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Top 20 most-read on www.cih.org in 2014: part one

From homelessness to #HousingDay, we count down the most-read articles on www.cih.org during 2014, starting with numbers 20 to 11.

22/12/2014

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Let's say Ho Ho Homes for Britain this Christmas

Housing is higher on the public agenda than before the last two general elections, but latest Ipsos MORI polling shows we still have work to do. You can help make the voice of housing heard by sending your prospective MP a Christmas message, as CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe explains.

17/12/2014

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Rethinking repairs

How can social landlords make sure customers are getting a great repairs and maintenance service? Michael Sinnot, head of planned maintenance at Irwell Valley Housing Association, shares what he has learned from Irwell's 'zero repairs' scheme.

16/12/2014

Type:Blog

How to create sustainable tenancies

What's the best way of creating sustainable tenancies? Business improvement consultant Cath Davies shares her top tips for social landlords.

12/12/2014

Type:Blog

What will we become?

Keith Edwards provides an excerpt from his chapter in Welsh Housing Review 2014. In his final week at CIH Cymru our Executive Director thinks we’ve reached a crossroads for the housing system.

11/12/2014

Type:Blog

Housing Awards 2015: celebrating professionals

Housing professionals can transform places and people’s lives says CIH President Steve Stride – why not recognise a colleague’s contribution by nominating them for the housing professional award?

11/12/2014

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Should private landlords be 'amateur border guards'?

New measures requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants started to come into force on 1 December. CIH policy adviser John Perry explains why we are working with a range of other organisations to assess the impact.

10/12/2014

Type:Blog

‘This policy is a disaster for rural areas’

The government’s decision to remove the requirement to build affordable housing on small sites will have a huge impact on rural communities, says Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

09/12/2014

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Anti-social behaviour: is it time for a code of ethics?

Anti-social behaviour practice is changing - Dr Kevin J. Brown, lecturer in law at Queen's University Belfast, sets out the case for a code of ethics for practitioners.

08/12/2014

Type:Blog

Recovery in the housing market ‘with little change in supply’

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long assesses the measures announced in today’s autumn statement and yesterday’s National Infrastructure Plan.

03/12/2014

Type:Blog

Five reasons to enter the UK Housing Awards 2015

Due to the popularity of these awards and the demand for entries the deadline has been extended to Monday 15 December. Here are five great reasons why you should be entering, in the words of some of those who won earlier this year.

01/12/2014

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Welsh talent shows!

Julie Nicholas sums up another successful evening celebrating the best of 2014 at the Welsh Housing Awards.

28/11/2014

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Working for a better housing system

As Homelessness Awareness Week continues, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden talks about what motivates her to work in housing and what it would mean to have a housing system that works for everyone.

26/11/2014

Type:Blog

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill - an end to revenge evictions?

Ahead of this week’s House of Commons vote on the Tenancies (Reform) Bill, which aims to put a stop to revenge evictions, Shelter policy officer Hannah Gousy explains why the issue is so important.

25/11/2014

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Tenancy fraud in Northern Ireland

Could your organisation be doing more to tackle tenancy fraud? CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright looks at the current situation in Northern Ireland.

19/11/2014

Type:Blog

Rolling out the welcome mat

The private rented sector often gets a bad reputation for throwing young people’s money down the drain, but is it really that bad? Robert Flint, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, gives a personal view of what it’s like to be a part of the so-called ‘Generation Rent’.

17/11/2014

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A perfect opportunity to improve housing in Scotland?

Ahead of the Scottish government’s housing conference at Murrayfield tomorrow, CIH Scotland head of policy and public affairs David Ogilvie says many questions need to be answered if we are to have any hope of creating a housing system that works for everyone.

17/11/2014

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Building for the future – why we can’t afford to drop the baton now

Time is running out - we need to deliver new homes at a faster rate, says Paul Diggory, chief executive at North Wales Housing. He reveals why investing in a new town approach could bring about significant returns for housing and the economy.

12/11/2014

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Looking back on the history of a housing movement

From Aneurin Bevan to i2i, Wales has led the way in campaigning for social housing and its related community benefits. Our latest blog, to mark #housingday, is from Stephen Kay who has just published a new book ‘Homes for Welsh Workers’. He argues that it is important to remember the history of the Welsh housing movement, a history which housing professionals, campaigners and tenants can be proud of.

12/11/2014

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Are you involved in the private rented sector? Tell us about your amazing work!

CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright runs through a new category for the private rented sector in the upcoming CIH Housing Awards for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

11/11/2014

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Working in housing is not just a job, it is a privilege

Ahead of tomorrow’s #HousingDay, which aims to help people who live and work in social housing tell their stories, Colette McKune, deputy chief executive of City West Housing Trust, explains why the industry is about so much more than just bricks and mortar.

