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Young people's future health and the private rented sector

This morning the Health Foundation published the final report from its Young people's future health inquiry. CIH was one of several organisations that supported the inquiry with research, in our case on the impact of housing on young people's health. In her blog, report author and CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis explains our findings.

16/10/2019

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Driving your asset management ambitions

In the first of our guest blogs from speakers at our North East conference next month, Housing Dynamics founder Richard Medley makes the case for being ambitious with managing your assets.

10/10/2019

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Healthy housing depends on effective post-occupancy evaluation

In our latest guest blog Fionn Stevenson, professor of sustainable design at the University of Sheffield, makes the case for research and evidence-based design, including once houses are occupied, in building healthier and more sustainable homes.

30/09/2019

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We need to take the housing profession seriously

In our latest guest blog, Citizen chief executive Kevin Rodgers gives his view of the crucial importance of taking the role of the housing professional seriously.

23/09/2019

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We need to talk about dementia

World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21 September and this year’s focus is on breaking the stigma faced by people living with dementia. In this blog, CIH Scotland’s Policy and Practice Manager, Ashley Campbell explores how the housing sector can support people to live well with dementia.

19/09/2019

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As a sector, we must do better to help victims of domestic violence

The approach to helping victims of domestic violence needs to change and our new guidance is aimed at addressing that, writes Callum Chomczuk, national director of CIH Scotland.

27/08/2019

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Attitudes to council housing: pride or prejudice?

Late last summer the housing green paper: ‘A new deal for tenants’ stimulated a healthy debate at Waverley’s Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee: “Was there stigma in our housing service and community?”

22/08/2019

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Interview with George Walker, chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator

In this new interview for CIH Scotland, George Walker, chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator offers his thoughts on the new regulatory framework for social housing which came into force in April 2019.

19/08/2019

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A new Framework for supporting people living with dementia

It is estimated that 90,000 people in Scotland are living with dementia and this number is expected to increase significantly as our population continues to age.

19/08/2019

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A ‘Boris bounce’ for housing?

In our latest guest blog, Ipsos MORI’s research director Ben Marshall gives his thoughts on the survey results we published yesterday.

12/08/2019

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My three wishes for the comprehensive spending review 2019

In her latest blog, CIH's head of policy and external affairs Melanie Rees sets out the top three housing issues she'd like CSR19 to address.

07/08/2019

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Scottish Housing Day 2019 makes the case for housing as a human right

Ahead of this year's Scottish Housing Day on September 18th, CIH Scotland's national director Callum Chomczuk explores the possibilities for creating a human rights based approach to housing in Scotland in this new blog.

06/08/2019

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Housing Futures Cymru panel are recruiting

It's now time to recruit more panel members- Are you full of ideas about what the Welsh Government should do about the housing crisis?

05/08/2019

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Why aids and adaptations at home can be life-changing for people with arthritis

For many of the 18.8 million people living with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions in the UK, accessibility is an issue they manage daily. In this guest blog, Versus Arthritis’ head of policy and public affairs Tracey Loftis reflects on the impact that home aids and adaptations have on people with arthritis’ lives and the challenges they face accessing them.

05/08/2019

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Government consultation on domestic violence is an opportunity to make things better

Today MHCLG closed its consultation on the best way to provide accommodation-based support to people suffering domestic abuse, including children. CIH feels strongly that this is an extremely important area of policy where it is vital that the government gets it right. We have been supporting the housing sector to improve its response to domestic abuse with our Make a Stand campaign. As CIH’s policy research officer Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke explains in his latest blog, the consultation has been an opportunity to make further improvements.

02/08/2019

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True terrorism occurs in our houses, not in our streets

In October 2016, Luke and Ryan Hart’s father shot and killed their mother, Claire, and their 19-year-old sister, Charlotte. In this guest blog Luke, who will share his story at CIH Eastern Conference 2019, sheds light on coercive behaviour, which often goes unseen by outsiders, and asks those of us who work in housing to consider the role we can play to protect the lives of women and children.

31/07/2019

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Haven or Hell? A critical debate on the implications of ageing-in-place

Health, housing and social care services assume that older people prefer to age-in-place. While this may be true for many individuals, we shouldn’t assume it’s always the best option for all older people, as occupational therapist Helen Brown of Sheffield University explains.

15/07/2019

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What does it take to ‘feel at home’ rather than just being ‘housed’?

CIH policy and practice research officer, Yoric Irving-Clarke, writes on his recent speaking engagement at the first anniversary event for a recovery hub for street drinkers in Leicester, where he spoke about the concept of housing and home.

10/07/2019

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CIH course gave me deeper insight into how the housing sector works - Niki

CIH’s knowledge management and research administrator, Niki Walton, has just successfully completed our Level 4 housing course. As she waits to be awarded her certificate, she shares her reflections on her year of study.

05/07/2019

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Could Airbnb devastate the housing markets in key cities?

CIH senior policy adviser John Perry considers the latest reaction from major European cities to the rising impact of short-term lets on their housing markets.

01/07/2019

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Report on private renting and mental health provides examples of good practice

The report on private renting and mental health by Tyfu Tai Cymru, as part of the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru and Tai Pawb, found a number of gaps in the current provision, writes Bill Rowlands, housing networks officer at Newport City Council.

14/06/2019

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Make a Stand - one year on

CIH policy and practice research officer Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke has been talking to some early Make a Stand pladges. Here's what he found out.

07/06/2019

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Only Parliament can resolve problems caused by benefit cap

CIH policy and practice officer, Sam Lister, reviews two recent significant developments around the benefit cap.

04/06/2019

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Ban on letting agency fees is good news for tenants

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe says whilst there are concerns that the letting agency fees ban will simply lead to higher rents, the evidence from Scotland does not entirely bear this out.

03/06/2019

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Adaptations for tenants

Paul Smith, director of Foundations, says despite the universal aims of the legislation governing Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), access to adaptations very much depends upon tenure.

29/05/2019

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Why we are using the place standard tool in Hillhouse

In their guest blog for CIH, Kirklees councillors Carole Pattison, Sheikh Ullah and Mohan Sokhal explain how they are building resident engagement in Hillhouse.

28/05/2019

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Housing ombudsman service reflects on 2018-19

Andrea Keenoy, interim housing ombudsman, reflects on her office’s performance and achievements over the past year.

22/05/2019

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Why Housing First really matters for Scotland

In this new opinion piece, featured in the Herald Scotland, CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on the importance of getting Housing First right in Scotland.

21/05/2019

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My learning journey: Stacey Dove

Stacey Dove, who works for Bradford-based Incommunities as part of the GEM (Graduate Employment Mentoring) programme, shares why housing can be the perfect fit for anyone passionate about social justice and human rights.

17/05/2019

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My learning story: Rose Andrew

'I took a module in housing as part of my degree and I was hooked': Rose Andrew, who works for Wheatley Group as part of the GEM (Graduate Employment Mentoring) programme, shares what inspired her to take the first steps in her career in housing.

