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CIH chief executive challenges ‘lazy consensus’ and outlines her vision for housing in first ever Guardian Housing Network video interview


Grainia Long, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), discusses the immediate and long-term challenges facing the housing sector in a video interview for The Guardian.

In the video, Grainia, who was appointed CEO in February, outlines her vision for the future of CIH and discusses how Grant Shapps’ comment about the ‘lazy consensus’ has the capacity to divide the sector that CIH aims to unify.

She also tells of her worries over an unregulated and rapidly growing private rented sector – which is due to overtake the social housing market in 2015 – and the need for tailored solutions to prevent a private rented sub sector of acutely poor standards from developing.

Other areas of concern she highlights include the need for great care when cutting housing services to prevent massive problems years down the line to families already facing traumas in other areas of their lives.

View Grainia’s interview now on The Guardian Housing Network, free of charge.

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