11/11/2014

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Why I’m proud to be a council house kid

Everyone deserves a place to call home, and for many, social housing has served as a solid foundation to build lives from. Liam O’Connell says his experience of living in a council house changed his life for the better. This is his story, in his own words.

07/11/2014

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Social housing is a force for good and it needs our support

Too often our opinions can be shaped by negative stereotypes in the media. Charlotte Hester, content and communications officer at CIH, spent the day with Northwards Housing in North Manchester to see the real story about social housing and its tenants – away from the headlines.

05/11/2014

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CIH NI welcomes innovative infrastructure fund announced in budget

Northern Ireland’s draft budget 2015-16 was announced yesterday. CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes its innovative Investment Fund, but warns the worst is yet to come for housing cuts.

04/11/2014

Type:Blog

Chartered membership – the hallmark of professional credibility

Reputation matters, which is why professional standards exist to ensure individuals have the right knowledge, behaviours, values and ethical decision-making skills to become a trusted professional. Judy Waugh, CIH’s director of membership and education, reveals why chartered membership is a career move worth shouting about.

04/11/2014

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A better way of handling disputes in NI’s private rented sector

CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden explores a different approach to dealing with disputes between private landlords and tenants in Northern Ireland.

03/11/2014

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Helping a remote island gain its first-ever housing professional

As the voice of housing and home of professional standards, CIH exists to offer the advice, support and knowledge that people working in housing need in order to make a difference and transform lives. Tracy Thomas has become the first person on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic to obtain a qualification from CIH. We found out more.

03/11/2014

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Chartered membership – helping you to reach your full potential

Have you ever considered going down the chartered membership route? For many of our chartered members, it’s been a decision that has elevated them to professional success. Penny Taylor, business development manager at the Considerate Constructors Scheme, reveals why she has never looked back since joining CIH on a journey towards professional excellence.

30/10/2014

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Housing associations stand out from Northern Ireland’s bleak house-building picture

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright analyses the private and social housing trends in the Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2013-14, and explores the supply issues facing the social housing sector.

27/10/2014

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It’s time for housing associations to be recognised

The impact of the housing crisis is being felt across the country, and housing associations are now working harder than ever to promote social value and improve the lives of residents and the wellbeing of communities. Jill Haley, chief executive of Byker Community Trust and chair of the CIH North East Regional Board, says more local freedom and flexibility is needed in order to make an impact.

23/10/2014

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NI housing associations outperforming rest of UK, but will it last?

Northern Ireland’s housing associations are outperforming the rest of the UK according to a new analysis. CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright argues that the government has an important role to play to ensure Northern Ireland remains competitive.

22/10/2014

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The Care Act and housing – working together to improve health and wellbeing

The Care Act represents a big step forward towards a more modern system that aims to change the way people are cared for and get rid of a “one size fits all” approach. Sue Adams, chief executive at Care and Repair England, says a decent home is central to protecting people’s health and wellbeing.

22/10/2014

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What makes Ireland’s social housing budget notable?

The Irish government’s budget announcement last week of €2.2 billion for social housing surprised many, but CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright says the value is found in the detail.

22/10/2014

Type:Blog

Understanding the new ASB Act – essential reading for landlords

In the second of a series of blogs on anti-social behaviour, CIH’s ASB consultant Gez Kinsella shares his thoughts on preparations for the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act which comes into force today and what the delay to Part 1 might mean for social landlords.

20/10/2014

Type:Blog

A blueprint for building the homes we need?

The Lyons Housing Review provides a strategy for building the homes we need says CIH chief executive Grainia Long - but it needs proper resources to put its ambition into practice.

17/10/2014

Type:Blog

'We need answers on universal credit'

Latest government figures show that 14,170 people were claiming universal credit by September 11. Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the roll-out of the scheme is being 'accelerated' – but post-referendum, some people in Scotland think it should be delayed or scrapped altogether. CIH Scotland head of policy and public affairs David Ogilvie explores the issues.

15/10/2014

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Das Rent – learning from the German housing market?

The most popular tenure in Germany is the private rented sector and the tenancies tend to be indefinite. Can the UK housing industry learn anything from European comparisons? Robert Flint, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, takes a closer look.

14/10/2014

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Victims of hate: walk a mile in their shoes

As Hate Crime Awareness Week gets underway, Alicja Zalesinska, director of Tai Pawb, which promotes equality and social justice in housing, urges housing organisations to look at the issue from the victims' perspective.

13/10/2014

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CIH welcomes call to support younger people in rented housing

Commenting on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Private Rented Sector’s new report calling for the Government to review housing benefit and tax rules to ensure younger people get fair access to the homes they need, CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: "Many young people are being priced out of home ownership because of the housing crisis, which means that they are increasingly having to rely on the private rented sector.