16/05/2019

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My learning story: Thomas Sutton

Incommunities strategic business lead for customer services shares how the GEM (Graduate Employment Mentoring) programme paved the way to achieving his current role in leadership.

15/05/2019

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My housing story: Rebecca Simpson

"You will find endless opportunities to get involved and challenge yourself": Homes for the North policy officer Rebecca Simpson shares why learning is so important to her.

14/05/2019

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It's time for government to Cover the Cost to prevent homelessness

On the day that Crisis launches its Cover the Cost campaign, CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister explains that thousands of private renters on lower incomes are facing poverty and homelessness because the benefit specifically designed to cover their housing costs is not enough. They live in all parts of the Britain, and among the hardest hit are younger people and families with young children.

09/05/2019

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Knowledge-based responses to hate crime in housing

Hate crime is increasing. It affects all communities. Residents may turn to their housing provider to report, seek support and want action to be taken that stops hate incidents. Kusminder Chahal of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, describes a new knowledge exchange project to support housing providers respond to hate crime.

09/05/2019

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Choose your own path

Mike Fox of Nash Partnership looks at how community-led regeneration in Bristol is being championed at CIH’s #SouthWest2019 housing conference.

08/05/2019

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Become a social housing digital champion

Find out how you can help your tenants get online by becoming a social housing digital champion.

02/05/2019

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Four simple ways to improve your tenants' health and wellbeing

In this new guest blog for CIH Scotland, Dr Steve Rolfe from the University of Stirling and Dr Lisa Garnham from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health provide an update on research looking at the contribution of housing organisations and staff to their tenants' health and wellbeing.

30/04/2019

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Queens Cross reassures its EU tenants over Brexit

In the lead up to Brexit, Queens Cross Housing Association outlines the steps that it is taking to help its EU national tenants prepare.

30/04/2019

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Achieving the cognitive edge?

Ahead of his presentation at TAI Cymru this week, Prof David Snowden, chief scientific officer at Cognitive Edge, writes that wide scale engagement of all actors in the housing sector on a near real time basis offers a real prospect of making a major difference in the nature and impact of service in the housing sector to society as a whole.

29/04/2019

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Building homes will take all sectors working together

Ahead of our TAI Cymru conference, Robin Staines, managing director of Cartrefi Croeso, says meeting housing need requires the will, energy, leadership and resources of all sectors to get what needs to be done, done. The challenge is too great to be left to one sector.

29/04/2019

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Brexit leaves domestic policy in the shadows

CIH head of membership Rebecca Clarke reflects on the impact of the uncertainties that Brexit has cast on domestic policy, and urges housing professionals to embrace the challenge that Brexit presents to think differently about how they behave and operate.

24/04/2019

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Scrapping section 21 alone will not reduce homelessness

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe says the government’s scrapping of section 21 alone will not reduce homelessness. More needs to be done, including addressing the impact of welfare reforms that are so often the reason why people fall into rent arrears.

17/04/2019

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Housing Studies Association conference discusses ‘housing as a site of struggle’

CIH policy and practice research officer Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke shares observations from the Housing Studies Association (HSA) conference held last week which discussed, among other topics, the causes of homelessness, the intimate connection between housing and identity, stigma and social housing, and the tools available to housing academics and professionals to address these issues.

17/04/2019

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Positive developments taking shape in the private rented sector

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe blogs on the scrapping of section 21 and publication of the rogue landlords guidance for local authorities in the context of broader reforms taking shape in the private rented sector.

17/04/2019

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Get involved in our professionalism project

We want to hear your thoughts on professionalism in the housing sector. Find out more in this new blog.

16/04/2019

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'Make a Stand forced me to think about what I could do and what my company could do'

Jane Nelson, managing director of building services specialist MD Group, explains why her company was the first to sign up to CIH's new Make a Stand supporters' pledge to help tackle domestic abuse.

08/04/2019

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The UK Housing Review - Framing the supply challenge in Wales

Matt Kennedy, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru, reflects on the review’s highlights on housing supply in Wales and notes that apart from the provision of funding and business infrastructure, there's need to tackle social and cultural factors that impact the delivery of more social housing.

05/04/2019

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UK Housing Review highlights Scottish supply challenges

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland's national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on some of the key Scottish findings from the UK Housing Review.

04/04/2019

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Open Doors - Reducing Inequality in the PRS

Open Doors in an innoviate Big Lottery funded project in partnership with Tai Pawb and RLA. This blog is by Nazia Azad-Warren

15/03/2019

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Sex for rent: The harsh reality of a broken housing market

As the Housing Woman Cymru campaign to end sex for rent. Katie from Merthyr Valleys Homes tell us the story of the sickening practice of people offering free rent in exchange for sex or sexual acts.

15/03/2019

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Surviving Economic Abuse

By Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director, Surviving Econmic Abuse

15/03/2019

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Government has no moral ground to maintain benefit cap

Responding to the Work and Pensions Select Committee's report on the benefit cap, CIH deputy chief executive, Gavin Smart, says the cap has increased poverty and hardship among the poorest households in the country.

13/03/2019

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Be the change you want to see

CIH East Midlands board chair Emma Lindley shares an update on our Rethinking membership project and challenges members to spread the benefits of getting involved with CIH.

11/03/2019

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My housing story: Rhian James

For National Careers Week 2019, Rhian James, who works for Colchester Borough Homes as part of the GEM (Graduate, Employment, Mentoring) programme, shares why working in housing is so rewarding.

04/03/2019

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Tackling stigma in social housing

Has social housing become stigmatised? Ahead of her session at Total Housing, Grand Union Housing chief executive and CIH vice president Aileen Evans argues that a safe, secure home should be seen as a right – just as much as the right to good healthcare and an education.

21/02/2019

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Together we can solve poverty in Scotland

Ahead of his session at Scotland's Housing Festival, Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores how we can solve poverty by working together.

20/02/2019

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What is Frontline Futures 2?

We caught up with Melys Phinnemore, Development and OD Partner to find out more about Frontline Futures 2.

20/02/2019

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'Housing has become a grotesque social injustice'

The desperate shortage of safe, affordable homes is feeding the divisions that threaten to overwhelm us, says Shelter chief executive Polly Neate. The answer is social housing.

20/02/2019

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Mental health in the private rented sector

High-quality, stable housing is key to maintaining good mental health and vital for recovery from mental illness, says Mind senior policy and campaigns officer Glenn Page.

20/02/2019

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'We are acutely aware that some tenants have been subject to discrimination'

Today's new report on mental health and the private rented sector from Tyfu Tai Cymru is an invaluable insight into the issues faced by tenants and landlords alike, says Tai Pawb policy and public affairs manager Ross Thomas.

