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CIH responds to CLG committee report on housing associations and the right to buy 

Commenting on the Communities and Local Government select committee report on housing associations and the right to buy, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We would urge ministers to consider this report very carefully. Our research shows that almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations if no extra funding is provided by central government.

10/02/2016

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More new homes started but homelessness still a problem 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, said: “More new homes were started during July to September than at any time over the previous five years – just over 2,000 in total. This is excellent news. However, we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The Regional Development Strategy suggests that we need more than 11,000 new homes every year, but right now we’re only building around half of that number.

09/02/2016

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CIH Cymru respond to Carmarthenshire’s ambitious housing delivery plans 

Kevin Howell, CIH Cymru director, responded to Carmarthenshire's plans for 1,000 affordable homes. The announcement comes ahead of the Homes for Wales rally on 4 March 2016 - Welsh housing's campaign to end the housing crisis in Wales.

08/02/2016

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Wales boosted by £20m social housing investment 

Welsh Government have announced a further £20m social housing grant in Wales within this financial year. The announcement was made as part of a £43m capital investment boost, which included a 21st century schools project across Wales.

05/02/2016

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Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector 

Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters, combined with better incentives to encourage landlords to improve, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland.

04/02/2016

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Benefit cut for supported housing risks long-term damage warns CIH President 

The UK government should think again on a benefit cut that will affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, according to the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

04/02/2016

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Rent cut for supported housing to be delayed - CIH response 

Responding to the news that the government will delay a planned rent cut for supported housing to give it time to study the findings of a review, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “We are pleased to hear that the government will exempt supported housing from the one per cent cut in social housing rents for a year to assess the potential impact.

27/01/2016

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CIH responds to Court of Appeal rulings on bedroom tax 

Responding to the Court of Appeal’s rulings today that the bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “It’s been clear for a long time now that the bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Great Britain.

27/01/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on Scottish Government housing subsidies announcement 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has commented on a Scottish Government announcement on future grant subsidy benchmarks for affordable housing in Scotland, made today (25 January 2016).

25/01/2016

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Housing supply forum report welcomed by CIH Northern Ireland 

Commenting on the report and recommendations of the Housing Supply Forum ahead of today’s Committee for Social Development event Building future homes in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland, Justin Cartwright, Forum member from CIH Northern Ireland said: “This report is good news for people in need of an affordable home and for the house building industry. While its recommendations aren’t a cure-all for our housing supply problem, they are practical measures for the short-term which, if introduced, could help unblock house building in Northern Ireland.”

21/01/2016

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Want to improve the diversity of housing's leaders? CIH needs you 

Housing organisations are being challenged to improve the diversity of their leadership.

20/01/2016

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Scotland must tackle root causes of homelessness 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has commented on latest quarterly homelessness statistics for Scotland, published today (12th January 2016).

12/01/2016

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More than 2.5 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks to rent a home 

At least 2.6 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks when the government’s ‘right to rent’ scheme is rolled out across England next month.

06/01/2016

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CIH responds to government plan to directly commission new homes 

Responding to Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the government is to directly commission new homes and set up a £1.2bn starter home fund, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We need a swift and significant increase in the number of new homes being built to solve our national housing crisis, so the investment in direct commissioning is a welcome development – the government has clearly recognised that building is not happening as fast as it would like, or on the scale that's required.

04/01/2016

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CIH Scotland comments on draft Scottish budget 2016-17 

Commenting on the draft Scottish budget for 2016-17, presented to the Scottish Parliament today (16 December 2015) by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Policy and Practice Officer Ashley Campbell said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase the budget for affordable housing by £90 million in 2016-17. For the benefits of this increased investment to be fully realised, this will need to be matched with action to address issues around land supply, infrastructure and construction skills.

16/12/2015

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Pay to stay to be voluntary for housing associations - CIH comment 

Giving evidence to the Communities and Local Government select committee today, housing minister Brandon Lewis told the committee that the government’s proposed ‘pay to stay’ policy – which will see social housing tenants in England with a household income of £30,000 or more (£40,000 in London) paying higher rents – will be voluntary for housing associations.

15/12/2015

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CIH Scotland urges more action to tackle fuel poverty 

Key findings from the 2014 Scottish House Condition Survey have been published including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, carbon emissions, Scottish Housing Quality Standard and disrepair.

15/12/2015

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CIH Scotland hosts Westminster housing reception 

Scottish parliamentarians from the House of Commons and House of Lords joined representatives from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland for a special Scottish housing reception at the Palace of Westminster this week.