13/10/2014

Type:Blog

Take advantage of strong growth and invest in Irish social housing says CIH

The Minister for Finance should take advantage of the strong economic growth forecasts and use next week's budget to invest in social housing according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright argues that alternative finance methods should also be introduced.

10/10/2014

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'Tenants are being judged by the standards of Benefits Street'

Should social landlords be imposing conditions on tenants as part of their tenancy agreements? Council tenant Rob Gershon reflects on the implications.

10/10/2014

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Low cost homeownership poll results

As part of our Ticking the box for housing campaign, which is urging all parties to make housing a top priority ahead of the general election 2015, we invited CIH members to sign up to our new member election panel and take part in regular polls between now and the election.

09/10/2014

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The impact of right to buy

It's just over a year since 'enhanced right to buy' came into effect - and social landlords are concerned about its impact. Chartered Institute of Housing policy and practice officer David Pipe looks at the issues behind the policy.

09/10/2014

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'The housing market is simply not working for too many people'

Housing has once again been making headlines at the Liberal Democrat party conference this week. Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long assesses the proposals that have emerged so far.

08/10/2014

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How providing business opportunities elsewhere could ease the future of housing

London is the city that never sleeps, but with rising rents, overcrowding and the high cost of living, where does this leave the younger generation looking for a home to call their own? Graduate trainee Jon Daley says it’s important to ensure that there are prosperous communities and affordable housing for all. Jon works for the Regenda Group, but has written this blog in a personal capacity

08/10/2014

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Communities matter – SHOUT and make an impact

As we gear up to the General Election, pressure is building on all political parties to put the housing crisis at the centre of their manifestos. Aileen Evans, managing director of Aragon and MacIntyre Housing Associations, reveals why local communities have an important role to play in ensuring that social housing is not kept in the dark.

06/10/2014

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The business case for diversity

What are the advantages of having a diverse workforce? James Caspell, a member of CIH's Presidential Commission on Leadership and Diversity, explores the benefits.

06/10/2014

Type:Blog

CIH welcomes emphasis on building more social homes in new Part V proposals

The government’s reforms to Part V requirements for developers were announced yesterday. CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright argues the reforms could get more social homes on the ground.

03/10/2014

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'Right now it's almost impossible for tenants to find the good guys'

What can we do to improve standards in the private rented sector? Mitchell Platt, who set up a landlord review website after moving into a student house that turned out to be infested with bedbugs, tells us his story.

03/10/2014

Type:Blog

Make an impact – join us on a journey to success

When it comes to standing out from the crowd, chartered membership leads the way. We caught up with Peter Bond and Carol Matthews who reveal how chartered membership helped to boost their careers and put them on a path to success.

02/10/2014

Type:Blog

The land struggle in Israel

Hadeel Abu Hussein, PhD candidate in international human rights law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway tells us about land law and housing rights in East Jerusalem.

29/09/2014

Type:Blog

'We welcome focus on supply and affordability but we have serious concerns'

The Conservative party has announced plans to give first-time buyers under 40 a 20 per cent discount on 100,000 new homes – but how would the scheme work in practice? Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long has some concerns.

27/09/2014

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Play analyses the impact of the bedroom tax

A short play, looking at one woman's struggle with the bedroom tax, is being staged at an evening exmaining the impact of the policy. Gillian Parsons, writer and performer, blogs for us on what motivated her to put together the piece.

26/09/2014

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The power of mentoring

Mentoring can play a big part in helping to shape your future career. Our 2013 Rising Stars competition winner Peter Bond says the advice and support he has gained from his mentors has resulted in doors opening to a host of new opportunities.

24/09/2014

Type:Blog

Developer contributions could help build more social homes, says CIH NI

We think getting private developers to contribute towards affordable housing could help to get more social homes built and help to create mixed and sustainable communities, as we have seen from the various systems used in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

23/09/2014

Type:Blog

Housing jobs and jobs from housing

On day two of Employment and Skills Week our guest blogger, Sioned Hughes, Community Housing Cymru, looks at housing's record as not only an employer, but in generating employment opportunities.

23/09/2014

Type:Blog

Road shows on services for private landlords

A number of road shows are being held over the next month which seek to engage with private landlords and provide information on local floating support services linked to a new scheme for the homeless.

22/09/2014

Type:Blog

Homes for Britain needs you!

As party conference season kicks off, CIH is backing the Homes for Britain campaign, which is calling on all parties to commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation. CIH chief executive Grainia Long explains why it’s time to take action.

22/09/2014

Type:Blog

Do qualifications for landlords really affect standards?

In Northern Ireland, CIH has been delivering a qualification for private landlords for more than two years now, and our evidence says that it does. CIH NI operations and development manager Ruth Allen explains.

19/09/2014

Type:Blog

Are you ready for the new ASB Act?

In the first of a series of blogs on anti-social behaviour, CIH consultant Gez Kinsella talks us through the new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act and asks some important questions.

