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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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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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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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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.

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 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.

29/03/2016

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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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'It's time for the big conversation - so let the young speak'

2015 was a game-changer for housing - policy changes and harsh criticism made for a tough year. But as we enter 2016, what questions do we need to ask ourselves, and how can young people help us to answer them? CIH President Geraldine Howley shares her views.

13/01/2016

Blog

Awards in austerity?

Awards season is fast approaching, during what is arguably our sector's most challenging year yet. So should we be hosting these kinds of events while budgets are being slashed so dramatically? Ongo customer service senior and CIH's 2015 Rising Star Julie Wass shares her views.

12/01/2016

Blog

Regeneration revival?

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat assesses Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposals to ‘transform’ 100 housing estates across the country.

11/01/2016

Blog

Homeless households and the temporary accommodation challenge

How can we find innovative ways to provide suitable temporary accommodation in such a challenging environment? CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves shares her views.

07/01/2016

Blog

All change for 2016 at CIH Scotland

Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations and Republic of Ireland, explains what the changes mean for members in Scotland.

06/01/2016

Blog

What do bedroom tax, poverty and local government cuts all have in common?

Julie Nicholas, CIH Cymru’s policy and public affairs manager, tells us what links three of the biggest current issues and why that makes her thrilled to bits that Francesca Martinez is this years headline speaker at TAI 2016.

05/01/2016

TAI

Landlord licensing – how we’re using the evidence and the experience of our members to develop our policies

The CIH mission is to act in the public interest rather than the interest of any one part of the housing industry. So how do we develop policies? CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright explains.

23/12/2015

Blog

Incommunities in record fundraising year

Kind hearted staff, customers and partners of Incommunities have raised over £15,000 for a host of different charities in 2015.

23/12/2015

Blog

Taking note: what can England learn from right to buy in Northern Ireland?

After giving evidence on the right to buy in the House of Commons this week, CIH NI and ROI director Nicola McCrudden says England should look to Northern Ireland's experience when it comes to the right to buy.

16/12/2015

Blog

Making the case for housing in Scotland - via Westminster

Many of the decisions made by the UK Government have a big impact on housing north of the border, writes CIH Scotland policy and practice officer Ashley Campbell - which is why this week's reception for Scottish MPs and Lords was so important.

10/12/2015

Blog

Right to buy in Northern Ireland

How has right to buy affected housing associations in Northern Ireland? CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright shares the experiences of CIH members.

07/12/2015

Blog

Awards judging panel chair in call for nominations

In the lead up to close of nominations for the CIH 2016 Housing Awards this Friday 4 December, we catch up with the chair of the judging panel David McCallum who tells us a little about him and his views on the awards.

02/12/2015

Blog

Getting to know our members: Teresa Farrell-Duffy

In a new series we profile CIH members in Ireland. We caught up with one of our newest members, Teresa Farrell-Duffy, who joined CIH after completing the CIH Level 4 Certificate for the Housing Profession. Teresa is a deciding officer at the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government’s social housing capital investment unit. We asked her what sparked her passion for housing.

01/12/2015

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Housing group in festive boost for youth charity

This year, Incommunities is bringing some early Christmas cheer to the UK’s leading youth charity - the Prince's Trust - supporting disadvantaged young people across the country.

01/12/2015

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Seven ways to support tenants who are struggling to pay their rent

How can landlords help tenants who are struggling to keep up with their rent? Housing management consultant and trainer Michael Smith shares his top tips ahead of CIH Ireland’s latest training course in Dublin on 14 December.

27/11/2015

Blog

Borderline: The spending review 2015 and Wales

CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Julie Nicholas takes a look at the implications for Wales in yesterday’s spending review and autumn statement.

26/11/2015

Blog

Where to now for Northern Ireland’s private rented sector?

The Department for Social Development (DSD) is currently considering changes to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option. CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright looks at the current state of the sector and where it should go from here.

24/11/2015

Blog

Housing leader in charity call to businesses

Incommunities’ Group chief executive Geraldine Howley is calling on local businesses to join her on her fundraising journey to help young people.

20/11/2015

Blog

Making the case for housing M

In an exclusive blog for CIH members, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat reflects on her role giving evidence on the new Housing and Planning Bill in the House of Commons this week.