10/12/2015

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CIH comment on right to buy sales figures July to September 2015 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 2,941 homes were sold by councils through the right to buy scheme in England in July to September 2015, while only 423 were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

10/12/2015

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CIH Cymru appoints new director 

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Kevin Howell, who is currently community regeneration manager at Newydd Housing Association, will take up his new role in the first few months of 2016.

04/12/2015

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CIH comment on affordable housing supply in England 2014-15 

Commenting on figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government on the supply of affordable housing in England from April 2014 to March 2015, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “The cost of housing means that millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford – so it’s great to see a 60 per cent increase in the number of new affordable homes built during 2014-15.

02/12/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on updated housing statistics 

Quarterly housing statistics for Scotland published today provide an update on new home starts and completions for the third quarter of 2015 for the social sector and for the second quarter of 2015 for the private sector.

01/12/2015

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‘Pay to stay’ will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear 

The government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear.

30/11/2015

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Spending review could put social housing out of reach for under 35s says CIH Northern Ireland 

Commenting on today’s spending review and autumn statement Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland said: “Today’s spending review proposes to cap housing benefit for new social housing tenants to the rates used for the private rented sector, known as local housing allowance.

25/11/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on UK spending review and autumn statement 

Commenting on the UK spending review announcement made today by chancellor George Osborne, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “Despite being devolved, Scottish housing policy will be heavily impacted by changes to welfare policy included in today’s spending review announcement.

25/11/2015

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CIH comment on the spending review and autumn statement 

Responding to the spending review and autumn statement, announced today by chancellor George Osborne, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “It’s good to see the chancellor putting house building at the heart of his plans with a significant investment in much-needed new homes.

25/11/2015

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House-building in England up but still a long way to go 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 34,940 homes were completed in England during July to September, down two per cent compared to the previous three months but up 15 per cent on the same quarter last year.

19/11/2015

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CIH comment on Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2014-15 

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2014-15 released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said: “The statistics continue to show a deepening divide in the housing market. On one hand the number of house sales is increasing year-on-year and on the other there are growing levels of homelessness. While there were 20,900 properties sold in 2014, the number of households who were owed a full duty for help stood at 11,016 - up 14 per cent.”

17/11/2015

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Minister’s review of private rented housing welcomed by CIH Northern Ireland 

The Department for Social Development’s review into the role and regulation of the private rented sector released yesterday was described as “a turning point” by the Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, Nicola McCrudden.

13/11/2015

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CIH Scotland comment on latest Scottish private rental statistics 

Commenting on the latest private sector rent statistics for Scotland, published today by the Scottish Government, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “These statistics serve to highlight the wide variation in rents across Scotland.

10/11/2015

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CIH comment: ONS reclassifies housing associations in England as public sector 

Responding to the announcement from the Office for National Statistics that private registered providers of social housing (including registered housing associations) in England will be reclassified as public non-financial corporations, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “This decision means that government finances will now have to be adjusted to incorporate the finances of 1,300 different, often charitable organisations. This could have significant implications both for the sector and for the government itself.

30/10/2015

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Make the most of green shoots of recovery to tackle housing shortage says CIH NI 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland, said: “In total, 1,828 new homes were started during April to June – the highest level of new starts since mid 2011. This is excellent news. Housing associations have performed particularly well – they have more than doubled the number of social homes started since the same quarter in 2014, driving up the overall number of new starts while the private sector continues its gradual recovery.

27/10/2015

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Help London councils get more affordable homes for rent built says CIH London 

London councils should be allowed to require developers to build affordable homes for rent as well as the government’s new ‘starter homes’, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in London.

26/10/2015

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One fifth rent privately for first time in a generation 

Commenting on the latest Family Resources Survey released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said "The statistics show one in five households (21 per cent) renting privately for the first time in recent history.

22/10/2015

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Fifth of households in privately rented homes 

Commenting on the Family Resources Survey released today, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland said "The statistics show one in five households (21 per cent) renting privately for the first time in recent history.

22/10/2015

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CIH and ICSH help housing professionals to get Ireland building 

Speaking after the presentation to learners who have completed the CIH certificate for the housing profession (equivalent to Level 6 on the Irish framework), CIH director for the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden said: “Education and training plays a vital role in building more homes.

21/10/2015

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CIH and Housing Agency call for fewer empty homes 

The number of people on housing waiting lists means it is vital that local authorities and approved housing bodies do everything they can to make sure that homes are not lying empty, according to a new guide.

16/10/2015

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CIH Scotland comment on Nicola Sturgeon speech – SNP pledges to build 50,000 affordable homes if re-elected 

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at the SNP conference in Aberdeen today, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “We welcome Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to build at least 50,000 new affordable homes in the next parliament if the SNP are re-elected.