19/09/2014

Type:Blog

'Neither side has done enough to explain what it will mean for housing'

Yes or no – how will the Scottish independence referendum vote affect housing? Neither side of the debate has explained the implications clearly, according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) members in Scotland. David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, explores the results of our survey.

18/09/2014

Type:Blog

'Whatever else happens, we need more homes'

Catherine Lowe, interim CIH Scotland director, looks back to the Scottish referendum of 1979 and considers the parallels with today's vote.

18/09/2014

Type:Blog

Housing at the crossroads: new Housing Ireland journal

What’s happening in housing in Ireland? CIH's latest Housing Ireland journal, published today and featuring a new design, analyses the recommendations of two major housing reports published since the previous edition. Editor Justin Cartwright explains.

17/09/2014

Type:Blog

Shared ownership: breaking down the barriers

With the cost of renting on the rise, could shared ownership be a truly affordable way of owning your own home? CIH specialist adviser Charlotte Smith says a number of barriers need to be overcome to help increase shared ownership at scale.

12/09/2014

Type:Blog

Unintended outcomes: when the problem lies in the solution

There’s a worrying link forming between the ending of assured shorthold tenancies and a rise in homelessness, says John Thornhill, CIH senior policy and practice officer. He offers up a number of action points that the government and local authorities should take to help address the issue.

11/09/2014

Type:Blog

Reaching for the stars

Four years ago, we launched a competition to highlight and reward the efforts of talented and committed housing professionals from all over the UK. We catch up with two previous winners - James Caspell and Peter Bond.

08/09/2014

Type:Blog

Whither housing after the referendum?

Whatever the outcome of next week’s vote, Keith Anderson, Chair of CIH Scotland and chief executive of Port of Leith Housing Association, says we have much to do to provide the people of Scotland with decent homes at a price they can afford.

08/09/2014

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'The best option is to get rid of the bedroom tax'

MPs discussed the bedroom tax and affordable housing today as Lib Dem MP Andrew George’s Affordable Homes Bill was debated in the House of Commons. CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart takes a look at the arguments.

05/09/2014

Type:Blog

Data protection: managing risk and delivering savings

Trish Bailey, information governance specialist at Orbit Group, tells us how Orbit bounced back from a data protection breach to deliver savings and improve staff training.

05/09/2014

Type:Blog

Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland, says CIH NI

The bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering across Great Britain, says CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright. The policy isn’t fair, doesn’t work and shouldn’t be introduced in Northern Ireland.

03/09/2014

Type:Blog

The triple threat

Ahead of the publication of this years Welsh Housing Review, guest contributor Neil Howell of Housing Leadership Cymru blogs on the challenges facing local authorities, in light of the Williams report. @housingleaders

03/09/2014

Type:Blog

How will the referendum affect what we need for housing?

Whatever the outcome of this month's vote on independence, CIH member Lynn McCulloch says the industry needs to keep finding ways to fund more housing during tough times.

02/09/2014

Type:Blog

Back to school...for everyone!

Marking the beginning of the academic year Sonia Dorothy, learning and development co-ordinator, argues that we should start thinking of the autumn as a time to celebrate the new!

01/09/2014

Type:Blog

A fair deal for tenants and landlords

Incentives would encourage private landlords to raise their game and improve standards for generation rent, says Resolution Foundation deputy chief executive Vidhya Alakeson.

30/08/2014

Type:Blog

Tackling hate crime head on

Taking a proactive approach to preventing and tackling hate crime is a must if you want to see results. Jack Moore from Moore Training Solutions in Northern Ireland says it’s time to make a difference.

29/08/2014

Type:Blog

Great British Benefits Street

In the second of our Welsh Housing Review contributor blogs Michelle Reid and Michala Rudman talk about media impact - out of the freezer and in to the fire!

29/08/2014

Type:Blog

Doing governance

Ahead of publication of the Welsh Housing Review 2014, contributors and culture vultures Alison Inman and Tamsin Stirling go on a mission to uncover new intelligence on good governance.

27/08/2014

Type:Blog

Yes or no – how will the referendum vote affect housing?

Will housing get a mention in tonight’s TV debate on the Scottish referendum? Parkhead Housing Association chief executive and CIH Governing Board member Jim Strang says it needs to be higher on the agenda ahead of the big vote next month.

25/08/2014

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'It's not how old you are that counts but how you are old'

Much more needs to be done to meet the housing needs of our ageing population, says CIH director of health and wellbeing Domini Gunn ahead of our conference on delivering housing solutions for older people.

22/08/2014

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How safe is your data?

Housing organisations hold a vast amount of personal data about tenants and staff - is yours doing enough to keep it safe? Andrew Myatt, director of communities and housing at Tai Calon Community Housing in South Wales, shares how Tai Calon has overcome the challenges of data protection.

