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Housing Executive sees value in CIH qualifications

Another group of learners from the Housing Executive has graduated with the CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice.

23/09/2016

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Private landlords post-Brexit: avoiding race discrimination

Tom Gillie and Declan O'Dempsey - both barristers at Cloisters - explain how to avoid two types of race discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 which are relevant to landlords’ right to rent duties: indirect discrimination and harassment.

22/09/2016

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Rethinking the business case for tenant involvement

Other customer-orientated industries devote large chunks of their turnover to trying to get customers to talk to them - so why doesn't the social housing sector? Jon Warnock, independent advisor, guest blogs for CIH.

20/09/2016

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Dare to share

Many of you will have lived in shared single housing at one time in your life - maybe a long time ago, sharing a flat with new friends or while studying at university. Now imagine what it would have been like if this type of accommodation had not been available for you.

15/09/2016

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Q&A with CIH chartered member John O’Connor

We caught up with Housing Agency chief executive officer John O’Connor and chatted about his executive route to CIH chartered membership.

14/09/2016

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Rebuilding Ireland: level of delivery must match level of ambition

CIH policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright shares his thoughts on the government’s action plan on housing and homelessness.

14/09/2016

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Preserving America’s great open spaces – and providing affordable housing

2016 isn’t just a special time for CIH – in the United States, the National Park Service is also celebrating its centenary, marking 100 years since the National Park Service Organic Act was passed. But how well-known is its role in affordable housing provision? CIH senior knowledge management and research administrator Niki Walton explains.

14/09/2016

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Qualifications benefit your entire organisation, not just you

CIH Northern Ireland offers a very broad range of training courses, events and learning opportunities for housing professionals from right across the jobs spectrum.

13/09/2016

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A view from the city: challenge and opportunity

Housing providers face a more challenging funding landscape than they ever have. Rent reductions, right to buy and a raft of other measures have put pressure on just about every housing provider to look at their finances. Mark Davie is head of social housing at M&G Investments, which has more than £6 billion invested in social housing - we spoke to him about the financial challenges and opportunities in the sector ahead of his executive briefing on 22 September.

12/09/2016

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How to end chronic street homelessness

Croydon has the eighth highest number of people sleeping rough in the UK - and that number is rising. We spoke to Evolve Housing + Support to find out how its new CR Zero 2020 campaign is helping.

08/09/2016

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My focus as President

CIH President and South Liverpool Homes chief executive Julie Fadden guest blogs for CIH about her fundraising activities for Crisis, how the rest of the sector can get involved and why rehousing 50,000 homeless people in a year might not be as difficult as you'd think.

07/09/2016

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Blog: My housing story - Ashley Campbell, CIH Scotland

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland, shares her housing story for Scottish Housing Day.

06/09/2016

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Housing associations should be more than just landlords

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do, says Peabody’s director of community programmes Veronica Kirwan.

06/09/2016

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8 lessons we can learn from diversity champions in our sector

We're calling on housing organisations to commit to 10 challenges by 2020 - all designed to increase diversity in leadership within our sector. But if you're not sure where to begin, which top tips should you take on board?

05/09/2016

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How anti-poverty schemes are changing lives

Housing organisations are well-placed to make a positive impact in tackling poverty within their communities despite the increasing challenges thrown their way, says CIH senior knowledge management and research administrator Niki Walton.

02/09/2016

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The lower overall benefit cap: what do we need to know?

Last week the government confirmed that the new, lower overall benefit cap will be introduced from 7 November. It will see the total value of certain benefits that a working age household can receive reduced from £26,000 per year to £20,000 (or £23,000 in London). But what will this change mean? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe explains.

01/09/2016

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How important is innovation in our sector?

As part of our centenary year, we’re looking back at the work of social housing pioneer Octavia Hill. At our executive briefing on 8 September, Trafford Housing Trust chief executive Matthew Gardiner will explore whether the sector has innovated enough to meet the challenges of modern social housing. Ahead of the event, we asked you to tell us about your innovations - here are some of the best. Would Octavia be impressed? We think so.

31/08/2016

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Mergers - Welsh housing's most visible change?

The BIG Question 2016 is asking ‘does Welsh housing need to change to succeed?’ There aren’t many changes much more dramatic, or potentially as contentious, as big mergers. We caught up with Amanda Davies, chief executive of Pobl Group, ahead of her session at the BIG Question to find out what she’d be bringing to the stage.

31/08/2016

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Looking at the big policy picture

CIH is in a unique position to look at how housing policy is changing across the UK. With a policy presence in each nation we can take a look at the big picture. So what’s happening, what’s different, and what’s the same? Jon Barnes takes a look at the findings of our recent briefing for members.

31/08/2016

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Getting to know: Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy joins CIH Cymru as our new policy manager this week. We asked him a few getting-to-know-you questions to mark the occasion.

31/08/2016

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CIH and Staffordshire University get connected

Staffordshire University is a leading provider of advice-related higher education courses - and its social welfare law, policy and advice practice degree has recently secured validation from CIH in recognition that the course is supporting the housing profession. Course leader Richard Machin explains why this is such great news.

30/08/2016

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Homes fit for ageing, homes fit for caring

We know that we face a huge housing shortage - but we also need to make sure that any homes we build are fit for purpose for our population long into the future, says senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

26/08/2016

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The value of volunteers

Volunteering is fundamental to the work of housing organisations, say CIH consultancy's Graham Maunders and Carole Forrest of Carole Forrest Associates.

24/08/2016

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Permanent solutions to a temporary problem

Homelessness has risen steadily since 2010 and with it the demand for temporary accommodation has increased too. CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves explores how local authorities can respond in a challenging environment.

23/08/2016

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Why we all need to be pro-fun

Comedian Sanderson Jones will be speaking in a masterclass session about 'Having fun as we age' at October's Homes fit for ageing conference in Bristol. But why does he feel so passionately about this, and what does it really mean? Sanderson guest blogs for CIH.

23/08/2016

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Taking a fresh look at accessible housing demand

New research from Habinteg and Papworth Trust makes the renewed case for building more accessible homes - the organisations' respective chief executives, Paul Gamble and Vicky McDermott, guest blog for CIH.

12/08/2016

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What does Brexit mean for migration and housing demand?

The short answer to this question is we don’t yet know and it will be a while before we do, says CIH policy adviser John Perry. The longer one is that it depends very much on the kind of 'Brexit' we eventually adopt…

10/08/2016

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Spare to share

Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, is 'deeply concerned' about the impact the LHA caps could have on single under 35 year-olds. But social landlords can still help under-35s if they’re willing to provide shared housing, says Rebecca Derham, shared housing best practice officer at Crisis.

