CIH policy adviser

07/04/2014
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Webinar video: Think Family – the role of housing providers in the Troubled Families agenda

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Lisa Martinali, Community Regeneration Director and Michelle Wilkins, Support Services Manager from Castle Vale Community Housing Association (CVCHA)

02/04/2014
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Money isn’t everything...

The Social Value Act means that public bodies must consider social value ahead of procurement. What does that mean for housing associations? Find out more from Ark Housing Consultancy

01/04/2014

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Bromford: creating opportunities for customer employment

Social housing providers can and often do work closely with their own customers to build employability skills but how many actually employ their own customers?

01/04/2014

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Webinar video: New approaches to fixed term tenancies

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Debbie Larner CIH Head of Practice and Fleur Priest- Stephens CIH Specialist Advisor

28/03/2014
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WM Impact: The Claimant Commitment

The new Claimant Commitment outlines the actions people must carry out while receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance, and is being rolled out at Jobcentres across the country. Tina Evans, partnership manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, explains more.

28/03/2014

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WM Impact: The future's bright . . . the future's social enterprise

Housing associations employ more than 155,000 people and contribute £13.9 billion a year to England’s economy – meaning the industry is perfectly placed to support, create and nurture social enterprise. Ark Housing Consultancy explains how the social enterprise sector is growing and shares some top tips for creating a successful social enterprise.

28/03/2014

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WM Impact: Meet Mohammed

New CIH West Midlands Board co-optee Mohammed Kadri, who works for Waterloo Housing Group in Solihull, outlines his passion for supporting young housing professionals and shares what he is looking forward to this year in his new role.

28/03/2014

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WM Impact: Supporting tenants to find work

Whg tenant Neil Bumford had been out of work for two years and was struggling with rent arrears, household bills and low-self esteem. Carole Wildman of whg shares his story.

28/03/2014

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West Midland’s Regional Board chair’s report

Since taking over as chair in July last year it’s been a busy time for the CIH West Midlands Regional Board. The board is almost unrecognisable compared to this time last year with five new board members and four new co-optees. I think it shows just how well respected the CIH is at a national and regional level to attract really high calibre housing professionals to give up their time voluntarily to benefit our members.

28/03/2014

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Webinar video: Developing your people through a coaching culture

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Yvonne Castle of YCChange Consultants Ltd

18/03/2014
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CIH Scotland AGM 2014

The CIH Scotland 2014 annual general meeting took place at the SECC, Glasgow, as part of the CIH Scotland annual conference and exhibition on 12 March 2014.

13/03/2014
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Annual membership survey

This month we're inviting members from across the UK to tell us their views about their membership and professional development. Entries can win their 2015 membership subscription in a prize draw.

10/03/2014
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Webinar video: The legal considerations in letting homes at market rents

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Louise Leaver, partner – social housing finance and Nikki Lynds-Xavier, partner – housing management both from Winckworth Sherwood.

26/02/2014
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Webinar video: Using social media to progress your career

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Paul Taylor from Bromford.

19/02/2014
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Webinar video: Making effective use of adapted properties

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith, Specialist Advisor in the CIH’s Making Best Use of Stock team.

12/02/2014
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Eastern Outlook: Orwell sheltered housing hit by floods

When Levington Court in Lowestoft was hit by flooding in December staff went above and beyond the call duty to support residents, backed up by the efforts of the local community.

06/02/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Eastern Region Conference

Speakers at the Eastern Region Conference in November included BBC News home affairs editor Mark Easton, CIH President Paul Tennant and Terry Waite, who spent nearly five years in captivity after being kidnapped in Lebanon. New Board Chair Tracey Cassidy shares feedback from the event and explains how you can help shape this year’s conference.

06/02/2014

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Eastern Outlook: How does being a CIH member benefit me?

Tenant representative Reg Brine and tenant forum chairman Keith Wykes – both Eastern Regional Board members – say CIH membership helps them keep up to date with the latest housing issues, support people affected by welfare reform and learn new skills.

06/02/2014

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CIH North West Regional Board update

The North West Regional Board held its first meeting of 2014 on 21 January at LMH in Liverpool – Chair Andrei Szatkowski outlines the various issues that were discussed.

06/02/2014

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Webinar video: Building your resilience for success at work

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Ann Burton from Training by Design Ltd

05/02/2014
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Could a tailored in-house course benefit your organisation?