20/08/2014

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Making a “wee house” a home…

For many of today’s younger generation, the possibility of owning their own home is a distant dream. Graduate Jennifer Hope, who was faced with a similar dilemma, reveals how she turned to modular housing as a way of getting a foot on the property ladder.

19/08/2014

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Housing for everyone – the big push

Can modular housing play a role in tackling the housing crisis? David Pipe, CIH policy and practice officer, says that while it works well for some people in certain circumstances, more needs to be done to make sure that there are decent housing options for everyone.

19/08/2014

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Leadership and diversity – we need you!

Housing leadership is still ‘too pale, male and stale’ according to CIH President Steve Stride – what can we do to make it more diverse? Meet the members of our new Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity and find out how you can get involved.

11/08/2014

Type:Blog

Converting statistics to a call for more building

Following the release of ONS numbers on Welsh social housing stock and rents at 31 March 2014 Jon Barnes takes a quick look at how Wales is faring on meeting the growing housing need, through the medium of rugby analysis.

08/08/2014

Type:Blog

Housing benefit and welfare reform poll results

How can we stop the housing benefit bill climbing further? Find out what CIH members think with our latest Ticking the box for housing infographic.

07/08/2014

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CIH NI announces member event on developer contributions

Members are invited to attend a breakfast event in Belfast to discuss the proposals around developer contributions for affordable housing.

06/08/2014
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We bet you think this blog is about you (it isn't, it's about Welsh Housing Awards)

Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest, nobody does it half as good as you Welsh housing, you're the best… HouseMark's Martin Asquith tells us why they're so happy to support sharing good practice at Welsh Housing Awards 2014.

04/08/2014

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Dementia: raising awareness among housing staff

Many housing associations have been changing their support services in response to increasing numbers of residents that have been showing signs of dementia. Roger Keller, head of education at CIH, and Sarah Davis, CIH senior policy and practice officer, say this important work has not gone unrecognised.

01/08/2014

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Losing social homes means we are storing up trouble

Our analysis has revealed that England lost almost 35,000 social homes in a year. Chartered Institute of Housing policy adviser John Perry examines the reasons behind the decline and looks ahead to the future.

30/07/2014

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Giving a voice to the social housing community

So much change has taken place across the social housing industry recently that tenants as well as housing organisations have been left feeling rather bewildered. Cym D’Souza, new chair of BMENational and chief executive of Arawak Walton Housing Association, discusses which way the industry should turn in addressing the needs of residents and communities.

29/07/2014

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The next “generation rent”

Has the baby boom generation really had it all? Robert Flint, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, examines why the over 65s are privately renting in increasingly large numbers.

25/07/2014

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English Housing Survey reflects growing inequality

The latest English Housing Survey household report is a fascinating snapshot of how people are living across the country. But sadly its findings are not surprising – they confirm the increasing pressure on housing costs for people who live in all tenures, says CIH policy services manager Melanie Rees.

24/07/2014

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Safeguarding adults – are you ready for April 2015?

Work surrounding safeguarding adults is becoming more and more complex, with increasing numbers of “hard-to-solve” cases as well as changes to the law, policy and practice. From April 2015, all housing providers must have adult safeguarding policies and procedures in place as well as knowledgeable and trained staff, says Imogen Parry, co-chair of the Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance.

22/07/2014

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Universal Credit: the dawn of a new era

Universal Credit, which will replace six separate benefits by 2017, is being rolled out in phases across Great Britain. We caught up with Deven Ghelani, director of Policy in Practice, to ask his views on the delivery of the programme.

21/07/2014

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Why changing the borrowing rules is still a top priority

How do we boost the supply of new homes? John Perry, CIH policy adviser, says the options for change in the run-up to the general election have never been greater. Here he sets out why changing the borrowing rules is an option worth considering.

18/07/2014

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New report shows impact of bedroom tax

It’s been clear for some time that the bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people, says Chartered Institute of Housing director of policy and practice Gavin Smart. Now a government report appears to confirm initial fears about the policy.

16/07/2014

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Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

With the summer holidays now upon us, how can housing providers better meet the needs of the low-income families they house? Caroline Wolhuter, head of policy and research at Ashram Housing Association, says commitment is the key to reversing current child poverty trends.

15/07/2014

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'Build it and they will come!'

Don't look at the barriers to employing graduates says former Chartered Institute of Housing Rising Star Pete Bond, who works for Regenda - just get on with it!

11/07/2014

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Unblocking Housing Supply: new CIH NI report for members

This new report aims to summarise the views that were expressed at Unblocking Housing Supply, the most recent event from CIH NI to explore how we can build more homes, and to suggest next steps.

02/07/2014
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Time to make the voice of housing heard

With less than a year to go to the general election, now is the time to engage with politicians from all parties and shout as loud as we can about the vital importance of housing, says Chartered Institute of Housing director of policy and practice Gavin Smart.