20/11/2015

Blog

An inspirational wet Saturday in Newbridge - Housing Camp Cymru

After fighting his way south through wind, rain and gales Paul Diggory made it to the inaugural Housing Camp Cymru and wrote a short recap of the day for us.

18/11/2015

Blog

Top tips for dealing with management companies and service charges

More and more people are living in apartments and properties which share common areas – but who is responsible for looking after these areas and providing insurance? Solicitor Charles O’Neill shares some top tips ahead of CIH Northern Ireland’s training on dealing with management companies and service charges.

16/11/2015

Blog

Members - have your say on the house sales scheme

Should Northern Ireland’s house sales scheme be modified or suspended to prevent the future loss of social housing? CIH Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden invites members to have their say.

09/11/2015

Blog

There's lots of brilliant young talent in housing but we need to do more

CIH director of membership and education Judy Waugh talks us through the ideas behind our new housing academy and explains why making sure housing doesn't lose out on skills is more important than ever.

06/11/2015

Blog

Tales from Wales: GovCamp Cymru

Ahead of housing camp Cymru on the 14th November we hear from our friend and sponsor the Sartori Lab, about their last ‘GovCamp Cymru’ unconference that took place in September at Cardiff Bay.

06/11/2015

Blog

Does the housing sector fully understand mental health and learning disability when it comes to anti-social behaviour?

When dealing with housing management issues and cases of anti-social behaviour (ASB), housing teams will frequently come face to face with mental ill health and learning disability. These can be hidden impairments, says Jack Moore, CIH's principal diversity trainer - so how can we make sure we understand them?

02/11/2015

Blog

Who will house the poorest people in the future?

As social landlords grapple with a series of seismic changes, are we facing an inevitable rise in homelessness? CIH communications and media manager Louise Fisher rounds up the debate from our allocations, lettings and homelessness conference.

29/10/2015

Blog

Why are disabled people almost invisible as leaders in housing?

There is a spectre haunting the housing industry, says Graham Findlay, disability equality consultant. Steve Stride and his colleagues - sitting on CIH's Presidential Commission on diversity in housing - have raised the stakes in our sector - so let's face this spectre and exorcise it.

29/10/2015

Blog

'We need to be aware of the wider issues facing housing'

As we unveil our brand new housing academy, Nick Atkin - chief executive of Halton Housing Trust - explains why CIH training and learning has been so valuable for his team, and how bringing everything together 'under one roof' is the way forward for our sector.

28/10/2015

Blog

Are 'modern' homes fit for purpose in the 21st century?

Having recently bought a house, Steve McNally, a sales officer at a North West housing association has begun to question whether 'modern' homes are suitable for 21st century living, and argues that housing associations can be at the forefront of innovation.

27/10/2015

Blog

Three top tips for improving your asset management

With the changing challenges and opportunities that face asset management professionals across the UK, it’s vital that housing organisations embrace a comprehensive approach to managing their homes. CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright blogs on the good practice that was shared at CIH Northern Ireland’s asset management event last month.

27/10/2015

Blog

A code of ethics for our values-based profession

CIH has brought in a new code of ethics for members. Rather than relying on the existing code of conduct – which is more of a ‘black and white’ rulebook – we felt it was important to recognise personal values, and our new code provides a guide for behaviour where there are ethical issues or conflicts.

22/10/2015

Blog

Managing empty homes: are you prepared to think differently?

Clúid Housing Association director of operations Neil Bolton CIHCM tells us how his organisation transformed the way it deals with empty homes – and how the ‘systems thinking’ approach can be used in other areas.

21/10/2015

Blog

Our seven top tips for dealing with empty homes

With the current shortage of housing at a critically low level, it's vital that housing organisations minimise the number of vacant properties and the length of time that they are empty - or 'void'. Here are our top tips for dealing with empty homes.

20/10/2015

Blog

Addressing anti-social behaviour in private rented housing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright discusses whether sharing information around anti-social behaviour (ASB) could be extended to the private rented sector (PRS).

19/10/2015

Blog

Top tips: how can the housing sector adopt a person-centred approach to hoarding?

We’ve put together four top tips on how housing professionals can fully understand - and tackle - hoarding disorder.

19/10/2015

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Culture, camping & scary CEOs

What's it like to go to an unconference? Ahead of Housing Camp Cymru, Rachel Morton, community regeneration officer at Valleys to Coast and a member of the camp management team, shares the experiences of her colleagues at their recent staff event.