20/02/2019

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'We hope this report helps to drive policy change to support tenants in the private rented sector'

Findings from Tyfu Tai Cymru's Private renting and mental health: a way forward paint a clear picture that more needs to be done, says Residential Landlords Association public affairs and policy officer Matthew Norman.

20/02/2019

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Better design for better places: five things I learned

What’s on the government’s agenda when it comes to designing and building new homes? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe reports back from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government conference on better design for better places.

19/02/2019

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'Residents know what the problems are – because they experience them'

Resident involvement is a core part of how an effective housing association should be run, Optivo chief executive Paul Hackett argues ahead of his session on tenant empowerment at Total Housing 2019.

19/02/2019

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Generic vs. specialist: what's the best way of organising housing management?

Jess Page, interim director of housing at Women's Pioneer Housing, gives us a preview of her research on whether generic or specialist housing management teams are most effective ahead of her session at Total Housing 2019.

13/02/2019

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How do we move to rapid rehousing?

Ahead of his session at Scotland's Housing Festival, Fife Council head of housing John Mills shares an update on the progress of the Scottish Government's vision to eradicate homelessness.

06/02/2019

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Smoking in the home: new solutions for a smokefree generation

Does the housing sector have a role to play in tackling the health problems caused by smoking? Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), outlines the findings of its latest research.

05/02/2019

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Eight things we learned from the English Housing Survey and English Private Landlord Survey 2017-18

CIH head of policy and external affairs Melanie Rees delves into the detail of two major housing reports published today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

31/01/2019

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Universal credit - the story so far

CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister rounds up all the latest changes to universal credit – including some which have slipped under the radar.

30/01/2019

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Rethinking allocations: four things we’ve learned so far

Who is – and isn’t – getting access to social housing in England, and why? CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves shares an update from our Rethinking allocations project

23/01/2019

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Scotland’s Housing Festival: Achieving better health through housing

In this new blog for CIH Scotland's Housing Festival, Pennie Taylor, a freelance journalist specialising in health and social care and our Chair for day one, examines the links between housing and improving health.

23/01/2019

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Time to recognise housing as a human right in Scotland

In 2019 we need to shift the view of housing so it is seen as an economic necessity for everyone, writes CIH Scotland’s National Director Callum Chomczuk.

21/01/2019

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Housing sector's role in helping to keep victims of domestic abuse safe

In this new opinion piece, published in the Herald Scotland, CIH President Jim Strang and Chief Executive of Scottish Women's Aid Marsha Scott examine the role of housing in helping to protect people experiencing domestic abuse.

17/01/2019

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Our housing hopes for 2019

From action on homelessness to reforming private renting, the CIH policy team set out their housing hopes for the year ahead.

09/01/2019

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One hundred years of social housing – should it now be a human right?

CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks reflects on the history - and future - of social housing 100 years on from the historic Housing Act 1919.

09/01/2019

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When is a customer not a customer?

In this new blog for CIH Scotland, Linda Moir, former director of customer service at Virgin Atlantic and head of event services at the London 2012 Olympic Games talks about the importance of delivering excellent customer service in your organisation.

08/01/2019

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Why we need a bold target on fuel poverty

As the Fuel Poverty Bill continues to make its way through Parliament, Policy and Practice Manager Ashley Campbell reflects on the need for cross party commitment to achieve real changes.

07/01/2019

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Five things I learned from CIH's tackling homelessness event

CIH policy and practice research officer Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke reflects on the top five lessons he took away from our conference on tackling homelessness and meeting housing need.

03/01/2019

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CIH Cymru calls on the Welsh Government to be brave in face of ONS homeless deaths statistics

'Today's figures make for incredibly grim reading'

20/12/2018

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Top 20 most-read on www.cih.org in 2018

From fire safety to domestic abuse, homelessness and Rethinking social housing, we count down the most-read articles on www.cih.org in the past 12 months.

18/12/2018

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The Big Conversation Scotland

The Big Conversation Scotland took place in the fabulous Arches in Glasgow on 22 November and brought together aspiring housing professionals, to discuss the issues that are most important to them and help them develop their careers.

05/12/2018

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Older people's housing in Scotland

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland's national director Callum Chomczuk takes a look at the issue of older people's housing in Scotland and the need for more accessible housing.

03/12/2018

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SafeDeposits Scotland Trust seeking registers of interest

The SafeDeposits Scotland Trust is a grant-giving charity designed to help improve Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS). It promotes and facilitates education, training and best practice within the sector by funding projects that provide tangible benefits to landlords, letting agents and tenants alike.

03/12/2018

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Tackling homelessness and meeting housing need

Ahead of our Tackling homelessness and meeting housing need conference next week, CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves reflects on the progress the sector has made 2018 and the challenges ahead.

30/11/2018

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Mental health and private renting – take part in our new research

The Tyfu Tai Cymru project has commissioned Tai Pawb to research ways to improve mental health support for both landlords and tenants in the private rented sector.

21/11/2018

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CIH Cymru presents evidence to UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, has been visiting the UK to engage with the public, third sector organisations, government bodies and politicians to build up a contemporary picture of poverty.

20/11/2018

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'Safeguarding is everyone’s business'

As National Safeguarding Adults Week gets underway, we're adding a new section dedicated to safeguarding to our online knowledge hub for CIH members. Senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis explains why everyone in housing needs to understand the vital role they have in safeguarding adults with care and support needs who are at risk of abuse or neglect.

20/11/2018

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What England could learn from the Scottish approach to regulation

The Social Housing Green Paper suggests the Scottish approach to regulation could be considered for use south of the border. In this new piece, originally published in Inside Housing, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell explains which parts of the system in Scotland are worth a look.

20/11/2018

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‘Who is and isn’t getting access to social housing, and why?’

Keeping the debate on rethinking allocations live is policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

19/11/2018

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A budget to build on

Matthew Kennedy, policy and public affairs manager CIH Cymru, looks at the Welsh 2019/20 budget in more detail.

15/11/2018

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Get involved in Talk Money Week

CIH Scotland’s policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn provides an update on this year’s Talk Money Scotland Week which takes place from 12-18 November 2018 and highlights how you can get involved.

06/11/2018

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‘Welcome’ by Neatebox – How to deliver a better, disability-confident service to your tenants

During his work with Guide Dogs for the Blind, Neatebox founder, Gavin Neate, identified poor customer service as a big challenge for people with disability.

06/11/2018

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Tackling homelessness through systems change

CIH policy officer Faye Greaves examines the impact of the final element of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

24/10/2018

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Investing in the housing professional of the future

Matt Hensby, head of tenancy management at Sovereign, welcomes their first cohort of apprentices taking part in our new bespoke, CIH-accredited housing management qualification.

18/10/2018

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Accessible homes across the ages

To celebrate #HousingDay18, Habinteg tenants to tell us about their experience of living in social housing and the impact that having an accessible home has had on their lives.

10/10/2018

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CIH Scotland interview with Sir Harry Burns

We recently caught up with Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde and former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, to get his perspective on the links between housing and improving public health.