01/07/2014

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‘Our housing system is becoming more and more unequal’

The increasing inequality in our housing system is taking its toll – it’s time to take action, says CIH chief executive Grainia Long ahead of her keynote speech at Housing 2014 today.

24/06/2014

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Developing housing GEMs

Should housing be doing more to attract and develop graduate talent? Amanda Livermore and Nazia Jabeen from the Centre for Partnership share the aims of the centre's GEM (graduate employment and mentoring) programme.

19/06/2014

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CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness.

18/06/2014

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Complaints reform: one year on

It’s now been a full year since the Localism Act gave councillors, MPs and recognised tenant panels (‘designated persons’) a new role in helping to resolve complaints about social landlords. CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe looks at how the new system is working.

18/06/2014

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Why we should give a monkeys about the PRS

Ahead of CIH Cymru’s 3rd annual PRS summit Julie Nicholas asks the difficult question: When is a primate like a privately rented home?

12/06/2014

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Kettering Borough Council’s ‘open house’

Has your organisation seen a fall in demand for certain types of home as a result of welfare reform? CIH specialist adviser Charlotte Smith outlines the innovative ‘open house’ approach Kettering Borough Council has taken to tackle this emerging problem.

12/06/2014

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CIH NI welcomes proposals for developer contributions

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright reviews the long road to proposals for developer contributions. He says the policy will provide both social housing and balanced communities.

11/06/2014

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The young 'uns

Housing isn't providing enough opportunities for graduates argues Thom Bartley - should organisations be looking at alternative ways to recruit new talent?

06/06/2014

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Ticking the box for housing: latest poll results

What do CIH members think of Labour's proposals for the private rented sector? Find out with our latest Ticking the box for housing infographic and podcast.

05/06/2014

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Social housing strategy an opportunity for new regulator

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government’s Social Housing Strategy must facilitate independent regulation, professionalism and choice for tenants, says CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright.

04/06/2014

Type:Blog

Housing education in Africa

Michelle Adeyinka, president of the Nigeria-UK Housing Society (NUHS), shares the society's vision to change the way affordable housing is provided in Africa.

02/06/2014

Type:Blog

All things being equal TAI 2014 was an education

Our student placement, and housing newbie, Sam Morgan from Cardiff Metropolitan University, was given free rein to roam around TAI 2014 with a mission to write a blog about housing and equality. Here’s what he had to say:

30/05/2014

Type:Blog

Adult safeguarding for housing staff

Housing staff are vital partners in safeguarding adults with care and support needs - and could be playing a more effective role says Elaine Cass, practice development manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

27/05/2014

Type:Blog

'Housing must stand together'

The UK Housing Review 2014 is packed with evidence of the housing crisis, says Orbit Group executive director of futures Boris Worrall - giving us the ammunition we need to call for a complete overhaul of the industry in terms of how we conceive, fund and deliver housing.

22/05/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: Improving the private rented sector

With more and more people living in the private rented sector, what can be done to tackle rising rents and variable standards? Vidhya Alakeson, deputy chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, shares her views ahead of CIH's Private rented sector conference on 5 June.

20/05/2014

Type:Blog

Enterprising culture

Unity Housing's social enterprise Unity Enterprise aims to boost economic wellbeing and regenerate inner city neighbourhoods by providing affordable offices and workspaces across Leeds. Wayne Noteman, Unity's development director, explains how the project works.

19/05/2014

Type:Blog

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

The Department for Social Development’s proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty, says CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright.

12/05/2014

Type:Blog

Market rent case study: Derwent Living

Letting homes at market rents is a new venture for many social landlords – what can they learn from the organisations which have been doing it for longer? Policy and practice officer David Pipe visited Derwent Living to find out.

12/05/2014

Type:Blog

Speaker's hub: housing goes digital #hgd14

We asked Halton Housing Trust chief executive Nick Atkin (@nickatkin_hht) for his views on the digital revolution and the business and social case for change.

08/05/2014

Type:Blog

Time to spring into action

Julie Nicholas suggests we need to get more vocal about the housing crisis and grow support for new homes.

08/05/2014

Type:Blog

Spain: seven years after the housing bubble burst

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre-Aznar of Rovira i Virgili University tells us about life after the Spanish property bubble.

06/05/2014

Type:Blog

Better private rented sector must be part of overall mix

Today Labour leader Ed Miliband announced that, if his party wins the 2015 general election, it will cap rent increases in the private rented sector, introduce longer-term three-year tenancies, and ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants. The proposals are interesting says CIH chief executive Grainia Long - but can only ever be part of the mix if we really want to get to grips with the housing crisis.

01/05/2014

Type:Blog

Ticking the box for housing: first poll results

We asked our member election panel what they think would be the best ways to increase the number of new homes we build - check out our infographic and listen to our podcast to find out the results.

