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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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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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‘A challenge that we must embrace together’

Housing and social security have a central role to play in the Scottish Government’s programme for government 2015-16, published this week. CIH Scotland policy and practice officer Ashley Campbell takes a look at the detail.

02/09/2015

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What are the priorities for housing in the north east?

Our events team spoke to Ben Watson, tenancy income officer at Derwentside Homes, to find out what he believes should be top of housing's to-sort list in the north east.

01/09/2015

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Hi de hi! Housing Camp Cymru is on its way!

A dozen housing professionals from organisations across South Wales are donning yellow coats (metaphorically) to bring the first housing camp to Wales this year.

28/08/2015

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How can organisations help people with hoarding tendencies?

Samantha Richardson of Orbit Living explains more about her organisation’s compulsive hoarding project with Coventry University.

27/08/2015

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Leading the way on diversity – Wulvern Housing Association

Wulvern Housing Association is just one of the dedicated organisations that have signed up to our Presidential Commission on diversity and the ‘10 by 20’ challenge. They talk fairness, inclusion and leading by example as they explain their reasons for getting involved with this CIH scheme.

27/08/2015

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What does the future of housing look like for Yorkshire & Humberside?

Our events team caught up with Steve Hepworth, Darren Bonar and Claire Coyle of housing association ongo ahead of the forthcoming CIH Yorkshire & Humberside conference in October.

25/08/2015

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Does the housing sector fully understand the Data Protection Act?

CIH’s events team caught up with Audrey Olden and David Hall, who shared their views on data protection within the housing sector and how members can benefit from CIH’s upcoming ‘how safe is your data?’ events.

24/08/2015

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FAQs about universal credit – assessment periods

What is an ‘assessment period’ and what happens when a claimant’s circumstances change part way through one? David Pipe, CIH’s policy and practice officer, explains what you need to know.

21/08/2015

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John McPeake: Take your housing career to the next level

If you’re a housing professional looking to take the next step in your career, CIH Northern Ireland’s new qualification could be the answer, says course tutor Professor John McPeake.

19/08/2015

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'Working in housing means feeling like you have made a difference'

What does being a housing professional really mean? CIH Vice President and SLH Group chief executive Julie Fadden says its about changing lives for the better - and getting out and looking at things from a tenant's point of view.

19/08/2015

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How should we respond to the current debate on housing and older people?

Do you like where you live? Most people do. The majority of us are relatively satisfied with our home and neighbourhood and this positive view increases with age. The current debate about housing and older people – which largely focuses on getting older people to move and presents them as ‘housing hoarders’ – is not accurately reflecting the day to day experience of a population as diverse in its later years as in its youth, says Sue Adams, chief executive of Care & Repair England.

17/08/2015

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Diversity in leadership: why sign up to the challenge?

Paul Roberts, chief executive of Newydd Housing Association, explains why committing to CIH’s Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity was a vital move for his organisation.

14/08/2015

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A GEM of a scheme

The GEM programme provides training and internships for passionate, values-driven graduates around the country. Since its launch in 2009, the programme has taken on more than eighty graduates – one of them, Natasha Jarratt, tells CIH more about the scheme and the positive impact it’s had on her, both professionally and personally.

13/08/2015

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FAQs about universal credit – waiting days

How long do people have to wait before they can claim universal credit? David Pipe, CIH’s policy and practice officer, summarises the most frequently asked questions regarding ‘waiting days’.

12/08/2015

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Asset management: facing the challenges, seizing the opportunities

How can social housing providers make sure they are offering the right homes of the right quality in the right places? At ‘working together to redefine asset management’ in Belfast, CIH will lead the conversation on a fresh, new approach to asset management – Richard Medley, director of assets & neighbourhoods at CIH consultancy, explains more.

12/08/2015

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Creating the housing leaders of tomorrow

Jo Richardson, professor of housing and social policy and director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, explains how post-graduate qualifications can help housing professionals take the next steps in their career.

10/08/2015

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We need housing’s future leaders now more than ever

Forthcoming policy changes are going to have a huge impact on the sector, but we mustn’t lose track of developing our future talent, says CIH President and Incommunities chief executive Geraldine Howley.

04/08/2015

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'The government needs to tighten up the rules now'

Right to buy fraud cases more than doubled last year according to a new report out today. Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat says some simple measures could help tackle the problem.