09/10/2018

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Discrimination and The Equality and Human Rights Commission - FAQs

With the recent threat of eviction of asylum seekers living in SERCO manged properties in Glasgow, the windrush scandal and the possibility of Right to Rent being rolled out in Scotland, discrimination and housing rights are now very firmly on the agenda. Ross Mathers from the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland sets out some frequently asked questions and useful resources for housing professionals.

09/10/2018

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Perth and Kinross Council pledges to Make a Stand

Councillor Peter Barrett, Convener of Housing & Communities at Perth & Kinross Council explains why they have decided to support CIH's 'Make a Stand' campaign against domestic abuse.

09/10/2018

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Presentations from CIH Homes and Communities 2018

Below you'll find presentations from CIH's annual conference for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 2018

02/10/2018

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The Big Question - finding answers

CIH Cymru’s 2018 high level policy symposium will take a slightly different approach.

25/09/2018

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Scottish Housing Day a chance to highlight positive contribution housing makes to individuals and communities

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland's national director Callum Chomczuk looks at the contribution that housing makes to improving health, addressing poverty, and building communities as we celebrate the third annual Scottish Housing Day.

19/09/2018

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Older people's housing - a question of quality

CIH Cymru in partnership with erosh

14/09/2018

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'Housing organisations should make domestic abuse a central consideration'

Housing organisations should embrace Make a Stand, says WM Housing equalities manager Ravinder Kaur.

12/09/2018

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One week to go until Scottish Housing Day 2018!

With just one week to go until Scottish Housing Day, we’ve provided a short round up of some of the key events that we’ve got lined up to mark the day.

11/09/2018

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Asylum seekers in Scotland - what's the background to the SERCO contract issues?

In this new article for CIH Scotland, CIH's senior policy adviser John Perry takes a more detailed look at the background to the recent SERCO contract issues in relation to accommodation for asylum seekers.

11/09/2018

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CIH joins calls for a fairer deal for renters

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) endorses a landmark review of the private rented sector in England, which criticises successive governments for poor policy-making and a lack of strategy that is failing millions of tenants.

10/09/2018

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Universal Credit is not delivering

As CIH Scotland submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee, our policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at some of the current problems with Universal Credit.

28/08/2018

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Reviewing the review

CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Matt Kennedy assesses the scale of the task faced by the Welsh Government's review of affordable housing supply.

28/08/2018

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CIH Vice President: 'The Scottish Government cannot keep paying for a failed Westminster policy'

In this new opinion piece, CIH Vice President Jim Strang calls on the UK Government to reconfirm its commitment to reinstating housing payments for 18-21 year olds.

15/08/2018

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Collaborative working key to helping people live well with dementia

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland Chair Esther Wilson reflects on the important links between housing, health and social care and encourages housing organisations to re-examine their services to ensure that people with dementia are able to live independently at home.

14/08/2018

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CIH Scotland interviews Graham Simpson MSP

CIH Scotland’s deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Conservative MSP for Central Scotland and shadow minister for housing and communities Graham Simpson.

01/08/2018

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CIH Cymru joins forces with housing sector partners to highlight concerns on ‘Right to Rent’

CIH Cymru has joined with a number of organisations to submit further evidence, highlighting concerns over the potential use of the ‘right to rent’ scheme through the legislation.

27/07/2018

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CIH vice president addresses housing and ageing event

CIH vice president Jim Strang was invited to address delegates at Housing and Ageing: Linking Strategy to Future Delivery for Scotland 2030 at the University of Stirling on 2 July. Don’t worry if you missed the event, you can read Jim’s full speech here.

17/07/2018

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Countdown to letting agent registration deadline

CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell reminds members that letting agent applications must be submitted by 1 October 2018.

17/07/2018

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CIH Vice President calls for Scotland’s housing sector to sign up to ‘Make a Stand’ campaign

Following the launch of the CIH ‘Make a Stand’ campaign on domestic abuse, CIH Vice President Jim Strang looks at how the issue is being tackled in Scotland and calls for the Scottish housing sector to sign up to this important campaign.

03/07/2018

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Sign up and show your support for Scottish Housing Day

People and communities across Scotland are being asked to sign up and show their support for this year’s Scottish Housing Day, which will take place on Wednesday September 19th.

03/07/2018

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Tackling homelessness through Rapid Rehousing

Following the publication of the final recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at one of the key recommendations around Rapid Rehousing and Housing First.

03/07/2018

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How do the pieces of the jigsaw fit together?

Winner of The Times Non-Exec Director of the year 2017, Hattie Llewelyn-Davies reflects on a career spanning homelessness services, housing associations, health boards and seal conservation! Hat

22/06/2018

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Thriving places and communities are key to improving Scotland’s health

In this new guest blog for CIH Scotland, Eibhlin McHugh, co-director for public health reform at the Scottish Government outlines the key role that good housing and strong communities play in improving Scotland's health.

19/06/2018

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CIH Scotland interview with Danielle Rowley MP

CIH Scotland’s deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Labour MP for Midlothian Danielle Rowley to find out more about the housing issues facing her constituents, and her top housing priorities as a Scottish MP.

19/06/2018

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Four things we learned from Going digital: gearing up for the future

We’ve been working with Incommunities and Halton Housing to build up a picture of where social landlords are now on their digital development journey and how they are gearing up for the future. CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves examines some of the lessons from the organisations we spoke to.

19/06/2018

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Key lessons from Grenfell must be to listen and communicate

On the one year anniversary of the Grenfell fire, CIH Scotland's deputy director Callum Chomczuk reflects on some of the key lessons which need to be learned in this new opinion piece.

14/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Ciarán McMahon

The Housing Festival 2018 is being organised by CIH Futures NI; a group of ambitious and talented young housing professionals who are eager to show the fun side of the housing sector! In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Ciarán McMahon...

12/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Martin Downey

The Housing Festival 2018 is being organised by CIH Futures NI; a group of ambitious and talented young housing professionals who are eager to show the fun side of the housing sector! In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Martin Downey...

06/06/2018

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Centre for Homelessness Impact launches new flagship evidence tools

CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell, attended an event on 30 May to find out more about the work of the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) and the launch of their new flagship tools.

05/06/2018

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CIH Scotland interview with Andy Wightman MSP

Our deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Scottish Green Party MSP Andy Wightman to get his views on the party's vision for housing, land and planning reform, in this new interview for CIH Scotland.

05/06/2018

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Critical role of housing in supporting people with dementia highlighted during Dementia Awareness Week

As Dementia Awareness Week gets underway, our policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn highlights recent research and practice guidance published by CIH Scotland which shows the critical role of housing in helping people to live well with dementia.

05/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Stuart Rafferty

The Housing Festival 2018 is being organised by CIH Futures NI; a group of ambitious and talented young housing professionals who are eager to show the fun side of the housing sector! In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Stuart Raffety...