16/10/2015

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‘If you don’t have a home, you can’t do anything’

CIH Scotland director Annie Mauger reports back on the debate on housing at the SNP conference in Aberdeen this week.

16/10/2015

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How can we learn from Waltham Forest Housing Association as it supports its tenants to live well with dementia?

At our Homes fit for ageing conference on 7 and 8 October, Waltham Forest Housing Association (WFHA) chief executive Linda Milton spoke about the importance of proper support for tenants living with dementia. In this follow-up blog, Linda explains what WFHA is doing to help its tenants to live well.

16/10/2015

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Celebrate success at the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards 2016

Housing professionals and organisations from across Ireland are being invited to showcase their achievements, as CIH director for the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden explains.

14/10/2015

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How is the housing sector helping tenants to get online?

As housing celebrates Get online week from 12-18 October, we're looking at examples of digital inclusion from around the sector and finding out why it's more important than ever for residents to become computer-savvy.

13/10/2015

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CIH Scotland golf tournament raises more than £1,900 for charity

This year's CIH Scotland charity golf tournament has raised £1,939 for the Prince's Trust, which supports young people to find work, education or training.

12/10/2015

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The last word on housing need in Wales

Following the publication of the late Dr Alan Holmans’ report on future need and demand for housing in Wales, CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Julie Nicholas reflects on its messages for policy makers and the legacy of a highly respected housing academic.

12/10/2015

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The future is young

Ahead of next year's young people's conference, CIH President Geraldine Howley explains why investing in young talent is the way forward for the housing sector.

09/10/2015

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Hoarding: how can front line housing staff help?

Hoarding can often be a very difficult problem to tackle within housing. Front line workers need to know what to look out for, how to recognise a serious hoarding problem and how they can help – here are our top tips.

08/10/2015

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What can we do to solve the problems facing the north east's housing sector?

Ahead of November's north east conference and exhibition, the events team spoke to Adrian Waite of AWICS consultancy services to find out what he believes are the top priorities for the region.

08/10/2015

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Household growth down but new homes still needed

Revising down the number of new homes needed could have serious consequences, warns Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden.

07/10/2015

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"We're real 'grown up' businesses now..."

Stephen Blundell, customer service director at Leeds Federated Housing Association, shares his thoughts on the challenges facing the housing sector in Yorkshire and Humberside.

05/10/2015

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Many happy returns WHQ!

Ahead of WHQ 100, the Welsh Housing Quarterly advisory board chair Antonia Forte reflects on anniversaries and achievements.

02/10/2015

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Be prepared - some top camping tips!

Before tickets go on ‘sale’, one of our intrepid camp organisers Emma Howells, from United Welsh Housing Association, blogs on some top tips to make sure you become a happy camper.

30/09/2015

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Q&A: Is there a risk that housing associations could become ‘public bodies’ and be ‘privatised’?

Why all the debate about housing associations and “public body status”? What does it mean and what are the risks and opportunities? CIH policy adviser John Perry assesses the situation.

30/09/2015

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Happy birthday: why CIH members should sign up to the social care commitment

As the social care commitment reaches its second birthday, Skills for Care chief executive Sharon Allen reflects on its success while urging more people to sign up.

29/09/2015

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Should NI private landlords or tenants be liable to pay rates?

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright argues rates liability in the private rented sector (PRS) is a murky issue but there is a solution.

29/09/2015

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Anti-social behaviour – what does it mean for landlords and housing associations?

In the context of housing, anti-social behaviour is defined as acting in a way that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to anyone living nearby. Many people would agree that there’s a fine line between anti-social behaviour and disputes between neighbours over relatively minor issues, but these smaller inconveniences often have the potential to become larger issues over time. What constitutes anti-social behaviour – and what can landlords and housing associations do to solve it?

25/09/2015

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Homes fit for ageing - for all our futures

Bringing together housing and health to meet the needs of an ageing population will help us to tackle the current challenges facing both sectors and enable us to plan for our own futures, says CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

24/09/2015

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Private sector house building is critical to meeting supply in Northern Ireland

It’s been clear for some time that housing supply isn’t keeping up with demand. The main reasons for growing demand include improved life expectancy rates and a growing number of single person households. Over the last 20 years, Northern Ireland’s population has increased at an average of 10,000 per year (25,000 births against 15,000 deaths). But it is perhaps more important to pay attention to demographic changes, says CIH NI & ROI director Nicola McCrudden.