30/07/2015

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Getting to grips with Irish housing debt

Tackling long term housing debt is back at the top of the agenda after the Supreme Court’s decision in Irish Life & Permanent v Dunne on the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears in May, which followed the fundamental changes to the way local authorities manage rent arrears as a result of the new Housing Act 2014 regulations. CIH Ireland professional development co-ordinator Tricia O’Keefe says measuring housing affordability could encourage public debate and prompt the government to take action to tackle the issue of increasing debt.

29/07/2015

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Digital Merthyr

When David Pipe, CIH's policy and practice officer, visited Merthyr Valleys Homes at the start of July, he was impressed by the organisation's plans to provide its tenants with Wi-Fi as part of the Digital Merthyr scheme.

29/07/2015

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When should we share information with the police and other statutory bodies?

The police or other law enforcement agencies may occasionally ask your organisation for access to personal information. However, whether or not you should provide this information depends on a number of factors. Charlotte Lewendon, information management, governance and risk manager at the Guinness Partnership, explains why.

27/07/2015

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‘Housing associations play a vital role in building the new homes the UK needs’

Stories in The Spectator, The Times and on Channel 4 News have accused housing associations of failing to build enough homes. Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat takes a look at the facts and figures.

24/07/2015

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A day in the life of Merthyr Valleys Homes

When we held our annual staff conference back in May, Merthyr Valleys Homes chief executive Mike Owen was informally interviewed on-stage by our deputy chief executive Gavin Smart. Mike’s enthusiasm was infectious, and eight CIH team members arranged to visit Merthyr and see what goes on where he works.

24/07/2015

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Are information security and data protection the same thing?

While data protection is linked and often comparable with information security, the two are not identical. Charlotte Lewendon, information management, governance and risk manager at the Guinness Partnership, explains why.

23/07/2015

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#AskCIH – we answer your questions on membership

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll have spotted our #AskCIH hashtag. As part of our new It’s all under one roof campaign, we’re asking you what you’d like to know about a range of CIH-related topics, from policy to training. Last week we had our second live Periscope Q&A session, where we grilled Oliver Humi, head of membership. Missed out? Now’s your chance to catch up.

21/07/2015

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Chartered membership takes a global route

Earlier in the year, Vanessa Howell, head of professional standards at CIH, made a trip to CIH’s Asia Pacific branch. She spent time in Hong Kong and Beijing, where a range of university programmes were accredited for CIH membership. Impressed by the talented and dedicated young people and graduates, and with a renewed sense of pride for CIH’s international involvement, Vanessa tells us more about her trip.

20/07/2015

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Seven things we learned from the English Housing Survey household report

Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at the headlines from the English Housing Survey household report 2013/14, out today.

16/07/2015

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#Ask CIH – we answer your questions on learning

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll have spotted our #AskCIH hashtag over the past week or so. As part of our new It’s all under one roof campaign, we’re asking you what you’d like to know about a range of CIH-related topics, from membership to training. Last week we had our very first live Periscope Q&A session, where we grilled Judy Waugh, director of membership and education, and Vanessa Howell, head of professional standards, on the subject of learning with CIH. Missed out? Now’s your chance to catch up.

16/07/2015

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How to effectively manage empty properties

When a house becomes empty, how can landlords make sure it goes to a tenant who needs it as quickly as possible? We’ve summarised our latest ‘how to’ guide and have put together four top tips on how best to manage empty ('void') properties.

15/07/2015

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Can boosting shared ownership help tackle the housing crisis?

What role can shared ownership play in making housing more affordable? Ahead of today’s House of Commons debate CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis outlines our work with Orbit on how the housing sector, government and funders could unite to double the supply of shared ownership homes and help address the UK’s growing affordability crisis.

14/07/2015

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Credits where it's due - changes to training at CIH Cymru

CIH Cymru is always looking to raise standards in the sector and help housing professionals be great at their jobs. Today we’re announcing some big changes to our programme of learning to do just that. To get an idea of how the changes will work we put a few questions to Sonia Dorothy, learning and development co-ordinator.

10/07/2015

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Perils of perception: 10 things people think about housing

What's the average UK house price? How many people live in social housing? And what's the average deposit put down when buying a new home? Perceptions are often very different from reality, says Ipsos MORI research director Ben Marshall.

10/07/2015

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Summer budget – what you need to know in Northern Ireland

The Chancellor’s budget contained a lot of references to housing – not all of which are UK wide. Nicola McCrudden, CIH Director in Northern Ireland, has unpicked some of the detail to find out what is directly relevant.