10/08/2016

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Solving poverty in the UK: the role of housing

In September, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) will launch a comprehensive plan to solve poverty in the UK. JRF chief executive Julia Unwin argues that the housing sector has a critical role to play in making this a country where everyone has the chance of a decent and secure life, no matter where they live.

09/08/2016

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Blog: Dementia...everyone can make a difference!

As CIH Scotland, in association with Arneil Johnston, embarks on the latest phase of its dementia programme, project manager Lyn Jardine shares some of her reflections on dementia care in Scotland and blogs about the key role of housing in delivering person-centred approaches for our ageing population.

08/08/2016

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An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis.

04/08/2016

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Regeneration: how can we take it forward?

Approaches to regeneration vary substantially from one location to another, but there are a number of common challenges which often need to be overcome. We've identified three top tips to help you push regeneration in your area.

03/08/2016

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Power and place: the importance of first-hand experience

Taking inspiration from a recent visit to Rome Jon Barnes, communications officer at CIH Cymru, reflects on the importance of experiencing a place first-hand to understand it fully.

03/08/2016

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The fight against youth homelessness

In this special guest blog, members of the Youth Homeless Parliament share their views on how proposed government policy changes could affect young people.

02/08/2016

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We urgently need caring homes

Across the UK, there are more than 6.5 million people caring - unpaid - for older, ill and disabled relatives and friends. But the vast majority of these people's homes are 'mainstream' and therefore inaccessible - so what can we do? Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, guest blogs.

01/08/2016

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'The Level 7 can fit around you - not the other way around'

When we found out that CIH Level 7 learner Stan Hall had won the Leicester Business School prize for 'best student performance on postgraduate certificate housing' we couldn't wait to find out more - so we caught up with Stan to find out why the Level 7 has been such a success for him.

01/08/2016

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Honesty and the context for change

Karen Dusgate, chief executive at Family Housing Association, explains why she's putting honesty first at The BIG Question 2016 where she'll be talking change, organisational issues and the lessons learnt.

01/08/2016

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To merge or not to merge?

To merge or not to merge? In a housing sector which is more challenging than ever, that is the question. Geeta Nanda has unique insight; as chief executive of Thames Valley Housing she is in the process of completing a merger with Genesis.

28/07/2016

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What can we learn from affordable housing in India?

Following a trip to India earlier this year, CIH South East international group's Vipul Thacker guest blogs about what we can learn from the country's efforts to improve its affordable housing offer.

28/07/2016

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Coffee & a Brexit anyone?

Liz Maher, of Centurion VAT, previews our upcoming webinar on the implications of Brexit for the VAT system, and what that will mean for housing organisations throughout the sector

28/07/2016

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Apprenticeship Levy – What does it mean for Wales?

In the July 2015 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced the introduction of a new levy on all ‘large employers’ to fund apprenticeships in the Spending review and autumn statement 2015. Kevin Howell has spent some time trying to find out the impact of the apprenticeship levy on organisations working solely in Wales. This is what we know so far:

28/07/2016

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Mergers: what do you need to know?

Are you a senior professional? Is your organisation considering a merger? Our upcoming executive briefing (4 August, London) is specially designed to answer your questions. Here are five reasons why you should attend…

27/07/2016

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Blog: reviewing the Scottish Social Housing Charter

As the Scottish Government looks to review the Scottish Social Housing Charter, CIH Scotland's policy and practice co-ordinator Susanne Webster blogs about the recent series of consultation events and considers what is likely to be included in the new Charter when it comes into force in April 2017.

27/07/2016

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Four new experts enlisted to help CIH shape its housing policy ideas

Ingrid Fife, chair of CIH's policy advisory committee, introduces these new team members.

26/07/2016

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Fortune favours the brave

After being crowned CIH and Inside Housing's Rising Star for 2016, Alice Smith guest blogs about taking risks, self-belief and why she won't waste this new opportunity.

25/07/2016

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Shifting focus onto affordable housing could prevent construction slump

As a number of reports signal a slump in house building could be on the horizon, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat says investing in affordable housing could be key.

22/07/2016

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Brexit and the benefit of time to reflect

As unsettling and scary as things might feel right now, we have the closest thing to a blank sheet of paper we are likely to ever get. Let’s make sure we take advantage of it, says Hayley Hulme of Lighthouse Regeneration.

21/07/2016

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Disrupt social housing, before someone disrupts it for you

We had a quick chat with Peter Hall ahead of his session on disruption, change and the benefit of simplicity at The BIG Question 2016. We're asking "does Welsh housing need to change to succeed?" - here's Peter's take on what that might mean.

18/07/2016

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The council housing finance settlement is only four years old but it needs the kiss of life

CIH policy adviser John Perry analyses the results of a recent report from CIH in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, which found that a plan with potential to build over 500,000 new homes over thirty years has been undermined by successive government policies.

14/07/2016

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For Accessible Homes

CIH joins Habinteg Housing and other organisations and industry bodies to call for government and the industry to recognise the importance of accessible homes.

08/07/2016

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Public perceptions of housing in the UK - what will the housing mix look like in five years' time?

In the run up to our annual conference in Manchester last week, we employed Ipsos Mori to carry out some polling focused on the state of the housing market at the moment and people’s feelings about how it might change in the future. Policy and practice officer David Pipe summarises the results.

08/07/2016

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New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

Figures collated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership, with very little now directed towards helping the eight million households who will not be able to get onto the home ownership ladder.

30/06/2016

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CIH book describes Northern Ireland’s distinct housing market

CIH has just published a brand new edition of the book Housing in Northern Ireland, edited by Peter Shanks and David Mullins. Here CIH policy adviser John Perry, one of the authors, gives a flavour of what the new book offers.

29/06/2016

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Meeting housing need events

Launched by chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE in her keynote address at Housing 2016, this new series of round table events focuses on bringing together housing providers and local government to develop new ideas and solutions to meeting housing need.

28/06/2016

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Demand for housebuilding

Housebuilding is increasing in Northern Ireland, but bank funding remains limited and more training is needed, says David Little, NHBC regional director for Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

28/06/2016

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New chair for CIH's capital board

A new chair has been appointed for CIH's London regional board. Kate Dodsworth, executive director for people and strategy at AmicusHorizon, a G15 Housing Association, takes over from Jan Taranczuk.

24/06/2016

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Being an effective leader is not that difficult, you just have to do it!

Paul Roberts, Newydd Housing Association chief executive, gives us a flavour of his upcoming session at our conference on building an effective workforce. Newydd has achieved impressive rankings in several workforce studies and was recently named as 7th best housing association to work for in the UK.