01/05/2014

Type:Blog

How important is fire safety in your organisation?

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to fire safety, writes housing consultant and CIH London Board Vice Chair Jan Taranczuk.

01/05/2014

Type:Blog

What’s the story: Council Homes Chat?

A new campaign set-up by three Welsh Housing Professionals has taken off in the last week. Council Homes Chat was set up by Cheryl Tracy, Michala Rudman, Michelle Reid and Elisa Faulkner, who work in four different housing organisations, and who got together to fight back and stand up for social housing. This is their story.

30/04/2014

Type:Blog

SPPS must clear the way for house building

The Department of the Environment’s draft Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) must be improved to boost housing supply and create shared spaces, says CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright.

29/04/2014

Type:Blog

Rising Stars 2014: Who will get your vote?

What makes this year's Rising Stars finalists tick? Find out more about James Caspell, Nicola Laycock and Emma Lindley and cast your vote.

28/04/2014

Type:Blog

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

Type:Blog

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

Type:TAI

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

Type:TAI

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

Type:TAI

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

Type:TAI

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

Type:TAI

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

Type:TAI

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

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

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

Type:TAI

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

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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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

The feeling’s mutual (or maximising the benefits, maximising the rewards for us both)

Associate consultant Dave Smethurst throws down the gauntlet and shares his experience of working with CIH consultancy.

17/12/2014

Type:Feature

Member profile: Chris Pinson-Bradley

How do you get into housing after studying for a chemistry degree? Read current West Midlands Board Chair Chris Pinson-Bradley’s story to find out!

16/12/2014

Type:Feature

WM Impact: Churches come to the aid of Shropshire women’s refuge

Churchgoers in Shropshire have been praised after coming to the aid of victims of domestic violence.

16/12/2014

Type:Feature

WM Impact: Health and housing workshop

Showell Court Extra Care scheme in Wolverhampton was an impressive venue for the latest in our occasional series of events to help CIH members stay up to date with the fast-changing world of health and social care, make a difference for communities and develop business opportunities.

16/12/2014

Type:Feature

Ticking the box for housing

How do we create a housing system that works for everyone? Here's what we think all political parties should be concentrating on ahead of the general election in 2015.

15/12/2014

Type:Feature

Member election panel survey

Take a look at the results of our recent Member Election Panel survey, showing which our members thought were the best and worst policies for housing from the three main parties.

11/12/2014
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Three good reasons to start your Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice

Thinking about taking the next step in your housing career? Not sure where to start? We spoke to three young housing professionals who have recently embarked on their Level 3 certificates in housing practice to find out what encouraged them and how they are coping with working and learning.

11/12/2014

Type:Feature

Webinar video: General election 2015 – our hopes for housing

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

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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CIH London launches SHAPE

What needs to be done to make housing in London more affordable? The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) London Board has launched SHAPE, which sets out its housing policy priorities.

18/11/2014

Type:Feature

Working together to make a difference

Social housing in England offers a strong and valuable safety net for vulnerable groups and should continue to do so, which is why social housing regulation is so important. Phil Morgan, former senior regulator, and Janet Hale, an independent adviser on governance, explain how their latest project can help landlords looking to improve their governance and decision-making.

14/11/2014

Type:Feature

What does working in housing mean?

Tell someone you work in housing and you probably get a blank look - so what does it actually mean and why do people love it? We collected just a sample of tweets from yesterday's #HousingDay.

13/11/2014

Type:Feature

Webinar video: Lean Business Improvement

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

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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Northwards Housing visit was a fantastic experience

Staff from Coventry HQ recently visited Northwards Housing, a not-for-profit company managing city council homes in North Manchester, to find out more about all the good work it is doing in helping to put the tenant's needs first.

05/11/2014

Type:Feature

CIH Midlands Awards winners 2014

Congratulations to all the brilliant winners at this year's CIH Annual Midlands Awards.

27/10/2014

Type:Feature

Housing at the party conferences 2014

Catch up with our reaction to all the major housing announcements at the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences.

03/10/2014

Type:Feature

Introducing the new Apprentice Awards

As a result of a drop in the number of academic housing courses on offer, the South West region has reviewed its current student award structure. To date, awards have been given annually to the best undergraduate, post graduate and distance learners in the region.

29/09/2014

Type:Feature

Stroud District Council holds its first District Money Forum

On 19 September, Stroud District Council and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) held the inaugural Stroud District Money Forum at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud.

29/09/2014

Type:Feature

South West Away Day

The South West Board held its annual Away Day in Torquay in May.

29/09/2014

Type:Feature

Stroud District Council holds its first mutual exchange event

Housing organisations and residents came together recently to discuss mutual exchange of homes.

29/09/2014

Type:Feature

Support for social housing tenants

MoneyWise HomeSafe, funded by the BIG Lottery, is now able to support all social housing tenants in the Norwich area.