01/06/2018

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Getting to know you: Lisa Wilson

In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better! Next up, it’s Lisa Wilson...

29/05/2018

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Getting to know you: Michaela McCusker

In this ‘get to know’ series of blogs we will introduce each member of CIH Futures NI individually – so that you can get to know them a little bit better!

23/05/2018

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CIH Scotland’s Housing Festival ‘re-run’ a great success

Following a re-run of day two of its annual Housing Festival, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn provides a short recap of the highlights.

22/05/2018

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'Much work remains to be done before full Universal Credit rollout', says CIH Scotland

In this new opinion piece, featured in the Herald Scotland, CIH Scotland deputy director Callum Chomczuk highlights a number of concerns from the sector as we look towards full Universal Credit rollout.

21/05/2018

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Social Security Bill Update

Following the passage of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill on the 25th of April, CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell provides an update on the main areas that the new Bill will cover.

08/05/2018

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Why existing homes matter just as much as building new ones

In advance of an Existing Homes Alliance Scotland parliamentary reception on 29 May, CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell provides an update on the work of the group.

24/04/2018

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‘Aye we can’ – proposals to end homelessness and rough sleeping in Scotland

Following the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group stakeholder event last month, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn reflects on the group’s recommendations for eradicating homelessness and rough sleeping, and explores some of the challenges ahead as we look towards implementation.

09/04/2018

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Tackling inequalities and understanding diverse needs must be central to CIH project

Ahead of the first roundtable discussion in Derry/Londonderry next week, the Equality Commission’s Deborah Howe says it’s vital for Rethinking social housing NI to reflect the needs of all the people in Northern Ireland.

05/04/2018

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Blog: Progress towards 50,000 homes

As new research by Shelter Scotland and SFHA shows that Scotland is broadly on track to deliver its 50,000 affordable homes target by 2021, CIH Scotland's policy and practice officer Susanne Flynn looks at some of the challenges ahead.

26/03/2018

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Re-assessing the mission, purpose and values of social housing

Northern Ireland’s housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world says Choice Housing’s Michael McDonnell, in the latest of our Rethinking social housing NI comment pieces.

26/03/2018

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‘Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.’

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

20/03/2018

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NHS Health Scotland looks ahead to CIH Housing Festival

With just under a week to go until the 2018 CIH Housing Festival 2018, Matt Lowther explains how his NHS Health Scotland colleagues are in full swing as they embrace event planning.

21/02/2018

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Join the debate on the future of NI social housing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and practice expert Justin Cartwright takes a look at Rethinking social housing NI and encourages people to get involved.

14/02/2018

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The Clink: Changing attitudes, transforming lives and creating second chances

Ahead of his session at TAI 2018 Chris Moore tells us a bit more about the work of The Clink to rehabilitate through education. At TAI 2018i he'll be telling us more about what housing can learn from The Clink's approach

30/01/2018

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The Clink: Helen's story - In her own words

Ahead of TAI 2018 we've been profiling one of our headline sessions with The Clink, a charity that rehabilitates prisoners by providing experience at a restaurant. This is a case study to accompany our blog preview.

30/01/2018

TAI

CIH NI Futures - your professional network

Tom Potter shares his experience of being part of CIH Futures and challenges aspiring professionals in housing to embrace their ambition, maximise their opportunities and apply to join CIH NI Futures.

30/01/2018

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It’s called the Fringe, but the ideas are anything but

We chatted to Evie Copland, CIH Scotland board member and chair of Scotland’s Housing Festival Fringe, about the radical conference within a conference at Housing Festival. CIH Scotland’s Housing Festival Fringe takes exciting ideas and main stage speakers, and brings them to an intimate space where the formalities of conference presenting are put to one side in favour of discussion and debate.

15/01/2018

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Do democratic structures lead to resident engagement? The case of non-profit housing in Denmark

TAI 2018 will be about how all of us, the whole of the housing team, are the motivators of positive progress. But how do we ensure we live up to the ‘all’ in all of us? We asked Anne Vorre Hansen, Roskilde University, to tell us about resident engagement in Denmark.

02/01/2018

TAI

New Scottish tenancy: what you need to know

Our policy and public affairs manager, Ashley Campbell, runs you through everything you need to know about the new Scottish private rented sector (PRS) tenancy.

01/12/2017

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Choice-based lettings: let’s get back to basics

A new CIH guide to choice-based lettings (CBL) is timely, according to CIH policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright.

24/11/2017

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What I learned: Welsh Housing Awards 2017

Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer at CIH Cymru, shares what he learned from being behind the scenes of this year’s Welsh Housing Awards.

23/11/2017

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91 per cent of CIH ‘Learning 2 Let’ graduates report increased knowledge in issues relating to their role as a private landlord or letting agent

A new in-depth interim report into ‘Learning 2 Let’ – a certified training programme for private landlords and letting agents developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), with the support of the Department for Communities – reveals a very high level of satisfaction amongst learners who have completed the course to date.

25/10/2017

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Place and wellbeing - the critical link

Lauren Pennycook, Carnegie UK Trust, tells us a little bit about their research Turnaround Towns, which is demonstrating that our sense of place is inextricably linked to our wellbeing. Lauren will be speaking at The BIG Question 2017.

09/10/2017

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Webinar recap: Domestic abuse and technology M

This webinar mini series will provide an introduction to how perpetrators use technology to perpetrate domestic abuse and how to support survivors to stay safe online. It will also highlight how technology can be used to stay safe and safely leave an abusive relationship.

14/10/2019

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Webinar recap: Membership strategy: board members briefing M

This webinar is a board members briefing on the membership strategy and will cover off 4 key areas: Where are we now in membership? What are the objectives? How can we get there? How can we all work together?

20/09/2019

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Webinar recap: Getting your house in order: writing policies and procedures M

Writing effective policies and procedures for your organisation can be challenging. How do you know that you are applying and interpreting the law correctly when needed? Does the wording of your policies make that all clear and easy to understand?

18/09/2019

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Webinar recap: Housing First Scotland M

This webinar on Housing First will hear from Doug Gibson from Glasgow Homeless Network and will be chaired by Callum Chomczuk, national director of CIH Scotland. Members will learn about what Housing First is, what success looks like and how Housing First is providing stable accommodation for those who are homeless and have multiple and severe needs.

29/08/2019

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Webinar recap: An interview with Aileen Evans, incoming CIH President

Hear from Aileen Evans, incoming CIH President, on her priorities for becoming President in September 2019.

16/07/2019

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Webinar recap: Building a safer future

This webinar will set out the key proposals in the recent consultation on changes to the building safety regulatory system which sets out how the government intends to take forward the recommendations set out in the Hackitt Review of 2018.

11/07/2019

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Webinar recap: Open Doors - making the private rented sector fairer for all M

During this interactive webinar, Tai Pawb’s Head of Business Ceri Meloy and Open Doors Project Manager Nazia Azad-Warren talks through the work of Open Doors.