22/06/2016

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How do you solve a problem like LHA?

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

20/06/2016

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Time to reflect

As CIH celebrates its 100th anniversary and emh its 70th, emh group chair and Emeritus Professor of De Montfort University Jeffrey Knight reflects on a few of the milestones along the way and the relationship between the two organisations.

15/06/2016

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My CIH journey: the executive route

Felix Okene, chartered member and director of operations at Mace Housing Co-operative, talks us through the different roles and challenges that led him to where he is today.

14/06/2016

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Octavia Hill: the founder of modern housing

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the first meetings of the Association of Women Housing Workers and the very origins of CIH. So who was Octavia Hill, the woman who started it all? CIH London board vice chair Martyn Kingsford guest blogs.

07/06/2016

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Closing the digital divide: why rural broadband matters

Many UK citizens are at risk of being excluded by a rapidly growing gap in broadband access. We spoke to Matt Powell from Broadband Genie about how improvements to rural broadband are critical to ensure a significant proportion of the country does not miss out on the opportunities afforded by modern, high-speed internet service.

06/06/2016

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Prevention better than cure

Homelessness remains unacceptably high in Northern Ireland and Nicola McCrudden CIH director for NI & ROI says it’s time to review the legislation

03/06/2016

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Inspiring diversity champions in our sector

We caught up with Tim Seward, who was formally recognised at the Excellence in Diversity Awards last month.

03/06/2016

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Why be a CIH President?

Former CIH President Geraldine Howley explains why the past twelve months have been so worthwhile.

02/06/2016

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Rising Stars: who gets your vote?

The Rising Stars finalists make their pitch for your support in four special blogs.

01/06/2016

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Addressing London's housing crisis

Now that the excitement of the election campaign is over - and Sadiq Khan is settled in as the new London mayor - CIH London board vice chair, Martyn Kingsford OBE TD, takes stock of the challenge the Mayor faces.

01/06/2016

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Let's get to know… Graham Maunders

It's all go for CIH consultancy - we caught up with new managing director Graham Maunders to find out more about his ideas.

31/05/2016

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The big push – it’s time for a full-on housing offensive

In this special centenary blog, communications consultant and 20th century military history enthusiast Ian Hembrow FCIH focuses on some hard-won lessons for contemporary housing policy from the First World War.

31/05/2016

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Empty homes to veterans’ village in a matter of weeks…

When Manchester City Council's Jude Millet first heard about an opportunity to support veterans by bringing empty homes back into use, she knew it was something she needed to find out more about.

27/05/2016

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What’s different about the new apprenticeships in England?

New apprenticeship standards have arrived and they are radically different in terms of assessment and delivery to the ‘framework’ apprenticeships we have been used to. So what are the main differences - and what do they mean for the delivery of apprenticeships? CIH education officer David Bramley explains.

26/05/2016

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Starter homes: CIH's view

Got questions about the 'starter homes' scheme? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe blogs about what we know, what we're worried about and what our response to the government's consultation is.

20/05/2016

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Insights, infrastructure and insults: The fifth national assembly for Wales kicks off

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru takes a look at the recent antics in the Senedd as she spends her final few weeks in our Cardiff office.

19/05/2016

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'There is a need for a new youth housing offer'

We caught up with Anna Whalen of Birmingham-based St Basils, to talk hidden homelessness among young people and why the odds are stacked against under 25 year olds when it comes to finding somewhere to live.

19/05/2016

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What is mid-market rent anyway?

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland blogs about newly commissioned research on mid-market rent, in partnership with Wheatley Group.

18/05/2016

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Presentations from TAI 2016

Check out presentations from TAI 2016, Wales' premier housing conference and exhibition. TAI 2016 took place from 26th - 28th April 2016 at SSE Swalec, Cardiff

17/05/2016

TAI

Housing looks set to be the living standards issue of this parliament

So much of the housing debate focuses on the struggle to get on the housing ladder, but - as part of CIH's centenary series - Lindsay Judge of the Resolution Foundation blogs about why her organisation is most interested in the lived experience of housing costs across the UK.

16/05/2016

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Justified criticism

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was right in its criticism of the extended right to buy, says CIH policy adviser John Perry.

15/05/2016

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'The knowledge I have gained is precious'

Ever wondered what it's like to take on a Level 4 qualification in housing? We spoke to CIH member Paul Beesley, who's just completed his L4 learning, to find out what his thoughts were.

12/05/2016

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Housing's role in the integration of people leaving prison

Read the latest blog from Marian Reid, deputy director at CIH Scotland, on the crucial role of housing in re-integrating people leaving prison.

11/05/2016

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Towards a digital nation: the switch to smart meters

As the national rollout of digital smart meters gets underway, Susanne Webster, policy and practice co-ordinator at CIH Scotland blogs about the potential impact and how the new meters can help us all make smarter energy choices.

10/05/2016

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What is dementia-friendly design?

Waltham Forest Housing Association (WFHA) chief executive Linda Milton guest blogs for CIH and shares her views on integrating dementia-focused design into housing.

10/05/2016

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Regeneration revival

As research by CIH, Poplar HARCA and Sheffield Hallam University's CRESR is launched today (9 May), policy and practice officer David Pipe explains why it's vital that regeneration schemes are developed in the right way.

09/05/2016

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Homecoming - Sue Essex's CIH centenary lecture

The CIH Cymru centenary lecture series was kicked off in style at our AGM on the 25th April 2016 by Sue Essex, former Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services. Julie Nicholas, policy and public affaris manager at CIH Cymru introduced Sue and in this blog she introduces some of the lecture highlights too.

09/05/2016

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TAI 2016 - what next for the Wales Bill?

Patricia McCabe, session chair and managing director of Central Consultancy & Training, gives us a quick summation of Professor Laura McAllister's enthralling update on the Wales Bill.

09/05/2016

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Election results – what will it mean for housing in Wales

After a sleepless night watching the results come in Jon Barnes, communications and marketing officer, and member of the Homes for Wales rally steering group, gives us his initial reactions to the outcome of an exciting campaign for the Senedd.

06/05/2016

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'The topics we touched on were so relevant'

Ever wondered what it's like to study for a CIH qualification? We had a quick catch-up with two Level 3 learners - Adnan Krusha and Repa Khan, of CityWest Homes - to find out what their thoughts were.

03/05/2016

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#HousingHustings16 - read our new panellist blogs

There’s only one week to go until the Scottish elections which means time is running out to make your decision! With so many important issues being debated, we want to make sure our members have all the information to hand before placing crosses on the ballot paper.