24/09/2014

Type:Feature

Major milestone for innovative housing service

The 1000th tenancy under Norwich City Council’s LetNCC scheme has been completed at City Hall.

24/09/2014

Type:Feature

Study visit to Bury St Edmunds

On a very hot day in July, we met at a community centre in Bury St Edmunds before setting off on our walking tour that was kindly organised and hosted by Havebury Housing Partnership.

24/09/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Meet your board (part two)

In the last edition, we introduced a few of your Eastern Regional Board members. Now it’s time to meet the other friendly faces which make up the board.

24/09/2014

Type:Feature

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

Type:Feature

Webinar video: Progressing your career

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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Scotland decides

On 18 September 2014, Scotland made a decision on the country’s future and answered no to the question: should Scotland be an independent country?

15/09/2014

Type:Feature

Tell us your experiences of diversity in housing

Housing professionals and organisations are being invited to share their experiences to improve the diversity of housing industry leaders. The Chartered Institute of Housing’s Presidential Commission on Leadership and Diversity was announced earlier this year and is now making a call for evidence.

10/09/2014

Type:Feature

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

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

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

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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New Governing Board members at CIH

Two new Governing Board members have been chosen by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

20/08/2014

Type:Feature

Webinar video: Embedding Social Value into Purchasing Activities

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

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

05/08/2014
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50 years in housing: John Earnshaw

We caught up with housing, regeneration and crime reduction consultant John Earnshaw, who celebrates his 50th year as a CIH member in 2014.

25/07/2014

Type:Feature

The complaints process: are we getting it right?

Word on the grapevine is that the new complaints procedure relating to social landlords isn’t working as well as anticipated. Has the introduction of the “designated person” actually seen more complaints resolved at local level? We explore the issues one year on.

22/07/2014

Type:Feature

Update on changes at CIH

As you know, CIH has been making changes to its structure with the aim of continuing to improve services to members across the UK and further afield. Having made changes to our approach in England in 2013 and earlier this year, we are now in a position to announce our new structures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

16/07/2014

Type:Feature

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

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

02/07/2014
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Housing 2014: state of the nation infographic

How do renters and home owners stack up when it comes their views on housing? Check out our infographic which gives a snapshot of the new Chartered Institute of Housing/Ipsos MORI poll on the cost of housing.

21/06/2014

Type:Feature

Webinar video: New approaches to tackling tenancy fraud

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

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

Type:Feature

Emma Lindley - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Emma and her campaign

27/05/2014

Type:Feature

Nicola Laycock - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Nicola and her campaign

27/05/2014

Type:Feature

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

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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He's done it!

After recovering from completing the Marathon des Sables (156 miles across the Sahara Desert) in aid of Presidential Appeal 2013-14 charity Child Poverty Action Group, CIH member Steve Smedley gives us the lowdown on his amazing experience.

21/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Financial help for Bishop's Stortford residents

Circle Housing South Anglia and East Herts Citizens Advice Bureau have launched a series of monthly financial workshops in Bishop's Stortford.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Organisations come together to ‘make money count’

More than 100 people and volunteers from across Cambridgeshire have come together to improve the network of support and money advice on offer for local people.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Rainbow Saver Anglia Credit Union Ltd

Rainbow Saver Credit Union has thousands of members across East Anglia who save when they can, and borrow when they need to.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Meet your board

Find out more about who makes up your Eastern Regional Board and what they do when they're not being your Board members. Look out for more profiles in the next edition of Eastern Outlook.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Norwich City Council praised for landlord services

Norwich City Council has been recognised as a landlord that delivers excellent customer service following a recent inspection result.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: New Housing Options service for Suffolk

Care and Repair, Orbit East’s home improvement agency, has launched a new service for older people living in Suffolk.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Circle Housing Wherry win the double!

Circle Housing Wherry picked up two high-profile awards at the TPAS Awards, demonstrating how they put customers and people at the heart.

20/05/2014

Type:Feature

Eastern Outlook: Ticking the box for housing

This year the Eastern Region policy event will focus on CIH’s ‘ticking the box for housing’ campaign – what are the key areas for this region in the lead-up to the general election?

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Cotman older people’s outreach service

Cotman Housing Association provides older people’s outreach services – which aim to make the support previously only available to people living in sheltered housing available to all – across Norwich. Support services manager Nicky Galwey-Woolston explains how the scheme is working and the results it has achieved so far.

20/05/2014

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Annual General Meeting 2014

Chartered Institute of Housing Annual General Meeting 2014 was held on Wednesday 14 May 2014

19/05/2014
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Webinar video: The difference between being an expert and being a professional

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

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

07/05/2014
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Audit and risk board annual report 2013/14

CIH's audit and risk board has published its second annual report.

29/04/2014
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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

Type:Feature

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: Learning through experience

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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