18/06/2019

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Webinar recap: Planning for housing network M

This webinar explores how local authorities are increasingly meeting housing needs directly through expanding their own house building programme.

11/06/2019

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Webinar recap: Understanding hoarding disorder for housing professionals M

Catharine Hinton, Managing Director at Greatest Asset delivered a webinar on understanding hoarding disorder for housing professionals.

05/06/2019

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Rethinking membership - find out what's happening where you are

Our Rethinking membership project aims to reimagine the way we connect with and support CIH members in their local area - get an update on our progress so far in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

29/05/2019

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Webinar recap: Meet the CIH vice president

Aileen Evans, chief executive at Grand Union Housing Group talks about her housing career and what she’s been up to in her time as CIH Vice President so far.

23/05/2019

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What is the housing profession doing for the Sustainable Development Goals?

There is a growing public concern about climate change but awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is limited, writes CIH London region board member, Alan Winter.

21/05/2019

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Make a date with us on June 13

Update from the CIH London board on a forthcoming event with HACT focusing on innovative community engagement and investment.

21/05/2019

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Housing team get ready for charity swim challenge

Staff from housing group Incommunities are taking the plunge to raise money for CIH's Presidential Appeal and are inviting businesses and housing partners to back them.

08/05/2019

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New chair for CIH London board

Faisal Butt, lead commissioner for housing at Barnet Council, takes over from Kate Dodsworth.

17/04/2019

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Getting to know: CIH London board member Dan Short

Get to know CIH London board member Dan Short, managing director at Greenacre Recruitment.

17/04/2019

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Webinar recap: Domestic abuse and housing Scotland

Jim Strang, president CIH and Callum Chomczuk, national director CIH Scotland discuss the changes housing organisations can make when signing up to Make a Stand in Scotland.

29/03/2019

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Webinar recap: Being on the Board - what you need to know

Jo Loake and Simon Leighton from Croftons Solicitors provide an update on good governance, responsibilities of Board members and working with others.

21/03/2019

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Webinar recap: Rethinking membership - get involved

Emma Lindley and Tosin Durojaiye, members of the CIH Rethinking Membership project get your views on what a great regional membership offer should look like.

28/02/2019

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Webinar recap: How to position yourself for a promotion

Jess Page, interim director of Women's Pioneer shares some tips from her varied housing career on how she positioned herself for both internal and external promotions.

28/01/2019

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Webinar recap: Workforce of the future: flexibility and choice M

Rachel Credidio from Aster Group explores the different aspects of creating a flexible culture, with real-life examples from the Aster way.

13/12/2018

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Webinar recap: Supporting 21st century career development

Rosemary McLean, be bold course leader and David North, senior consultant from Career Innovation take a look at Career Innovation's (Ci) latest research looking at 'Careers in the 21st century'.

11/12/2018

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Webinar recap: How to get the most from your mentor

Hear from Eden Bailey, quality team manager at West Mercia Housing Group on her experience of being both a CIH mentor and mentee and the benefits of using the CIH mentoring scheme.

29/11/2018

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Webinar recap: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017 and the effect on a landlord's repairing obligations M

Dorota Pawlowski, senior associate, from Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides an update on the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017 and the effect on a landlord's repairing obligations.

28/11/2018

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Webinar recap: Executive wellbeing/being fit to lead M

Hear from Mary Sisson, business development director at Awbery explores mind, body and leadership wellness; and the issue of burn-out and how to protect yourself and your team.

27/11/2018

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Agility in the workplace

Hear from Marie Jenkins, business owner of Advance your Wellbeing as she explores what being agile in housing looks like and the interpersonal skills an organisation needs to be more agile.

08/11/2018

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Webinar recap: Tackling homelessness through systems change M

CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves and Emma Lindley, housing strategy lead officer at Ashfield District Council and Chair of CIH East Midlands board explore the potential of the Homelessness Reduction Act to spark a fundamental shift in systems and culture that can ultimately drive long-term change and tackle underlying causes of homelessness.

07/11/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Aileen Evans and Adam Clark M

Missed the instagram live session with Aileen Evans and Adam Clark?

01/11/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Denise Kirkham  M

Missed the instagram live session with Denise Kirkham?

01/11/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Geeta Nanda M

Missed the instagram live session with Geeta Nanda?

01/11/2018

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Housing must be at the centre of policy on poverty

In this new opinion piece for Challenge Poverty Week, CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at the role of housing in helping to address poverty.

01/10/2018

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Professional development for CIH members

Check out all of our latest resources to support your career and professional development in one place - including webinars, mentoring, online courses and more.

26/09/2018

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Meet our 2018 Malcolm Smith Award winner

We caught up with Meg Deasley, the winner of the 2018 Malcom Smith Award, to find out more about her housing career and her reasons for undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing at the University of Glasgow.

24/09/2018

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CIH Vice President addresses rally against eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow

CIH Vice President Jim Strang attended a rally on Saturday (4th August 2018) to demonstrate against proposals by accommodation contractor Serco to evict hundreds of asylum seekers from their homes in Glasgow. You can read Jim's speech in full below.

06/08/2018

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Scottish Housing Day 2018

Join us at the parliamentary reception for Scottish Housing Day 2018.

01/08/2018

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All you need to know about Be Bold in Your Career

We spoke to course director of Career Innovation, Rosemary McLean to find out more about the 'Be Bold in Your Career' online course.

09/07/2018

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'I'm excited by the ways data and technology can be harnessed to help us'

What is going digital and how are social landlords going about it? Incommunities chief executive Geraldine Howley explores some of the findings from CIH's new Going digital: gearing up for the future report - produced in partnership with Incommunities and Halton Housing.

19/06/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Aileen Evans M

Missed the instagram live session with Aileen Evans?

09/03/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Chris Grose M

Missed the instagram live session with Chris Grose?

02/03/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Stephani Davis M

Missed the instagram live session with Stephani Davis?

09/02/2018

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Instagram live: Human library with Lisa Pickard M

Missed the instagram live session with Lisa Pickard?

19/01/2018

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Webinar follow-up: #HRChat: all things apprenticeships

Hear from Vanessa Howell, CIH head of professional standards as she talked about apprenticeships a year on; changes and where we are. Kate Dodsworth, executive director of Optivo shared her views on the importance of the changes and where she thinks the sector is going. She also shared some insight on how her organisation is embracing the change.

08/12/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Rob Gershon M

Missed the instagram live session with Rob Gershon?

01/12/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Nick Atkin M

Missed the instagram live session with Nick Atkin? Watch Nick's presentation on the future workplace, the rise of self serve and making yourself heard.

24/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Gemma Stockdale M

Missed the instagram live session with Gemma Stockdale? Find out all the new Under 30's membership rate. #fivepoundfuture

03/11/2017

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Instagram live: Human library with Evie Copland M

Missed the instagram live session with Evie Copland? Find out all about her career journey in housing and advise.