28/04/2016

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Inspired by winning ideas

Rising Stars Cymru finalist Jamie Roberts guest blogs for CIH Cymru on his experiences hearing from Welsh Housing Awards winners at TAI 2016.

27/04/2016

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Frontline Futures: One remedy for many ills?

Rising Stars Cymru finalist Louise Kingdon guest blogs for CIH and shares her views on Frontline Futures.

27/04/2016

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Let's keep social housing as the preferred choice of renting

Rising Stars Cymru finalist Donna Williams guest blogs for CIH and shares her views on the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016.

27/04/2016

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Domestic abuse: Housing is an important part of the remedy

Housing power player Alison Inman, chair of Broadland Housing Association, was recently announced as CIH's Vice President for 2016-17. A long-term supporter of CIH Cymru and a fan of the Welsh one-housing system approach, Alison explains why this year she is particularly looking forward to TAI conference.

25/04/2016

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Pledges and projections for Senedd 2016

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru takes a look at the big six manifesto’s for the National Assembly for Wales elections 2016.

21/04/2016

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Do you need to be a superhero to thrive in a housing career?

Former housing head of service Marie Jenkins guest blogs about the importance of paying attention to our own mental health - and why we should make sure we're not trying to be Superman.

20/04/2016

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Big changes to renting a home - what you need to know

CIH member? Rent a home in Wales or work in Welsh Housing? Read our factsheet.

20/04/2016

TAI

Rising Stars Cymru - it's about to get serious!

Before our Rising Stars Cymru finalists are put through their paces at TAI 2016, we revisit their journey so far and find out a little bit more about the candidates.

19/04/2016

TAI

Homelessness prevention…it’s always better than cure

Before chairing the workshop on Wales' homelessness prevention duty on day 2 at TAI 2016, Melanie Rees takes a look at the legislation that's getting quite a bit of attention from outside the Welsh housing world.

19/04/2016

TAI

Where practice meets the law: what do we need to know?

It's a busy week for our South West conference speakers - there's just a day to go before the event kicks off! In among the excitement, we grabbed Michael Owen and Chris Grose from Capsticks Solicitors LLP and asked them about their top tips when it comes to safeguarding, tenancy fraud and fixed term tenancy agreements.

19/04/2016

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Voices from London – housing the number one priority

Housing is firmly at the centre of the Mayoral election campaign in London because of the critical shortage of homes - but now it's not just CIH London members who recognise this.

18/04/2016

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Revolutionary rent collecting

Cath Davies, senior associate at CIH consultancy, talks about the challenges of rent collection and how the latest Working together project might just have the answers you’re looking for.

13/04/2016

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Blog: #useyourvote!

In the build up to the 2016 Scottish elections, Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations at CIH, blogs on what we are asking of the election candidates in our Agenda for Change and what housing questions you might want to ask your local candidate too.

12/04/2016

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Temporary accommodation: the challenge

How can we provide suitable temporary accommodation despite increased demand and economic challenges? We caught up with CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves to find out her views ahead of next week's South West conference in Torquay.

12/04/2016

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Housing's voice in the integration agenda

As the integration of health and social care comes into effect in Scotland, read the new blog from Wheatley Group and Stirling University on their project to fund a PhD studentship titled 'Getting housing and health talking.'

11/04/2016

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'We are denying ourselves access to a wealth of talent that remains unheard'

Why are we seeing such a lack of BME housing professionals in senior and leadership roles? Arawak Walton chief executive and BMENational chair Cym D'Souza guest blogs for CIH.

11/04/2016

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Say hello to… Alison Inman, CIH's new Vice President

Alison Inman, chair of Broadland Housing Association and out-going CIH governing board member, is CIH's Vice President for 2016-17.

08/04/2016

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At least we all agree about something - housing matters

06/04/2016

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Addressing anti-social behaviour: information sharing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright gives an overview of how sharing information can help address anti-social behaviour (ASB).

06/04/2016

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CIH's power players

Monday 4 April saw 24 Housing's 'top 50 power players' list revealed to our sector - and we were pleased to see CIH represented throughout. Let's take a look at who's been recognised in 2016…

06/04/2016

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How can we learn from Gateshead Council's approach to meeting specialist housing need?

Senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis reflects on a visit to the award-winning Gateshead Council, to find out more about its work to meet the housing needs of people with learning disabilities.

06/04/2016

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How can we tackle anti-social behaviour?

Ahead of this month's South West conference, we caught up with Capsticks law firm's Chris Grose to find out what his masterclass on anti-social behaviour (ASB) is all about and how he thinks we can tackle it.

05/04/2016

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What would Octavia think?

Director general of the National Trust Helen Ghosh reflects on the work of the National Trust as we know it today - and wonders if social housing pioneer Octavia Hill would approve.

04/04/2016

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The big conversation

CIH President and Incommunities chief executive Geraldine Howley reflects on an event especially designed for those who are new to housing.

01/04/2016

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The possibilities are endless

Chartered member Alex Morrish shares his thoughts on the CIH North West (CIHNW) career resilience event and explains why it's never too late - or too scary - to make a change.

31/03/2016

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Collective thinking

Kevin Howell, CIH Cymru director, invites members of CIH Cymru to the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales hustings next month, and shares the collective’s new joint manifesto ahead of the fifth term of the National Assembly for Wales

29/03/2016

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The power of a contract

In a changing environment where registered providers are staring down the barrel of rent cuts and welfare reform, the need to be able to manage contractual obligations - and maintain control of margins - has never been more important. Matthew Goodwin, a litigation and dispute resolution solicitor at law firm Wright Hassall, explains why.

24/03/2016

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New data shows that the homelessness prevention duty in Wales is working

Data released today (23 March) by StatsWales evidences that new legislation introduced in the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 has helped prevent 70% of at risk households from becoming homelessness since April 2015.

23/03/2016

TAI

Tackling London's housing crisis: a view from CIH in the capital

All of the candidates in the race to be the next London Mayor know that tackling the capital's housing crisis is critical to success. We spoke to Jan Taranczuk, chair of our London regional board, to find out how they think the problem needs to be tackled, drawing on the expertise of our local members.

23/03/2016

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Budget 2016 – What does it mean for Welsh housing?

During his much anticipated budget speech 2016, the Chancellor said that we must act now so we don’t pay later. The economic forecast was revised down, and there were some major announcements for policy areas in England on education and further public spending cuts. So did this budget address key issues in Wales; tackling poverty, the on-going shortage of homes and building our economy? Kevin Howell takes a look...