Severnside Housing, Pinnacle PSG and Notting Hill Housing tell us about their experiences of the Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice delivered as an in-house course.

04/02/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Royal recognition for tenant volunteer

Norwich City Council tenant Terry Adkin was recognised in 2014’s New Year Honours list for his tireless efforts as a tenant representative over the last 12 years.

30/01/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Meet your new board members

Following the AGM on 13 November 2013, we now have a new Eastern Regional Board - find out who's joined, who's taken on new roles and who's stepped down.

30/01/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Circle named best employer in the region

It was an exiting end to 2013 for Circle Housing as it picked up the ‘best employer’ award at the Eastern Daily Press Business Awards.

30/01/2014

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Points West: How will tenants deal with direct payments?

Last year GreenSquare took part in a government pilot project on shifting to direct payment of housing benefit with 400 tenants to see how families coped and how they managed their finances. Executive director Ann Cornelius explains the changes the group had to make and outlines the results.

30/01/2014

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Points West: Yarlington helping tenants to get online

Yarlington housing group in Yeovil was one of 12 landlords to receive funding from the Government’s Digital Deal, aimed at helping residents to get online and improve their skills. Find out how the project is getting on

30/01/2014

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Points West interview: CIH director of membership & education Judy Waugh

Find out what Judy’s top priorities are for 2014 and how South West members can get involved in shaping what CIH has to offer.

30/01/2014

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Points West: CIH SW student winners 2013 - 2014

Daniel Thompson and Michelle Betts have been crowned CIH students of the year in the south west region. Find out how Daniel was inspired to embark on a career in housing.

30/01/2014

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Points West: Housing stress doctor

Training and management consultant Phil Sweet’s regular blog provides training tips and advice for housing staff having to cope with the demands of welfare reform, antisocial behaviour and increasing rent arrears while still delivering excellent customer service. This time Phil is looking at how assertive you are and why it matters – start by taking this simple quiz.

30/01/2014

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Points West: Targeting tenancy fraud in social housing

Across the UK it is estimated that 98,000 housing association and council homes are occupied by someone who shouldn’t live there or have obtained the tenancy fraudulently. Cheltenham Borough Homes, Gloucester City Homes, Guinness Hermitage, Rooftop Housing, Severnvale Housing, Stroud District Council and Two Rivers Housing in Gloucestershire have pooled resources and knowledge to create the Gloucestershire Tenancy Fraud Forum (GTFF).

30/01/2014

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Points West: Building a brighter future for Plymouth

Plymouth's new Plan for Homes, which aims to deliver 1,000 new homes a year, was launched at a major summit in November 2013 organised by the South West Housing Initiative (SWHI) and Plymouth City Council.

30/01/2014

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Webinar video: Equality and diversity – breaking down barriers and mainstreaming diversity

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Kulbir Shergill, head of diversity and inclusion at Genesis and John Thornhill, senior policy and practice officer at CIH.

22/01/2014
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New bedroom tax bulletin from the DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an urgent bulletin about the bedroom tax.

09/01/2014

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Webinar video: Thinking about the future of frontline housing roles

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Dr Jo Richardson, Principal Lecturer in the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University, Leicester.

18/12/2013
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Webinar video: Commercial Skills – making commerciality a reality

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Yvonne Castle of YCChange Consultants.

10/12/2013
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Webinar video: What will the autumn statement mean for housing?

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar from CIH director of policy, Gavin Smart.

06/12/2013
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How online learning helped me to reach my career goals

Peter Fisher, senior accommodation officer for Ipswich Borough Council, chose to study online with CIH to gain the qualifications he needed to move into a management role. He tell us about his experiences of online learning with CIH.

06/12/2013

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Webinar video: Developing your local housing offer for health and wellbeing

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Domini Gunn, Director of Health & Wellbeing at CIH Consultancy

03/12/2013
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Webinar video: Using your CIH membership to help you with your studies

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar from CIH’s Learning Team.

27/11/2013
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Setting up a social lettings agency - how CIH can help

Is your organisation considering setting up a social lettings agency? Wrexham Borough Council and Solihull Community Housing explain how they benefitted from a CIH in-house course tailored to their needs.

15/11/2013

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Webinar video: Question time with Grainia Long

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Grainia Long, CIH chief executive.

12/11/2013
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CIH members vote to approve changes

CIH members have voted to approve our annual subscriptions for 2014, a new Chair for our Audit and Risk Board and changes to three CIH byelaws.