06/10/2017

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Meet new team member Ruth Cullen as she settles into her role as customer services coordinator

We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our new customer services coordinator, Ruth Cullen and tell you about some of the exciting initiatives that we are putting in place for our members in Northern Ireland.

02/06/2017

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Presentations from Making the rental strategy work

Here you can upload pdfs from each of the presentations at the conference

30/05/2017

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Presentations from Living in the city

Below you'll find presentations from CIH Northern Ireland's Living in the city seminar

26/05/2017

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London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

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Presentations from How to build an effective workforce 2016

The How to build an effective workforce event took place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at the Park Plaza hotel, Cardiff.

15/09/2016

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Autumn Statement - call for views

We need your help in our continued call for government commitment to shared ownership.

23/08/2016

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Shared Ownership Week

Shared Ownership Week runs from September 15 to 21 - here's how you can get involved.

23/08/2016

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CIH events debrief papers M

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

01/05/2016

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The Octavia club launch

The Octavia club is a new initiative from the CIH London board, aimed at newer members and members studying for a CIH qualification.

19/04/2016

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Drink think tank 6

Drink think tanks are a forum for CIH London members to debate the key subjects and pose questions on many relevant housing issues. The sixth session in this popular series took place just before Christmas.

19/04/2016

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South East conference keynote: How affordable is affordable?

Having heard at other sessions about the supply of housing, another hot topic for debate was the issue of affordability.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: The growth deal

Within this masterclass there was an explanation about the June 2013 Spending Review which saw the government ask Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to develop multi-year local economic plans, which would then be used for negotiations on 'growth deals' with the government. These deals would see LEPs awarded funding from the single growth fund, created in the 2013 Spending Review.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: Reimagining sheltered housing

This was a lively session. Peter Huntbach of Brighton and Hove City Council spoke about applying an “asset and deficit” approach to understand residents’ needs, whilst Jo Linney of CIH provided an overview of the current risks and the links to the health and wellbeing agenda.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: What’s happening in Whitehall?

With housing having climbed high on the political agenda during recent months, delegates were keen to hear from Gaby Hinsliff - a columnist with the Guardian and former political editor with the Observer - about what needs to be done to keep it there. Gaby acknowledged that there had been a focused shift towards home ownership and that the government’s drive to build new homes does not recognise the need for more affordable housing.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Health and housing

At a time when the housing sector needs land in order to develop new homes, the surplus land held by the NHS could be an excellent partner to assist in the delivery of this increased supply.

17/03/2016

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South East conference international keynote: Detroit & Windsor - a tale of two cities

As part of the South East International Group, CIH members and guests recently visited the USA and Canada to look at large scale, inner city decline and regeneration projects. Chris Moquet, CIHSE International Group and Jerry Paffendorf, Loveland Technologies provided an overview of the visit.

17/03/2016

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South East conference international masterclass: India 2016 – a photographic tour

CIH South East International Housing arranges international visits for CIH members (and guests). To date, more than 40 visits to 15 countries on four continents and over 1,000 people have joined the visits.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Devolution - what are the opportunities?

This was a broad session which covered all aspects of devolution.

17/03/2016

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South East awards: The winners

During the conference, more than 200 people celebrated the achievement of those who had submitted entries for the CIH South East awards.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Walk tall – Simon Weston CBE

Looking back to 1982, the war between Britain and Argentina following the latter’s invasion of the Falkland Islands seems some time ago.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: Developing a commercial approach

This was a jam-packed session where David Montagu from L&Q, Sharron Webster from Trowers and Hamlins and Matt Vosper, Secure Parking and Storage covered a range of diverse models which could be applied to develop a commercial approach.

17/03/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Planning for the next generation - attracting and motivating Generation Y  M

Find out more about how we can prepare for the next generation of housing professionals in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Frontline futures - a changing mindset for service delivery M

Find out how frontline roles are changing in this member-only webinar

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Building your organisation's future leaders now M

Find out more about how to create the housing leaders of the future in this member-exclusive video.

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Perfecting the pitch - packaging housing for politicians and voters  M

Find out more about how to package an easy-to-understand and compelling message in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/02/2016

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Board member recruitment

Could you be a CIH East Midlands board member?

22/02/2016

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Breakfast briefing summary – January 26, Hinckley

CIH East Midlands hosted a well-attended breakfast briefing in January. We were pleased to have CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat present to offer a frank assessment of where she sees the challenges for housing professionals in these days of seismic change for the sector.

22/02/2016

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CIH Presidential dinner

In February, ten representatives from the East Midlands attended the CIH Presidential dinner at the Natural History Museum, London. This was a great opportunity to network with others and to hear from speakers, including CIH President Geraldine Howley and John Healey MP.

22/02/2016

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Lunch and learn: repairs and maintenance – event summary

In November the East Midlands board held a ‘lunch and learn’ event which focused on the subject of delivering repairs and maintenance in the new landscape.

22/02/2016

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Get engaged!

There are many benefits to being a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing - as a member you have access to a wide range of information and resources, including guides and briefings full of practical tips and access to member-only webinars on hot housing topics.

12/02/2016

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Get on board!

From 15 February 2016, the West Midlands board will be actively seeking to appoint new board members for a three year term of office.

12/02/2016

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West Midlands board member profile: Neil Jackson

We hear from WM regional board member, Neil, whose links between housing and acting make for an interesting mix.

12/02/2016

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Health in All Policies - what's it all about?

Did you know that 50 per cent of the factors which determine the quality of a person’s health are social, economic and political? Taking healthy life expectancy as an example, people in the poorest neighbourhoods live on average seven years less long than those in the richest areas and can expect to live with 17 years of life-limiting illness.

12/02/2016

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Legal update - an overview

The West Midlands regional board's first event of the year was the very popular 'legal update', held at Stafford & Rural Homes. The presentation was delivered by Paul Lloyd of Whiteheads Solicitors and the event attracted over 60 enthusiastic delegates. The update covered many of the main pieces of legislation and case law which have been implemented in the past twelve months as well as looking at what is on the horizon for the housing sector.

12/02/2016

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Presentations from PRS Summit 2015

Check out the presentations from the PRS Summit 2105 which took place on 15 July at the Future Inn, Cardiff Bay

17/07/2015

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Leading diversity by 2020 - the challenges

CIH's Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity is calling on housing organisations to sign up to and deliver against 10 challenges by 2020.

24/06/2015

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OneCIH 2015 presentations M

Copies of available presentations delivered at OneCIH 2015

12/06/2015

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Webinar video: Building your resilience M

Find out more about the member excluisve webinar with Ann Burton.

14/05/2015

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Webinar video: Social value – What is it, how do we measure it and how do we build it into our work? M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Perry, CIH Policy Advisor

28/04/2015

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Webinar video: General election 2015 – what will it mean for housing?  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with David Pipe, CIH Policy and Practice Officer.