22/03/2016

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Addressing the true drivers of homelessness

This week the Chancellor announced a £115 million package of measures to combat homelessness and rough sleeping. While this is good news, the measures fail to address some of the fundamental causes of homelessness, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

18/03/2016

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'The resources CIH provides are invaluable'

There's nothing we like more than happy members, so it was great to catch up with Elly Hoult and Tom Forty of Orbit Group and find out how CIH membership has supported their career development.

17/03/2016

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Beyond the bubble - housing and the public

Ipsos MORI research director Ben Marshall blogs for CIH as we celebrate our centenary year.

15/03/2016

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CIH centenary – taking the long view

The saying 'You don’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you have come from' is very true when looking at housing, says Peter Williams, former CIH deputy director and departmental fellow in the department of land economy at the University of Cambridge.

14/03/2016

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'Who says retired living means fewer adventures?'

Bracknell Forest Homes has opened a brand new extra care scheme for older people - Clement House. Communications and marketing manager Mike Morrissey blogs for CIH about this exciting new facility and explains how it can act as inspiration for our sector.

14/03/2016

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It's all happening this week in policy M

It’s a busy week for Scottish housing policy, Ashley Campbell, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Scotland, gives us a quick update on the latest developments and what to look out for.

14/03/2016

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4 reasons why you should enter the Rising Stars competition

CIH and Inside Housing are on the hunt for forward-thinking CIH members to enter 2016's Rising Stars competition. Thinking of sending your application in? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here's why we think being crowned Rising Star is such a big deal…

11/03/2016

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Homes for Wales: housing rally

Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru, sums up a great day out in the Welsh capital at the Homes for Wales rally.

10/03/2016

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Recognising achievements in housing and support services – NI & ROI Housing Awards 2016

The stage is set for one of the most prestigious nights in the housing calendar. The CIH Housing Awards 2016 will take place this Friday (4 March) at Belfast City Hall and are sponsored by Choice Housing. Ahead of the night, CIH NI & ROI director Nicola McCrudden congratulates the finalists for coming this far and reflects on what the awards are all about.

03/03/2016

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'We recognise the unique contribution each person can make when they feel supported and empowered to be themselves'

We're calling on housing organisations to commit to 10 challenges by 2020 - all designed to increase diversity in leadership within our sector. Earlier this year, Gentoo was recognised as a 'star performer' in Stonewall's top 100 for its existing work towards equality, diversity and inclusion - we caught up with deputy director of Gentoo operations, Lucy Malarkey.

25/02/2016

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How can social landlords help people at risk of becoming homeless?

Homelessness is on the increase again and the number of families in temporary accommodation is also rising. CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves visited Solihull Community Housing to see first hand how housing organisations can help.

23/02/2016

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Ten top tips for a happy conference: a new delegate's guide

As an experienced conference delegate, CIH executive director of devolved nations Annie Mauger thought she'd share a few top tips for getting the most out of this year’s CIH Scotland conference. Here are her top ten bits of advice. . .

22/02/2016

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Stronger together: collaboration for emergency accommodation

Spiralling costs, shrinking budgets and an ever-diminishing supply of affordable housing has brought the London housing market to the brink of crisis. But, as they say, a problem shared is a problem halved - and that's the view of four London boroughs, who have come together to make up a new collaborative group. Chris Wilson, MD at adam, blogs for CIH.

19/02/2016

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The impacts and resolutions to fuel poverty

To complete the first round of blogs from our three Rising Stars Cymru finalists 2016, here is Jamie Roberts talking about the impact of fuel poverty. You can tweet Jamie directly about the role of social landlords in tackling fuel poverty when he takes over the CIH Cymru Twitter account from 12.30-1.30pm on 25 February

19/02/2016

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Infographic: what do CIH members think?

What do CIH members think about pay to stay, fixed-term tenancies and right to buy? Check out our infographic on the results of our latest member surveys.

18/02/2016

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The changing role of social housing

Donna Williams will take over the CIH Cymru Twitter account from 12.30-1.30pm on Wednesday 23 February. Our Rising Stars Cymru 'new housing professional 2016' finalist will be tweeting about the changing role of social housing - in her first blog, Donna explains what, why and how.

18/02/2016

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Ready for your share?

After Chancellor George Osborne announced proposals for 135,000 shared ownership homes to be delivered by the end of the decade, you may be asking yourself: is shared ownership right for my organisation? Are we ready to play our part and take our share? Roy Hind from the Shared Ownership Partnership outlines his views.

18/02/2016

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Cutting off your nose to spite your face: Why valuing health over housing makes no sense

Rising Stars Cymru finalist Louise Kingdon writes her first blog, ahead of her Twitter takeover of the CIH Cymru account from 1-2pm on Tuesday 23 February.

17/02/2016

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Homelessness: time to repair the fraying safety net

We must act now to reverse the rise in homelessness, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves.

17/02/2016

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Ready for right to buy?

Right to buy for housing associations – the policy many people never expected to see the light of day – is coming. Is your organisation ready? CIH marketing officer Mark Swaddle rounds up the debate and the best tips that emerged from our Home ownership and leasehold managers’ conference earlier this month.

15/02/2016

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'Constant evolution is absolutely vital – without it our industry will be left behind'

Things are changing - and it's only by investing in young people that we can make sure housing isn't left behind, says CIH President Geraldine Howley.

12/02/2016

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How can we recognise housing excellence in the South East?

With the South East regional awards just around the corner, board chair Anne Chapman explains why she is so passionate about rewarding hard work and celebrating success.

11/02/2016

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Leading the way for equality and diversity

Our Presidential Commission has one main goal: to encourage as many people as possible to deliver 10 challenges by 2020. We explain what these challenges mean and why improving the diversity of our industry's leaders is so important.

09/02/2016

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New director hits the ground running at CIH Cymru

In three days Kevin Howell, new director at CIH Cymru, has had a baptism of fire on the whole gamut of activities the organisation takes part in. He summarises his running start for us.

04/02/2016

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Why you need to prepare for the new immigration checks

Immigration checks for all new private tenants start in England today - but what do social landlords need to know about the new scheme? CIH policy adviser John Perry explains

01/02/2016

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Still not tackling the causes of homelessness

Homeless people are being caught in a many-sided and tightening trap warns CIH policy adviser John Perry in his assessment of the latest Homelessness Monitor from Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

28/01/2016

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Equality, diversity and inclusion: four top tips

The start of a new year presents a new opportunity for more housing professionals to challenge equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues and to drive transformative change in the sector, says Rohini Sharma Joshi, Trust Housing Association's EDI manager.

27/01/2016

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Universal credit: 4 top tips for housing providers

The roll-out of universal credit (UC) has been very gradual but from April job centres in every part of the country will be processing claims. It's time for social landlords to prepare for a major change, says CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe. So what do we need to know?

