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Top 20 most-read on in 2018


From fire safety to domestic abuse, homelessness and Rethinking social housing, we count down the most-read articles on in the past 12 months.

20. Tackling homelessness through Rapid Rehousing

CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at one of the key recommendations from Scotland's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group around Rapid Rehousing and Housing First. Read more

19. 'More landlords should be using legal powers to keep people safe'

Social landlords could be making more use of legal powers to protect residents from domestic abuse, say Andrea Baker of Poplar HARCA and Daniel Skinner of Capsticks. Read more

18. 'We need to rethink the way we deal with homelessness'

The Homelessness Reduction Act has huge potential - but only if organisations have the right culture to make the most of it, says CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves. Read more

17. Going digital - where are we now?

Halton Housing developed its 'Digital First' programme in response to the introduction of universal credit. Chief executive Nick Atkin shares the results so far. Read more

16. Incredible response as 100 organisations sign up to domestic abuse pledge

More than 100 landlords sign up to CIH's campaign to Make a Stand against domestic abuse in just two weeks. Read more

15. Latest housing survey reveals 'huge changes' of last decade

CIH head of policy Melanie Rees takes a look at the changes revealed by the latest English Housing Survey. Read more

14. Record numbers attend UK Housing Awards final as best of the best are unveiled

More than 1,000 people attended the UK Housing Awards ceremony as the sector's best projects were revealed. Read more

13. Two months into the Homelessness Reduction Act - one council's story

How are local authorities dealing with the new duties encompassed in the Homelessness Reduction act? Faye Greaves visited Westminster City Council to find out. Read more

12. Housing associations and councils key to tackling chronic shortage of affordable homes

New ‘Solving the Housing Crisis?’ film from CIH and ITN Productions examines the contribution social housing makes to our society and what the government can do to support people in need of a home. Read more

11. New workshop gives people chance to join the debate on social housing

We launched our Rethinking social housing workshop to give people the chance to join the debate on the future of social housing. Read more

10. Fire safety and housing in 2018: the big issues

CIH's head of practice Debbie Larner shares her observations on the Hackitt report and the ongoing fire safety challenges for housing organisations. Read more

9. 'Social housing must not be seen as a place of last resort'

It's time for us to redefine social housing, says Sovereign's divisional director Stuart Davies. Read more

8. Housing teams urged to take part in charity rounders tournament for Women's Aid

Housing teams urged to take part in a national rounders tournament to raise £10k for Women’s Aid. Read more

7. Home-owners get more government subsidy than social housing tenants or private renters: new report

Home-owners get a much bigger slice of government help than renters – whether they are social or private tenants – according to a new report published by CIH. Read more

6. Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars – new analysis

Government investment in building new homes has plummeted while spending on housing benefit has soared, new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revealed. Read more

5. Major new report calls on government to back social housing as polling shows support

A major new report by CIH is calling on the government to back social housing as polling reveals strong public support. Read more

4. CIH launches new domestic abuse pledge for housing organisations

A new pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing. Make a Stand pledge has been developed by CIH in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid. Read more

3. More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in just five years, new analysis reveals

More than 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in just five years, according to analysis from CIH. Read more

2. Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness

Even the lowest private rents are now out of reach for people on low incomes – putting thousands at increased risk of homelessness. Read more

1. CIH responds to social housing green paper

Our deputy chief executive Gavin Smart responds to the launch of the social housing green paper, described by the government as 'a new deal for social housing residents'. Read more

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