09/07/2015

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Summer budget – what you need to know in Scotland

During yesterday’s emergency budget announcement, George Osborne committed to reaching a budget surplus in the UK by 2019/20 – Annie Mauger, director of CIH’s national business units, considers at what cost.

09/07/2015

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Summer budget – what you need to know in Wales

Following the summer budget we look through the detail to find the implications for Welsh landlords, tenants and communities.

09/07/2015

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Summer budget: the devolved nations respond

As the detail and analysis rolls in from the emergency budget Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations, brings together the responses of CIH in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

08/07/2015

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How can we make housing an attractive career option for young graduates?

Housing is a fantastic career option for many. It’s fast-paced, it’s rarely dull, and it provides people with the opportunity to give something back to communities and people in need – but despite this, it’s still a relatively unknown profession. How can the sector attract the new talent it needs to thrive? CIH policy and practice officer Laura Shimili shares seven top tips, inspired by Poplar HARCA chief executive Steve Stride’s strategic workforce planning session at Housing 2015.

07/07/2015

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Developing your housing knowledge with CIH in Northern Ireland

We are providing even more opportunities for people who work in housing to continue their professional development with the launch of a new events’ programme for Northern Ireland. Louise Togneri, who was recently appointed Professional Standards Manager, explains more.

07/07/2015

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Tackling fuel poverty – carrot or the stick?

The debate raged on at the CIH Scotland 'Energy efficiency, fuel poverty and renewables' event, supported by Forster Energy, as to whether the carrot or the stick is best at lifting Scotland’s households out of fuel poverty. Official figures show that a staggering 39% of Scotland’s households are currently living in fuel poverty and the Scottish Government has released an ambitious target to ensure that, as far as is practicable, no one is living in fuel poverty by November 2016. As a result, the need to introduce energy efficient measures is of paramount importance, says John McClarey, business development officer for CIH Scotland.

03/07/2015

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A first for chartered membership

Penny Gilyard has made CIH history by becoming the very first person to take the executive route to chartered membership. We caught up with her to find out more about her background in housing, her thoughts on chartered membership and why taking the executive route was such an important move – both professionally and personally

02/07/2015

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CiZone: a career development tool for CIH members

CiZone is an interactive mini-site, now open exclusively to CIH members. This career development tool is designed to help you to progress as a housing professional – it aims to provide members with a framework of opportunities to advance their careers.

02/07/2015

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What can we expect from the new housing amendment bill?

A housing bill is to be introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly shortly. Nicola McCrudden CIH director for NI comments on its contents – which appear to be a trimmed version of what was expected.

01/07/2015

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CIH Scotland members, how do we create a better social security system?

The Scotland Bill is making its way through House of Commons as we speak. This Bill is the culmination of years of political debate and when enacted will provide powers with the potential to significantly change the way that Scotland works.

01/07/2015

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What will the housing professional of the future look like?

What qualities will tomorrow’s housing professionals need, and what advice can we offer them? Danielle Sheldon, team leader at Regenda Homes, shares her views.

30/06/2015

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The devolution that matters for housing

This year’s general election reignited the debate surrounding the devolution of powers away from Westminster. CIH policy and practice officer Laura Shimili shares her thoughts on this divisive topic following Housing 2015’s masterclass session: ‘Is the UK on course for a break-up – and what impact for housing?’.

26/06/2015

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Deck chairs, nimbys and right to buy: my experience of Housing 2015

How does it feel to attend CIH’s annual housing conference for the first time? After winning the Butler Bursary’s free delegate pass to Housing 2015 on Tuesday 23 June, New Charter Group’s Chelsea Evans reflects on her experiences of the day.

25/06/2015

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Home-grown and handmade: WHQ 100

Julie Nicholas, CIH policy manager, and regular contributor to WHQ, reflects on 99 issues of the made in Wales housing and regeneration magazine

24/06/2015

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The choice is stark - sit back and wait or shape the future we wish to see

In many ways the housing sector is facing a perfect storm, but adversity can be a catalyst for innovation, says Orbit chief executive Paul Tennant.

23/06/2015

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Social rent setting policy proposed for Northern Ireland

The Department for Social Development (DSD) yesterday briefed the Social Development Committee on proposals for a social rent setting policy for Northern Ireland. CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright shares his initial assessment.