23/04/2015

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CIH Eastern region conference - save the dates

This year’s conference will be held on 10 - 12 November so make sure you save the dates as it promises to be better than ever!

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: New care home for Bedford

Bedford Citizens Housing Association (BCHA) is in phase one of its £11 million redevelopment located in Kimbolton Road, Bedford.

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Next lunch & learn events

We have another round of lunch & learns coming up in May so here’s some advance warning of the dates.

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: £150k to help local people into work

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP has invested £150,000 into three voluntary and social enterprises to help get local people back into paid work.

09/04/2015

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Building your resilience for success at work

This free short webinar, exclusive to CIH members is designed to help members in their career and support them to succeed. The webinar will be held on Thursday 14 May 11am - for up to one hour.

09/04/2015

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Stephen Cook - Just the job!

Vice President candidate Stephen Cook discusses the contribution housing associations make to the wider economy.

20/03/2015

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Julie Fadden: Our welfare system should provide for the most vulnerable in society

Vice President candidate Julie Fadden shares her views on the bedroom tax.

20/03/2015

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Webinar video:Understanding hoarding disorder M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Jack Moore and Dominique Blundell.

19/02/2015

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Webinar video: How to…promote mobility among existing tenants  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith CIH Specialist Advisor.

29/01/2015

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Webinar Video: Effective responses to anti-social behaviour  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Chris Grose, Head of ASB Advisory Services at Capsticks solicitors and Dave Lockerman, Head of Housing Management at B3Living

21/01/2015

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Webinar video: Voids... Voids... Voids M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill, CIH Senior Policy Advisor

13/01/2015

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Points West: My time as a housing apprentice

CIH South West’s youngest board member Jordan McKenna shares his experience starting out as a housing apprentice at Cirencester Housing

19/12/2014

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The new ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – opportunities and challenges

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has been three to four years in the making, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that all of the relevant partners are on board and ready to go with the new tools.

19/12/2014

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Points West: Homes for Britain – help us end the housing crisis in a generation

The next general election is the time to make it happen. That is why organisations from across every corner of the housing world have joined forces to create the Homes for Britain campaign.

19/12/2014

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Points West: The Other Housing Event

The seventh CIH SW ‘Other Housing Event’ took place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay on 20 -21 November. This popular two-day event was well attended by frontline housing professionals working in the south west and expertly chaired by BBC News home editor, Mark Easton.

19/12/2014

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Points West: CIH SW Conference and Exhibition 15 – 17 April 2015

2015 will be an exciting year for CIH SW’s popular annual showcase event, with a new focus and brand new venue.

19/12/2014

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EM Update: Membership benefits

During 2014 CIH has introduced even more benefits for being a member - some of the most popular benefits where you live included free regional events (including the first ever East Midlands student conference) and free webinars on topics including equality and diversity and tenant scrutiny.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: What does the East Midlands housing crisis look like?

CIH and NHF have both recently published reports that give valuable insight into the housing crisis facing the East Midlands as a whole, but also how this varies from one authority area to another.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: Health and housing event

In November, the East Midlands Board held a very successful event on the topic of health and housing in Kettering.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: 50 years a CIH member!

This year, East Midlands Board Member David Greatorex celebrates 50 years as a member of CIH – we asked him to share his membership journey with us.

18/12/2014

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Webinar video: General election 2015 – our hopes for housing M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with David Pipe CIH Policy & Practice Officer

26/11/2014

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Webinar video: Holiday Pay – Should you be changing your arrangements M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive video with Matthew Wort, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

25/11/2014

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Webinar video: Lean Business Improvement  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Julian Beaney, Business Services Director of Service Matters.

12/11/2014

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Webinar video: Creating sustainable tenancies M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith Specialist Advisor in the CIH’s Making Best Use of Stock team and Sharon France New Tenancy Manager, Wakefield and District Housing

05/11/2014

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Webinar video: Careers webinar – my path into housing

Find out more about this webinar with Elly Hoult, Business Improvement Manager, Orbit Group and Angela Ellis, Head of Community Investment, Raven Housing Trust

22/09/2014

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Webinar video: Progressing your career M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Wendy Murphy of the Centre for Mentoring and Coaching

22/09/2014

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Webinar video: How to increase demand for Hard to Let properties M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Fleur Priest-Stephens specialist advisor, and the manager of the making best use of stock (MBUS) team at CIH.

10/09/2014

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Webinar video: Tenant Scrutiny - getting it right M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill, Senior Policy and Practice and Learning officer at CIH, Andrew Shaw, “Lead Scrutineer” – Halton Housing Trust and Mark Harvey, Housing Services Manager – Halton Housing Trust

09/09/2014

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Webinar video: New Approaches to Allocations M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Josie Wainwright CIH Specialist Advisor and David Taylor, Director for Customer and Communities at Midland Heart

20/08/2014

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Webinar video: Embedding Social Value into Purchasing Activities M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Gary Stephens, Procurement Director, Orbit Services

06/08/2014

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Webinar video: Housing and general election – what we know so far M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with CIH Policy and practice officer David Pipe

05/08/2014

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Webinar video: Housing options for older people: a new role for retirement housing? M

Find out more the CIH member exclusive webinar with Sarah Davis our CIH expert

02/07/2014

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Webinar video: New approaches to tackling tenancy fraud M

Find our more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Fleur Priest- Stephens CIH Specialist Advisor

12/06/2014

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Webinar video: Supporting your tenants to find a Mutual exchange M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith Specialist Advisor in the CIH’s Making Best Use of Stock team and Joseph Hemmings House Exchange Customer Relationship Officer

04/06/2014

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James Caspell - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on James and his campaign

27/05/2014

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Emma Lindley - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Emma and her campaign

27/05/2014

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Nicola Laycock - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Nicola and her campaign

27/05/2014

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Webinar video: How should social landlords manage risk in the new commercial operating environment? M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Afzal Ismail, Orbit Services Executive Director and Amandeep Jhawar, Orbit Services Risk and Compliance Director

22/05/2014

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Webinar video: The difference between being an expert and being a professional M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Dave Bramley Education Officer CIH

08/05/2014

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Webinar video: Social innovation in housing: learning from practices from Europe M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Darinka Czischke, Darinka Czischke Consulting.

07/05/2014

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Webinar video: New approaches to tenant insight M

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 M

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 M

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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Webinar video: New approaches to fixed term tenancies M

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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Webinar video: Learning through experience M

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

26/03/2014

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Webinar video: Developing your people through a coaching culture M

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 M

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 M

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 M

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 M

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 M

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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Webinar video: Building your resilience for success at work M

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

05/02/2014

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

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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Webinar video: Thinking about the future of frontline housing roles M

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 M

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? M

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: Using your CIH membership to help you with your studies M

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

27/11/2013

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Webinar video: The new 'repairs paradigm' M

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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Webinar video: ASB reforming powers and tools M

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 M

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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