05/11/2013
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Webinar video: The new 'repairs paradigm'

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Shaun Aldis, Director of Property Services at Wolverhampton Homes.

22/10/2013
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CIH events debrief papers

Below are debrief papers from our most recent events for you to download.

21/10/2013
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Webinar video: ASB reforming powers and tools

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Chris Grose and Paul Lloyd.

17/10/2013
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CIH members: Have your say

We’re inviting CIH members to take part in a ballot on three important areas from this week.

07/10/2013
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Webinar video: Is your Data Protection Strategy good enough?

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Paula Tighe

30/09/2013
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CIH members asked to approve new Chair for Audit and Risk Board

Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) will be asked to approve a new Chair for the organisation’s Audit and Risk Board.

19/09/2013

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WM Impact: West Midlands AGM

This year's AGM was held on 18 July and was well-attended by current and past board members.

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: MNRI Annual Conference 2013

The Midlands Network for Resident Involvement is a network of resident involvement and community development staff that come together every other month to network, share good practice and find out about the latest developments in the world of housing.

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: Housing initiatives to improve health

How can housing organisations deliver health benefits to their customers in the face of an ageing population, dramatic cuts in NHS budgets and changing structures in health bodies?

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: Equality and diversity

Wolverhampton Homes has taken the lead on convening an equality and diversity practitioners group with the support of CIH and the Housing Diversity Network (HDN).

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: The Bromford Deal - 12 months on

It’s been more than a year since Bromford introduced the Bromford Deal – a ‘something for something’ approach which promises its customers a great home and a fantastic range of services but also asks them to agree to do some things in return.

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: Lift-off for housing scheme

A £2.5 million Wolverhampton housing development has moved one step closer to completion. Cranes began hoisting timber panels 45 feet into the air this summer at the Accord Group development in Bushbury.

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: Work with families grows

The role of housing associations in delivering support services to families in Worcestershire has grown significantly over the past few months.

16/09/2013

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WM Impact: New group structure for Severnside

Severnside Housing has put a new group structure in place in recognition of its continued growth and diversification.

16/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Regeneration study visit

A diverse group of Eastern Region members made up of representatives from private developers, a university, the HCA, housing associations and consultancies met at the Stonebridge Centre, otherwise known as the Hillside Hub, on a very warm morning in July. Our hosts were Hillside Housing Trust, part of the Hyde Group, based in Brent, London.

03/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Why I became a CIH Regional Board member

New Eastern Region Board member Amanda Marsh talks about the benefits of being a CIH member and why she decided to join the Eastern Region Board.

03/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Are you getting all you can from CIH?

If you have a friend or colleague who is a member of CIH but who hasn’t received Eastern Outlook or other CIH correspondence, it’s possible that they have updated their preferences to say they don’t want to receive any emails from us.

03/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: A student's perspective

Resident involvement officer Matthew Weekes gives a student's perspective on Anglia Ruskin University’s Foundation Degree in Management of Social and Affordable Housing, which is accredited by CIH.

03/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Cambridge debate

The scene is set - above a busy Cambridge pub a group of CIH members full of copious amounts of pizza have come together and are eagerly awaiting the first regional debate event.

03/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Octavia Hill - the pioneer of social housing

Many of today’s principles of housing management have evolved from a pattern set by Octavia Hill, more than a century ago.

03/09/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Hong Kong bosses visit Cambridgeshire

Hong Kong housing officials have been on a fact-finding mission in South Cambridgeshire to see how council bosses deliver affordable homes for local people.

03/09/2013

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Karen Doran to leave the Chartered Institute of Housing

Karen Doran, director at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) consultancy subsidiary, is leaving to take up a new role as assistant director of regulatory operations at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

30/08/2013

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Audit and Risk Board annual report

CIH's Audit and Risk Board has published its first annual report. Get an update from Interim Chair Robin Lawler and read the report in full.

23/08/2013
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Housing priorities - what do you think?

Take part in our survey to tell us what you think are the most important issues for the government to deal with.

23/08/2013
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Things to do in August

In this feature, originally published in Conversations Inspired by Housing magazine, we look at 10 things you shouldn't miss this month.

12/08/2013
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Webinar video: Fire safety in housing

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill and Jan Taranczuk.

07/08/2013
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What’s new with My CIH

This month, members and registered users will see the first phase of improvements to the My CIH login area. Find out what’s new, how it will enhance your experience on our site and how to give us your feedback on the changes.