19/06/2015

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We need to spend more government money on building houses and less money on housing benefit

Both the deficit and the housing market need less short-term medicine and more long-term surgery, says The Times columnist Tim Montgomerie ahead of his appearance at Housing 2015

19/06/2015

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Do safeguarding adult boards really understand what housing can do to support vulnerable adults?

Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance co-chair Joanne Cambra and CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis say some progress has been made but there’s still a long way to go.

19/06/2015

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Housing for health and wellbeing

There’s a significant and growing body of evidence that links poor quality housing, negative health effects and health inequalities. While the quality of social housing has improved over the last ten years, in 2012 a third of private rented houses in England would have failed the decent homes standard. Domini Gunn, director of health and wellbeing at CIH, examines how homes are fundamental to improving health and tackling health inequalities.

18/06/2015

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Why the government’s long-term economic plan should include building more social rented homes

CIH policy adviser John Perry examines the case for building more low-rent homes set out in a new report.

18/06/2015

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New chair and vice chair appointed to CIH NI board

A new chair and vice chair have been appointed to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI) board.

16/06/2015

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'The vital work housing associations do should not be undermined'

Should right to buy be extended to housing associations? Solicitor Rob Flint, a member of the private rented sector team at law firm Winckworth Sherwood, shares his views in our latest guest blog.

15/06/2015

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Top tips for digital inclusion in Northern Ireland

Digital inclusion continues to be high on the agenda for housing and community organisations and the government alike. CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright blogs on the top tips that emerged from the digital inclusion masterclass at CIH NI’s annual conference last month.

11/06/2015

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Will the programme for government solve the housing crisis?

The new government has lots of plans for housing, but will they help address the housing crisis? Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of CIH, shares his views ahead of Housing 2015.

11/06/2015

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Presentations from TAI 2015

Check out presentations from TAI 2015, Wales' premier housing conference and exhbition. TAI 2015 took place from 28 - 30 April at Cardiff's City Hall

08/06/2015

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How can we redefine asset management so it truly delivers?

How can social landlords make sure they are providing the right homes of the right quality in the right places? At Housing 2015 CIH, Mears Group and others will host an interactive debate on a new model of asset management – director for ConsultCIH, Richard Medley, explains more.

04/06/2015

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Cutting back: the impact of budget cuts on caretaking and estate services

Next week's caretakers and estate managers conference is fast approaching. We caught up with speaker Mark Henderson, director of housing for Wolverhampton Homes, to find out his thoughts on the impact that local authority budget cuts will have on estate service delivery.

04/06/2015

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Not just a desk job

From finding people new homes to helping people who have fallen into debt, life as a frontline housing officer is rarely dull. CIH Scotland business development manager John McClarey spent the day with staff and tenants from Weslo Housing Housing Association to find out more.

03/06/2015

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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.

01/06/2015

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Attracting and retaining the talent we need

Changing demographics, generational changes, skills shortages and lifestyle choices are all having an impact on our workforce. As more sectors compete for talent from a similar pool, how can housing ensure that it retains, develops and attracts the skills it needs to deliver new homes, deliver excellent services to tenants and meet the changing demands of a constantly evolving environment? Steve Stride, former CIH President and Poplar HARCA chief executive, shares his views ahead of his Housing 2015 discussion.

28/05/2015

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Presidential charity 2015-16: the Prince's Trust

CIH's new President Geraldine Howley explains why she’s chosen to support the Prince’s Trust during her year in office and outlines how you can help her with her first fundraising challenge.

26/05/2015

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Housing Ireland issue 8 published

Editor Justin Cartwright outlines the new edition, in which we hear from the founder of irishlandlord.com and a Green party councillor on changes they believe are needed for a sustainable private rented sector into the future.

22/05/2015

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Is the UK heading for a break up and what are the implications for housing?

Following last year’s referendum on independence for Scotland and the SNP surge in the General Election, what does the future hold for the make-up of the UK? Annie Mauger, director of CIH’s national business units, shares her views ahead of Housing 2015.

20/05/2015

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Who will be your Rising Star 2015?

The final three Rising Stars candidates have been selected – will Julie Wass, Sarah Thompson or Caitlin Farrow be crowned? We caught up with the nominees to find out more about what makes them tick.

18/05/2015

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Time to keep on keeping on...

After attending an event at the Senedd in Cardiff on Monday 18 May 2015, Julie Nicholas, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Cymru tells us why she believes we need to ‘keep on Supporting People’.