25/01/2016

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Frontline Futures: a new era and a changing role for housing officers

The housing frontline in Ireland is changing – how can our workforce prepare for it?

20/01/2016

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Why #housingmatters to me

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat blogs about our new campaign and explains why #housingmatters more than ever before.

19/01/2016

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Women in housing - how far have we come since 1916?

We've now entered 2016 - CIH's centenary year. How have things changed since 1916, when the women who'd trained under Octavia Hill founded the Association of Women Housing Workers? We caught up with Six Town Housing's Emma Richman and Housing Rights' Janet Hunter to talk women in housing.

18/01/2016

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5 top tips for supporting mixed tenure communities

Olu Olanrewaju, executive director of operations at East Thames Group, has learnt some important lessons through his organisation's work regenerating and building communities with a varied social mix. He shares his suggestions in a guest blog for CIH.

15/01/2016

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Webinar: CIH Canada - building the mindset and embracing transformation and change

Find out how your organisation can embrace change with a a #HousingWeek webinar from CIH Canada.

23/09/2016

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Webinar: The Housing and Planning Act - Q&A

Find out more about the Housing and Planning Act in this #HousingWeek webinar

22/09/2016

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Webinar: What does Brexit mean for migration, housing demand and eligibility for housing?

Find out what Brexit could mean for housing in this #HousingWeek webinar

21/09/2016

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Webinar: Leadership and diversity

Find out about the importance of a diverse leadership team in this #HousingWeek webinar

20/09/2016

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London and the housing crisis - what's next?

CIH's London housing summit will offer housing professionals from across the capital the opportunity to keep ahead with the latest knowledge from the industry and share information with peers who are faced with similar challenges. Ahead of the event on 6 October, we caught up with CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

19/09/2016

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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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'Right now London is facing huge challenges'

Ahead of CIH's London housing summit on 6 October, we caught up with Kate Dodsworth, executive director for people and strategy at AmicusHorizon and CIH London board chair.

14/09/2016

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Webinar: How to combat right to buy fraud M

Find out how to combat right to buy fraud in this member-exclusive webinar

14/09/2016

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Webinar: Temporary accommodation - challenges and solutions M

Get practical guidance for responding to requests for housing assistance in this member-exclusive webinar.

02/09/2016

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Webinar: Regeneration - making it happen M

Hear best practice stories of regeneration from Plymouth Community Homes in this member-exclusive webinar.

24/08/2016

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Code of practice and charter

We believe that an essential part of driving the shared ownership agenda is creating a consistent offer, with standards a customer can expect.

23/08/2016

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One year on

'If it hadn’t been for shared ownership there is no way on earth we could have financed buying a place like this.'

23/08/2016

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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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It's a small world

Miles Lanham, business manager for Westminster and Lambeth at Genesis Housing Group, guest blogs for CIH.

22/08/2016

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'Junior' housing students make the grade

Eight Bradford sixth-form students are celebrating completing a learning programme run by Incommunities aimed are encouraging young people into careers in housing.

22/07/2016

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Housing chiefs in cold swim for charity

Three members of Incommunities’ management team took the plunge to raise funds for the country’s leading youth charity.

14/06/2016

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Housing group hosts international students visit

A group of Hong Kong university students have been in Bradford (20 – 27 May) getting a unique insight into the work of one of the country’s leading housing associations.

03/06/2016

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More than a job

The Rising Stars competition has been an incredible journey, says Alice Smith

01/06/2016

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Making a difference

Growing up on a housing scheme, I know the value of social housing, says Evie Copland.

01/06/2016

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Housing passion

The sector must maintain its passion as it changes and adapt to new times, says Tom Forty.

01/06/2016

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A change is gonna come

Modern technology and ideas could transform the way housing associations involve tenants, says Chris Irons.

01/06/2016

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West Midlands board: manging complex tenancies

On 11 May the regional board arranged for Lindsey Felstead from Clarke Wilmott Solicitors to deliver some training on managing complex tenancies.

27/05/2016

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GEM graduates make the grade

Twenty six young people are celebrating completing the latest learning programmes run by Incommunities, aimed at setting them on course to building successful careers in housing.

26/05/2016

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Teams score charity win for the Prince’s Trust

Fourteen teams descended on Bradford on 20 May to go head to head in a five-a-side football tournament and raise thousands of pounds for the UK’s leading charity for young people.

26/05/2016

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The Housing and Planning Act - what do you need to know?

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe talks us through what we need to know about the Housing and Planning Act.

23/05/2016

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Losing homes

The Housing and Planning Act will accelerate the loss of social housing and increase homelessness, warns CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

19/05/2016

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Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

Ahead of next week's caretakers and estate managers' conference in Solihull, Steve Shoker of West Midlands fire service guest blogs about how we can make sure tenants are as safe as possible.

19/05/2016

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What's the future for decent homes?

Jeremy Kape, director of property investment at Affinity Sutton, explains what the decent homes programme can contribute to new and emerging housing challenges.

18/05/2016

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How can we use digital technology to make our sector more dynamic?

Paul Taylor, innovation coach at Bromford Lab, dropped by to talk all things digital ahead of chairing a session at CIH's digital housing event on 26 May.

09/05/2016

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Financial and digital inclusion: what do we need to know?

Ahead of this month's digital housing seminar in London, we spoke to Stephanie Noyce, head of financial and digital inclusion at Affinity Sutton.

03/05/2016

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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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CIH AGM 2016 M

All members are invited to attend CIH's 2016 annual general meeting on Thursday 26 May at 1.30pm at Radcliffe - Warwick Conferences, The University of Warwick, Scarman Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL.

29/04/2016

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Webinar: CIH Canada - embracing 'lean' for business improvement M

Find out more about how to embrace 'lean' techniques for business improvement in this member-exclusive webinar

28/04/2016

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UK Housing Awards 2016 - the winners

After a fantastic evening celebrating success and innovation in our sector, it's time to congratulate the winners once more.

27/04/2016

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Think about digital change now - or find yourself left behind

Ahead of our 26 May 'digital housing' seminar, we caught up with Matt Leach, chief executive at HACT, to find out his thoughts on how we can best implement digital change.

27/04/2016

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Fancy joining in with the #CIHfootyfundraiser?

For the past year, CIH President Geraldine Howley has been fundraising for her Presidential charity, the Prince's Trust.

25/04/2016

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Double delight for housing graduate programme

A groundbreaking graduate training scheme, supported by Incommunities, has been recognised for its outstanding work in building careers in housing.