01/08/2013

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Member survey - CIH magazine

In July 2012, we relaunched CIH magazine, our member magazine (this is not Inside Housing, but is published as an insert to Inside Housing magazine every other month). A year on, we'd like to know what you think of your magazine - please take just 5 minutes to answer the following questions.

31/07/2013
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Housing 2013: The best bits

Housing 2013 made a successful return to Manchester Central this June, with conference delegate numbers at their highest levels since 2009. With housing high on the political agenda and the timely announcement of the spending review, the conference was packed with high-level discussions on the challenges facing the sector.

26/07/2013
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Webinar - Renting Homes (Wales) Bill white paper

This webinar offered an overview of, and consultation session on, the proposed reform of housing law in Wales; presented in partnership with Welsh Government.

25/07/2013

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Every member matters - 2013 membership survey results

At CIH we’re always striving to improve our services to make sure we are supporting you as effectively as we can.

24/07/2013
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Webinar: Fire safety in housing

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill and Jan Taranczuk, and register on the button below.

16/07/2013
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Housing Heroes: Network Housing Group

The development team of the year title went to Network Housing Group at this year's Housing Heroes Awards.

16/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: Repair 1st

Stockport Homes' Repair 1st was named maintenance team of the year at the Housing Heroes Awards 2013.

16/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: Peaks & Plains Housing Trust

Staff from Peaks & Plains Housing Trust picked up the IT team of the year title at this year's Housing Heroes Awards.

16/07/2013

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Taking your career to the next level

Tony Thornton, who has been awarded an MBE for his work in homelessness with the Salvation Army Housing Association, explains how working towards his MSc Housing Studies better equipped him to face the challenges of the industry.

10/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: Community safety team ‘changes lives’

Walsall Housing Group’s community safety team won the frontline housing team title at this year’s Housing Heroes Awards.

09/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: Career development star Dawn Harrisson

Shepherds Bush Housing Group head of contracts Dawn Harrisson was named career development star at this year’s Housing Heroes Awards.

09/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: One Vision Housing

One Vision Housing’s human resources team picked up the HR team of the year title at this year’s Housing Heroes Awards.

09/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: Inspirational tenant Eileen Gorman

Inspirational tenant Eileen Gorman has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award. Riverside tenant Eileen has been volunteering in her local community in Lambeth, London for more than 45 years.

03/07/2013

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Housing Heroes: charity supports hundreds of people

A charity which has supported hundreds of homeless people has been recognised for its achievements. Ferry Project, part of housing provider Luminus Group, was named support/care team of the year at the 2013 Housing Heroes Awards, organised by CIH and Inside Housing.

03/07/2013

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Day three at Housing 2013

Find out what you missed or catch up on all the best bits from the final day at Manchester Central

28/06/2013

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Day two at Housing 2013

Read all the highlights, see the photos and film clips from day two at Manchester Central.

27/06/2013

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Day one at Housing 2013

Thousands joined us as we opened the doors at Manchester Central on Tuesday. Here are the highlights from day one at Housing 2013.

26/06/2013

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Webinar video: Preventing and Tackling Tenancy Fraud

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with tenancy fraud expert Fleur Priest-Stephens.

21/06/2013
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Preview of Housing 2013

Housing 2013 is just around the corner! To make sure you make the most of your time there, we wanted to highlight some of the key features you don't want to miss.

21/06/2013

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Preventing and tackling tenancy fraud

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with expert Fleur Priest-Stephens.

04/06/2013
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Webinar video: practical approaches to welfare reform

If you missed our second member exclusive webinar with making best use of stock expert, Melanie Rees, then here's your chance to watch the video.

16/05/2013
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Rising Star Peter Bond: Campaign update

Peter Bond, one of this year's Rising Stars finalists, outlines how he has found the competition so far and what's in store for the weeks ahead.

13/05/2013

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Another opportunity for social housing providers: The changing school environment

Sarah Morton, one of the three finalists in Rising Stars 2013, explores how the changing school environment could be an opportunity for the housing industry to engage with children and young people.

13/05/2013

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A Rising Star’s top tips for communicating effectively with young people

People say that teenagers make the toughest audiences. Catherine Attenborough, one of this year’s Rising Stars finalists, shares what she’s learned about communicating effectively with this age group during the competition.

13/05/2013

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Message to all CIH members

This statement was made at the CIH AGM by Turlogh O’Brien, chair of the Governing Board, on 1 May 2013.