23/09/2015

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Syrian refugees - what can social landlords do to help?

Up to 20,000 refugees will be resettled in Britain from Syria. How can social landlords engage with this and other schemes to help people who are on their way or already here? CIH policy adviser John Perry shares his assessment.

22/09/2015

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What are the challenges for housing in the south west?

Our events team caught up with Sam Irving, who's speaking at at the CIH south west conference and exhibition in November - he shares his views on the struggles facing the housing sector and considers how things may look in the future.

21/09/2015

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Budgets, brownfield and house building: what's important for the north east?

Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce's head of policy and campaigns, explains what he believes are the top priorities for the region and why attending November's 'facing challenges, finding solutions' event is so important for housing professionals.

18/09/2015

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What’s next on the journey to ending homelessness?

Ahead of CIH’s allocations, lettings and homelessness event, we caught up with Helen Mathie, head of policy and research at Homeless Link. Helen shared her views on the challenges and solutions regarding homelessness for the new UK government.

17/09/2015

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Join our network to stay up to date with universal credit

Around 112,000 people are now claiming universal credit according to government figures out today - but how are they coping with the change? What do landlords need to be doing as the roll-out continues? CIH policy and practice officer David Pipe outlines how your organisation can keep up to date with the latest developments.

16/09/2015

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What would extending right to buy mean for housing in London?

Extending right to buy to housing associations throws up some big questions – especially in London, says CIH London board member Martyn Kingsford OBE in our latest guest blog.

15/09/2015

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What are the challenges facing the housing profession in Yorkshire and Humberside?

Following a budget with big complications for social landlords, Thomas Sutton - of Bradford-based housing association Incommunities - discusses the challenges in store.

14/09/2015

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New approaches to delivering housing services

Landlords are changing how they deliver housing services in response to new and emerging challenges. CIH policy and practice officer Laura Shimili explains how organisations can get involved in our new briefing, which aims to showcase the most effective new approaches.

11/09/2015

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How can Yorkshire & Humberside move towards a brighter housing future?

Ahead of next month's CIH Yorkshire & Humberside conference, Sherraden Gibson of Pennine Housing and Andy Gamble of Accent Group talk us through the challenges facing the region in 2015 - and what we can do to move past them.

10/09/2015

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What are the challenges facing the world of adult social care and social housing?

CIH's events team spoke to David Peña-Charlón, of Brighton and Hove City Council, ahead of the south east practitioners' conference in October.

09/09/2015

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What it feels like to win an Excellence Award

In 2014 Evie Copland won the Bob Allan Young Achievers in Housing Excellence Award. We caught up with Evie on the day job, website and communications assistant at Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership, to see what it feels like to win an Excellence Award.

08/09/2015

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How can we use drama-based training to make our leadership more diverse and inclusive?

Ahead of CIH’s leadership and diversity event in October, the events team caught up with Rosie Perkin, creative director of Enact Solutions, to find out more about drama-based training sessions.

08/09/2015

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'It would be a mistake to fail to prepare for more changes'

It’s back to school for Parliament today as MPs and Lords return from their summer recess. CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat takes a look at what they might have in store for housing.

07/09/2015

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How can we make housing work for armed forces veterans?

Our events team spoke to David Shaw, chairman of trustees at the Armed Forces and Veterans Launchpad, to find out his views ahead of November's north east conference in Newcastle.

04/09/2015

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Immigration checks - a plea for caution

A new scheme requiring private landlords to check prospective tenants' immigration status is making it harder for people with every right to be in the UK to find a place to call home, says Chartered Institute of Housing policy adviser John Perry.

03/09/2015

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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 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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Thomas scoops top housing leaders award

Incommunities officer and GEM graduate Thomas Sutton has won a prestigious national housing award. The GEM (Graduate Employment Mentoring) programme provides training and internships for passionate, values-driven graduates around the country. It's accredited by CIH, with students studying towards a Level 4 Certificate for the Housing Profession. After starting his housing journey via the GEM scheme, Thomas is proud to have won an award.

24/09/2015

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Webinar video: international approaches to housing management - key issues and challenges in the UK, Canada & Europe M

Find out more about international approaches to housing management in this member-exclusive webinar.