25/04/2016

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CIH London board

Find out more about how you can stay in touch with the CIH London board.

19/04/2016

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SHAPE housing 2015

As Jan mentioned in his interview, SHAPE was launched in 2014 to lay out the London board's priorities for housing in the capital ahead of the general election and London mayoral election.

19/04/2016

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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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Housing group completes 120 mile charity trek

Staff from Incommunities and six housing partners have helped raise £3,000 for the UK’s leading young people’s charity – the Prince’s Trust - after completing a gruelling challenge.

19/04/2016

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Webinar: Increasing staff resilience in turbulent times M

Find out how to increase staff resilience throughout your organisation in this member-only webinar.

18/04/2016

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Housing employees kick off charity canal trek challenge

Housing staff from Incommunities and South Liverpool Housing have stepped out to complete the first leg of a 120 mile charity walk, cycle and run challenge (10 April).

12/04/2016

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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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Regeneration, regeneration, regeneration

Kate Henderson, chartered member and strategic housing manager at South Ribble Borough Council, was selected to be part of the local government (LG) challenge earlier this year. We caught up with her to find out what it's all about…

09/03/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Disruptive influences - an opportunity for reform  M

Find out more about the paradigm shift that's required to sustain the housing system of the future.

23/02/2016

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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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Are you up to the #CIHcanalchallenge?

Teams at CIH and Incommunities are calling on housing colleagues to join them in a canal walk, cycle and run challenge in April.

22/02/2016

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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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Venues wanted!

We are in the process of planning our events for 2016 and would like to provide more face-to-face to face opportunities at various times and places across England.

15/02/2016

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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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CIH Presidential Dinner speech 2016

President Geraldine Howley's speech at the CIH Presidential Dinner - 3 February 2016, the Natural History Museum, London

04/02/2016

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Q&A: right to rent

Private landlords in England now have to make immigration checks on new tenants to make sure they have the 'right to rent' - but what do housing associations and councils need to know about the scheme? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

01/02/2016

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Jayne gets ready for triple marathon challenge

Incommunities’ equalities officer Jayne Booth is swapping the office for the great outdoors to help raise funds for the Prince’s Trust charity.

12/01/2016

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Housing leader in ‘canal’ swim challenge

Incommunities’ assistant chief executive for neighbourhood services, Adrienne Reid, is taking the plunge to raise thousands of pounds for a national youth charity and its work transforming lives.

07/01/2016

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Parties, policy and positive thinking

What can we expect from 2016? As a new year begins, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat considers where we've come from, where we'd like to be, and what we need to celebrate.

06/01/2016

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Top 20 most-read on www.cih.org in 2015 - part two

What were the top 10 most-read articles on www.cih.org in 2015? From right to buy to the reclassification of housing associations, find out in the second part of our countdown.

23/12/2015

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All change?

CIH head of policy Melanie Rees looks at what's in store for housing management in 2016.

22/12/2015

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Top 20 most-read on www.cih.org in 2015 - part one

From right to buy to universal credit, we count down the most-read articles on www.cih.org in 2015, starting with numbers 20 to 11.

21/12/2015

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Reforming shared ownership - join the debate

Nigel Turner, director of Future Housing Review, says reforming shared ownership can help make it more accessible for people on lower incomes.

18/12/2015

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'It was the right time to enhance my housing career prospects'

Lawrie Murphy is currently working towards gaining CIH's Level 4 Certificate, a one-year vocational qualification which focuses on housing strategy, policy and theory. We caught up with him to see how he's getting on and find out why the Level 4 has proved vital to his career development.

18/12/2015

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It’s not you, it’s me

Paul Smith heads up Foundations, the umbrella body for home improvement agencies (HIAs). He blogs for CIH about why things need to change in order for health and housing to work hand in hand.

17/12/2015

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What can we learn from housing organisations in the USA?

Housing organisations must aim high when it comes to considering equality and diversity, says Stonewall Housing's chief executive Bob Green. He talks us through his recent trip to the USA and explains how getting involved with CIH's '10 by 20' challenge is one way that we can make LGBT communities’ dreams a reality.

14/12/2015

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Hoarding - what should we look out for and how can we help?

What is hoarding disorder? What does it mean for landlords and frontline workers? We caught up with Liverpool Housing Trust's Jon Metcalfe, who will be sharing his expertise with delegates at February's housing management conference.

11/12/2015

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'Sometimes lifetime tenancies are much more appropriate'

CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe assesses the government’s proposal to introduce mandatory fixed-term tenancies for new council tenants.

10/12/2015

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Rural challenges, rural solutions

Rural communities face significant challenges, especially a lack of affordable housing, a low-wage economy, and tightened public services. Residents believe that answers lie in local solutions - and social landlords should play a key role in confronting these challenges, says Nicola Inchbald, chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership.

09/12/2015

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Shared ownership expansion can help tackle the housing crisis

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat assesses Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement of a major expansion in shared ownership.

08/12/2015

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'A qualification like this can really open up some doors'

CIH member Michelle Keeley has started our Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice. This qualification aims to provide learners with a broader understanding of housing, and focuses on developing problem-solving, organisational and communication skills. We caught up with Michelle to find out how she’s finding the qualification so far.

07/12/2015

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Crying into the wind?

Social landlords need to stop ignoring the expertise their tenants have to offer in the debate on the future of housing, argues community development professional and tenant Elizabeth Spring.

01/12/2015

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'When I think of CIH, the word 'professionalism' comes to mind'

Have you considered chartered membership? We caught up with John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords, and Richard Fryer, group executive director of business and people at Isos Housing Limited, to find out why taking the executive route was an ideal way to express their commitment to our sector.

30/11/2015

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Helping tenants save money on energy bills

We caught up with the team at Orbit to find out how we can learn from their approach to helping tenants offset growing energy bills.

27/11/2015

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How can we learn from Stockport Homes 'all staff' approach to welfare reform?

After winning the 2015 UK Housing Award for 'managing the impact of welfare reform', the team at Stockport Homes shares its top tips for meeting both customer and business needs - and explains how everyone plays a role in achieving the organisation's mission.

24/11/2015

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'Affordable housing is an issue of global importance'

After a trip to North America in October, CIH President Geraldine Howley reflects on visiting CIH members and colleagues in Canada and beginning to fully understand the impact of the housing crisis in other countries.

23/11/2015

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'It was amazing to see what could be achieved with so little structure'

Sometimes we should all try something new, says Alex Morrish, regional services manager at Regenda Homes - so why not join in at the next Housing Camp? No tents involved…

20/11/2015

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Understanding the ethical dilemmas of housing

CIH members can now take part in a continuing professional development (CPD) module that focuses on ethics and how to make difficult decisions. Greg Falvey, chief executive of Colchester Borough Homes, explains why engaging with ethics is so important for housing professionals and tells us more about the thinking behind this new CIH module.