01/05/2013
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Webinar video: understanding the latest changes to housing and council tax benefit

If you missed our first member exclusive webinar with welfare reform expert Sam Lister then here's your chance to watch the video.

30/04/2013
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Eastern Outlook: Learning in our region

The end is in sight for the first group of students on Anglia Ruskin University’s new Foundation Degree Management of Social and Affordable Housing.

30/04/2013

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Eastern Outlook: MoneyWise, HomeSafe

A four-year project supporting first-time social housing tenants has started accepting referrals this month (April).

30/04/2013

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Eastern Outlook: First birthday for scrutiny panel

Welwyn Hatfield Residents' Scrutiny Panel marked its first anniversary by holding a reception at Campus West Welwyn Garden City.

30/04/2013

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Eastern Outlook: Governance update

As we've reported over the past year or so, there have been many changes to CIH's governance affecting both the National Council (now called the Governing Board) and the Regional Committees (now called Regional Boards as of 1 January 2013).

29/04/2013

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Changes to Audit and Risk Board

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has today received and accepted resignations from six members of the Audit and Risk Board, including the Chairman.

29/04/2013

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South West conference highlights

Hundreds of housing professionals have been enjoying the sunshine in Torquay whilst taking part in some great debates at the annual South West conference and exhibition.

26/04/2013

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Scotland Conference: Day three

The final day of CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013 opened with an address from Chief Executive Grainia Long and a keynote session on ending the recession. Other highlights included an interview with Professor Duncan Maclennan from St Andrew's University, and sub-plenaries on welfare reform, the green deal, and vulnerable communities.

15/03/2013

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Scotland Conference: Day two

Day two of CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013 featured a debate on the implications of greater powers for Scotland, an interview with Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator, Kay Blair, and a session focusing on how we can make affordable housing for all a priority.

13/03/2013

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In-house qualifications are a huge success!

Our Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice is the one of the most popular qualifications we run. In 2011, we started to deliver our qualifications in-house, enabling housing organisations to train several employees at the same time, at a date and location convenient to them.

06/08/2012

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Three great topics, three amazing offers!

Linking in with our year of practice we have created some exciting offers to make it even easier to improve with us. With special offers on our great range of events around ASB, welfare reform and allocations, make sure you and your organisation don't miss out!

12/07/2012

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A distance learning student's story

Elsa Ward has been working in homelessness services for more than 16 years and we wanted to find out how her CIH distance learning studies has helped her career.

05/07/2012

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Right to buy agreement deadline approaching

In March the government announced a reinvigorated policy on right-to-buy and one-for-one replacement. Agreements have now been sent to councils, and the deadline to sign is fast approaching.

21/06/2012

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Depooling – what are the challenges?

CIH consultant, David Smethurst, has worked as a frontline practitioner in housing for 20 years. In an attempt to uncover the confusion around depooling, David provides us with an insight into what depooling is, how it can create problems and why it’s important.

26/03/2012

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Don't miss your chance to vote for CIH Vice President

The closing date for the receipt of ballot papers is Monday 30 January at 6pm

26/01/2012

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Financing the future

Neil Merrick investigates approaches to funding new social and affordable housing around the UK and finds significant differences

25/01/2012

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Vice President candidates question and answer session

On 18 January 2012, CIH hosted a question and answer session with the Vice President candidates to help members decide how to vote.

20/01/2012

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The Housing Strategy - In-depth comment

In-depth coverage and comment from Abigail Davies, Steve Partridge, Domini Gunn and Karen Doran on the government's Housing Strategy for England.

23/11/2011

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Latest learners from Gypsy and Traveller course graduate

A CIH course helps achieve positive outcomes for Gypsies and Travellers.

16/11/2011

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The future for tenant scrutiny

John Thornhill examines the latest developments in tenant scrutiny and how housing organisations can make it a success.

14/11/2011

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New qualification will help tenants live more sustainably

CIH has developed a new qualification to help residents reduce their carbon footprint.

09/11/2011

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Housing organisations are opening up to disabled professionals

A scheme from CIH is helping disabled people to work in housing.

07/11/2011

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Welfare reform

What will the Welfare Reform Bill mean for tenants and housing organisations.

26/10/2011

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Making a positive difference

Housing and Disability Equality - A New Approach. This article first appeared in the January 2010 issue of 'Housing' the magazine for CIH members.

05/02/2010

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