18/05/2015

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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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OneCIH

OneCIH is a conference where our regional, national and governing board members discuss the future of housing and CIH. What did 2015's event involve? Delegates of the West Midlands regional board share their experiences of the day.

22/05/2015

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Rising Star: Caitlin Farrow

Read our Q&A with Rising Stars 2015 finalist Caitlin and find out more about her passions, ideas and dream dinner party guests…

18/05/2015

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Rising Star: Julie Wass

Read our Q&A with Rising Stars 2015 finalist Julie and find out more about her passions, ideas and dream dinner party guests…

18/05/2015

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Rising Star: Sarah Thompson

Read our Q&A with Rising Stars 2015 finalist Sarah and find out more about her passions, ideas and dream dinner party guests…

18/05/2015

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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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UK Housing Awards: Age Better in Sheffield

South Yorkshire Housing Assocation won the outstanding campaign of the year award for Age Better in Sheffield. As guest bloggers, they explain more about the project and the impact it's had on older people in Sheffield.

30/04/2015

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UK Housing Awards: Cherwell District Council

Cherwell District Council won the outstanding strategic local authority of the year award. As guest bloggers, they explain more about their approach.

30/04/2015

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Homes for Britain - East Midlands

Not content with just attending the Homes for Britain rally on 17 March in Westminster, the CIH East Midlands board also got involved in raising the profile of the campaign across our region.

30/04/2015

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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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East Midlands liaison officer role

The CIH East Midlands board is currently looking for volunteers interested in promoting the work of the CIH, developing a closer relationship with the regional board, and raising their own profile within their own organisation.

27/04/2015

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CIH AGM papers 2015 M

Download the latest papers for our Annual General Meeting 2015 due to take place on Thursday 21 May in Birmingham.

27/04/2015

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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 housing debate

Building on the success of our previous debates, we are pleased to bring you another.

09/04/2015

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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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North East housing professionals celebrated at annual awards

North East housing professionals, organisations, tenants and students have been recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to their communities.

02/04/2015

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CIH scores high in housing power players list 2015

New Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat is at number four in this year's 24 Housing Power Players Top 50 - a run down of the most influential and inspirational people in housing.

02/04/2015

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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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Sign up to your area group

CIH South West’s area groups hold events across the South West and they are a great way for members and non-members to meet other housing professionals to share good practice and create opportunities.

24/02/2015

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End the housing crisis campaign heads to Westminster

The big red bus roadshow took place in Land’s End last week and will culminate in London for the Homes for Britain rally on 17 March, where thousands of supporters aim to raise the profile of housing with voters and parliamentary candidates.

24/02/2015

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Roadshows in support of Homes for Britain

Roadshows are currently taking place in support of the Homes for Britain campaign. The free events provide opportunities to debate and influence decision makers about solving the housing crisis within a generation.

24/02/2015

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Adding value to business

The CIH South West Gloucestershire & Wiltshire area group seminar in January about bringing social value into procurement was a great chance to gain insight from experts in business.

24/02/2015

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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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Hong Kong tour uncovers a creative approach to housing

On a visit to Hong Kong to meet members of CIH Asia Pacific, CIH Vice President Geraldine Howley finds out about the housing and social issues in the city as well as new and creative developments.

17/02/2015

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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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Webinar video: Creating sustainable tenancies M

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

05/11/2014

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Webinar video: Careers webinar – my path into housing

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

22/09/2014

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Webinar video: Progressing your career M

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

22/09/2014

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

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

10/09/2014

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Webinar video: Tenant Scrutiny - getting it right M

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

09/09/2014

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Webinar video: New Approaches to Allocations M

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

20/08/2014

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Webinar video: Embedding Social Value into Purchasing Activities M

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

06/08/2014

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

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

05/08/2014

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

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

02/07/2014

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Webinar video: New approaches to tackling tenancy fraud M

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

12/06/2014

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

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

04/06/2014

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James Caspell - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on James and his campaign

27/05/2014

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Emma Lindley - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Emma and her campaign

27/05/2014

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Nicola Laycock - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Nicola and her campaign

27/05/2014

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

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

22/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Financial help for Bishop's Stortford residents

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

20/05/2014

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

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

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Rainbow Saver Anglia Credit Union Ltd

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

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Meet your board

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

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Norwich City Council praised for landlord services

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

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: New Housing Options service for Suffolk

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

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Circle Housing Wherry win the double!

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

20/05/2014

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Eastern Outlook: Ticking the box for housing

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

20/05/2014

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