19/11/2015

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Housing Day - how's the sector getting involved?

#HousingDay is upon us, and social media is abuzz with stories. We caught up with housing professionals from around our sector to find out how they're celebrating the day.

18/11/2015

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How can we help our older communities to 'age better'?

After being named the 2015 UK Housing Award's 'outstanding campaign of the year', the team at Age Better in Sheffield explains why involving their target audience was so important.

18/11/2015

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‘The overall shape of policy is skewed too much towards home ownership’

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat assesses the potential impact of the new Housing and Planning Bill ahead of giving evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee.

17/11/2015

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The wrong debate about regulation of social landlords

Reclassification of housing associations was an accident waiting to happen, says CIH policy adviser John Perry, but it’s wrong to let it determine what kind of regulation should apply to the sector.

16/11/2015

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How can you represent and make policy for a group if you never speak to them?

These are the words that stuck with CIH policy and practice officer Ashley Campbell after hearing Mhairi Black speak at the launch of Beyond4Walls. B4W is a research project commissioned by Wheatley Group and supported by Children in Scotland and the Poverty Group to explore young people’s experience of housing and poverty in Scotland.

16/11/2015

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'I am no longer willing to be silent - I am a proud tenant'

CIH member Leslie Channon explains how Housing Day 2014 encouraged her to find her voice.

16/11/2015

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'We want to make sure our collective voice is heard on Housing Day and beyond'

As #HousingDay approaches, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat explains why raising our collective voice is more important than ever.

13/11/2015

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How can tenants work together to create a more positive future?

John Townend has been a #proudtenant for almost 50 years - he writes for CIH, explaining why he believes tenants need to come together to communicate their views on #HousingDay.

12/11/2015

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Universal credit FAQs: alternative payment arrangements

CIH is uniquely placed to support housing professionals in understanding the challenges universal credit may bring. This blog is the latest in a series answering a number of frequently asked questions about how universal credit operates in practice. Previous blogs have explained the seven day waiting period which applies to new claims and what happens when an existing claimant’s circumstances change - this blog covers the issue of alternative payment arrangements (APAs).

11/11/2015

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How can we involve, engage and empower residents?

In the heart of east London are 27 thriving community food gardens, inspired and run by residents of Tower Hamlets Homes (THH). From Bethnal Green to Bow and from Shoreditch to Shadwell, these award-winning gardens are bringing people together from all walks of life. They promote green fingers and neighbourliness - but there’s much more to them than that, says THH's Kamal Hanif.

10/11/2015

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Have your say on the House Sales Scheme M

We're inviting Northern Ireland members to take part in our survey on the impact of the House Sales scheme.

09/11/2015

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Residents and landlords need flexibility on tenancies

If plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants go ahead, landlords must be given the flexibility to support different tenants in different areas, says CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe.

09/11/2015

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What are the challenges facing housing in the eastern region - and what can we do to tackle them?

Jonathan Hulley, partner at Clarke Willmott, shares his views ahead of the region's conference and exhibition from 10-12 November.

04/11/2015

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How can we learn from Grwp Cynefin's award-winning approach to helping young people?

After winning the 'development of the year' award at 2015's UK Housing Awards, the team at Grwp Cynefin explains how its Hwb Dinbych project has provided a 'stairway' for young people and why winning an award has meant the scheme has gained extra support.

03/11/2015

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The refugee and migrant crisis - how does it affect social landlords and how can they help?

Find out more about the refugee and migrant crisis in this member-exclusive webinar

02/11/2015

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Keighley volunteers take top prizes at community awards

Seventeen year-old Bethany Tomblin and Oakworth resident Janet Armstrong have been crowned joint winners of this year’s Gerry Pickersgill Awards.

02/11/2015

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Webinar: the Housing and Planning Bill - an overview from Gavin Smart M

Find out more about the Housing and Planning Bill in this member-exclusive webinar

30/10/2015

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Chartered membership - why take the experienced professional route?

Jameel Malik of Cotman Housing Association explains why taking the experienced professional route to chartered membership was a career move of real value.

28/10/2015

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GEM of a programme lands top award

It’s been an unforgettable start to October for Incommunities’ graduate training scheme - winning a top national training award and launching a new training cohort.

16/10/2015

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How do we make our homes fit for ageing?

What do we need to do to enable older people to live independently, safely and well? We round up the debate from this year’s Homes fit for ageing conference, which focused on how housing can support our ageing population.

16/10/2015

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What can we learn from our colleagues in Hong Kong and China?

Following a visit to Hong Kong and China in August, CIH President Geraldine Howley blogs about her experiences and how we can take inspiration from housing in other countries.

13/10/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Lunch and learn - tenants’ repairs and maintenance

Our first tenant-focused lunch and learn event focused on one of the services that is most important to tenants – repairs and maintenance.

05/10/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Is resident involvement a waste of money?

Our latest informal debate discussed another deliberately controversial topic – is resident involvement a waste of money?

05/10/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Fresh food co-op celebrates 10th anniversary

A group in North Lowestoft is continuing to provide fresh fruit and veg (and salad bags from May to October) through a weekly ordering service.

05/10/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Student update from Anglia Ruskin University

Students on Anglia Ruskin University’s housing course – the Foundation Degree in Management of Social and Affordable Housing – have been working on a range of projects designed to address the challenges their organisations – and others – are facing.

05/10/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Cross Keys Homes’ solar scheme helping combat economic austerity

In a world of cuts a housing association in Peterborough is aiming to combat economic austerity by putting money back into the local economy as well as helping its residents out of fuel poverty.

05/10/2015

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Housing group in European tie-up to build off-site eco homes

Incommunities is finalising plans to build six state-of-the-art pre-assembled homes in Manningham, in a partnership with construction specialists from the Netherlands.

05/10/2015

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Warm homes, better lives: investment now for future generations

How can the government achieve its long-term commitment to lift 2.3 million households out of fuel poverty? Orbit director of strategy and communication Charley Gibbons outlines the recommendations in the new Orbit/CIH report, Warm homes, better lives.

30/09/2015

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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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Webinar video: NE Regional Legal Update M

CIH members get the opportunity to hear latest legal updates from Bond Dickinson LLP.

17/06/2015

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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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Housing Camp North West 3

Back by popular demand – come along and find out what a post Brexit, Northern housing world might hold…CIH North West are proud to announce the arrival of #NWhousingcamp3.