24/09/2015

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Tenant ‘stars’ celebrated in award success

The pick of Incommunities’ talented tenants were honoured at our 2015 star awards held this week (14 September).

16/09/2015

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Apprentice starters join housing group

Seven construction apprentices have started with Incommunities on the road to exciting new careers in construction.

10/09/2015

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Thomas makes housing leaders final

Incommunities' Thomas Sutton has been shortlisted for a prestigious housing award.

07/09/2015

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Webinar video: universal credit (UC) - payment methods – how UC is paid to claimants and how to support those who may have difficulty M

Find out more about universal credit in this member-exclusive webinar

27/08/2015

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Webinar video: talking with Terrie  M

Find out more about the member-exclusive webinar with Terrie Alafat, CIH's new chief executive

12/08/2015

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Webinar video: universal credit (UC) - calculation of awards - how payments are calculated  M

Find out more about universal credit in this member-exclusive webinar

06/08/2015

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The search is underway to find new GEM recruits

An award-winning learning programme, supported by Incommunities, is starting its recruitment drive to find 22 graduates keen to build rewarding careers in housing.

05/08/2015

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Webinar video: universal credit (UC) - who's eligible for UC and what it covers M

Find out more about universal credit in this member-exclusive webinar

30/07/2015

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Finance officer tackling Great North Run for charity

Incommunities’ finance officer Jonah Maina is getting ready to raise thousands of pounds for a national youth charity by signing up for the Great North Run.

27/07/2015

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Webinar video: taking control of your career - new member benefit M

Find out more about CiZone, CIH's new, member-exclusive career development tool

22/07/2015

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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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'The demand for high-quality private rented homes is massive'

Providing good quality homes for generation rent (or 'generation can't buy') is a big challenge - what role can housing associations and local authorities play? CIH policy and practice officer Laura Shimili blogs on Tuesday's think tank session at Housing 2015.

24/06/2015

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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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CIH West Midlands Board 2015 AGM and summer social

This member-only event takes place on 1 July 2015

19/06/2015

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Housing GEM graduates make the grade

An innovative graduate learning programme run by the Centre for Partnership - part of Incommunities - is celebrating a double success on Friday (19 June).

18/06/2015

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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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Aspiring leaders event

The CIH West Midlands board recently held an event in partnership with the National Housing Federation (NHF) for aspiring leaders in the region.

03/06/2015

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Why join CIH?

West Midlands board vice chair Nirmal Samrai shares her experiences

03/06/2015

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Gas safety week – 14-20 September 2015

Gas safety week 2015 will take place from 14-20 September. This annual campaign aims to educate members of the public about the importance of taking care of their gas appliances.

03/06/2015

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Severnside Housing celebrates being one of the best and safest employers in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s Severnside Housing held a double celebration in May. The organisation achieved reaccreditation for Investors in People – gold standard – and a five-star grading for safety, which was awarded by the British Safety Council. The two awards firmly establish this not-for-profit organisation as one of the best and safest employers within Shropshire.

03/06/2015

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Homes for Britain rally

Chris Pinson-Bradley, chair of the CIH West Midlands regional board, reflects on his experience of the Homes for Britain rally on 17 March.

03/06/2015

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Webinar video: Building your resilience M

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

14/05/2015

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

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

28/04/2015

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

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

23/04/2015

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CIH Eastern region conference - save the dates

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

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: New care home for Bedford

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

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Next lunch & learn events

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

09/04/2015

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

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

09/04/2015

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Building your resilience for success at work

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

09/04/2015

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Stephen Cook - Just the job!

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

20/03/2015

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

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

20/03/2015

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Webinar video:Understanding hoarding disorder M

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

19/02/2015

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

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

29/01/2015

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Webinar Video: Effective responses to anti-social behaviour  M

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

21/01/2015

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

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

13/01/2015

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Points West: My time as a housing apprentice

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

19/12/2014

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

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

19/12/2014

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

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

19/12/2014

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Points West: The Other Housing Event

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

19/12/2014

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

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

19/12/2014

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EM Update: Membership benefits

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

18/12/2014

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

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

18/12/2014

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EM Update: Health and housing event

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

18/12/2014

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EM Update: 50 years a CIH member!

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

18/12/2014

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Member election panel survey M

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

11/12/2014

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

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

26/11/2014

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

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

25/11/2014

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Webinar video: Lean Business Improvement  M

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

12/11/2014

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