15/10/2015

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7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn’t closed 

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations if no extra funding is provided, according to new analysis.

15/10/2015

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CIH responds to the Housing and Planning Bill 

Commenting on the Housing Bill, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “The government’s focus on getting new homes built is very welcome. In England we are currently building fewer than half the homes we need to keep up with our growing population, and the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

13/10/2015

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CIH comment on 'pay to stay' consultation for social housing tenants 

Commenting on the government’s consultation on the ‘pay to stay’ scheme for social housing tenants, announced today, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “It’s important that the government is looking at how ‘pay to stay’ will work in practice – we’re concerned that it could prove to be quite complex and expensive for social landlords to administer.

09/10/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill 

Commenting on the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill, published today by the Scottish Government, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “The private rented sector has expanded rapidly in recent years and now provides a home for 14 per cent of all households in Scotland, including a growing number of families with children.

08/10/2015

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CIH comment on starter homes and right to buy announcement 

Responding to David Cameron's speech at the Conservative party conference today, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We know that millions of young people desperate to take their first step on the housing ladder are unable to do so because of the cost of buying a home, so it’s positive that the government is looking at ways to help first-time buyers through starter homes. But what about people on lower incomes who can’t afford to buy, even with a 20 per cent discount?

07/10/2015

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New research: Scotland needs 12,000 new affordable homes a year 

The level of need for affordable housing in Scotland is double what is currently being delivered, according to a new report published today by three of Scotland’s leading housing organisations. The report says tackling Scotland’s housing crisis requires at least 12,000 affordable homes to be built each year for the next five years.

05/10/2015

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Report calls for commitment to help 2.3m households in fuel poverty 

A national report, making recommendations as to how government can drive its long-term commitment to helping 2.3 million households out of fuel poverty, has been launched today.

30/09/2015

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CIH chief executive appointed to Redfern review of home ownership 

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat has been appointed to an independent review into home ownership which has been set up by the Labour party.

29/09/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on latest homelessness statistics 

Commenting on the latest quarterly homelessness statistics for Scotland, published today, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland director Annie Mauger said: “Welfare reform and the benefit cap in particular are reducing the amounts available to benefit claimants to cover rent making it increasingly difficult for people to find a suitable, affordable home in the private rented sector.

29/09/2015

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Immigration Bill eviction measures should not be extended to Scotland 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK Government’s 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector.

25/09/2015

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CIH comment on potential right to buy deal 

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “The voluntary arrangement that the National Housing Federation is asking its members to approve recognises that housing associations are independent – and in many cases charities – and helps avoid the risk of the sector being reclassified.

24/09/2015

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CIH comment on latest homelessness figures for England 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 13,850 households were accepted as homeless between 1 April and 30 June 2015 in England, up five per cent compared with the same quarter in 2014.

24/09/2015

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CIH sets up housing academy to combat potential skills shortage 

Housing could face a skills shortage unless the industry redoubles its efforts to attract young talent according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). The housing workforce is currently more qualified than average – but it is also older, raising the risk that skills will be lost as people retire.

23/09/2015

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CIH comment on quarterly right to buy sales 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 2,779 homes were sold by councils through the right to buy scheme in England in April to June 2015, while only 307 were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

17/09/2015

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Housing is infrastructure says CIH Cymru 

Homes should be seen as national infrastructure according to the findings of CIH Cymru’s annual Welsh Housing Review, published today.

17/09/2015

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Use spending review to help people on lower incomes secure affordable homes 

The government’s flagship help to buy scheme should be switched to shared ownership homes to help people on lower incomes get a foot on the property ladder. The recommendation is part of a package of measures put forward by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) ahead of the forthcoming spending review.

10/09/2015

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CIH Scotland comments on updated housing statistics 

Quarterly housing statistics for Scotland have been published today providing an update on new home starts and completions for the second quarter of 2015 for the social sector and for the first quarter of 2015 for the private sector.

08/09/2015

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CIH Scotland responds to the Scottish Government's programme for government 2015/16 

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s programme for government 2015/16, Ashley Campbell, policy and practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: "The Scottish Government’s legislative programme for 2015/16 acknowledges the positive role that housing has to play in promoting social justice, good health and improving our environment.

01/09/2015

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Scottish Household Survey 2014 shows continued decline in home ownership 

Results of the Scottish Household Survey 2014 have been published today (26 August 2015). Released by the Scottish Government, the results include information about Scottish households broken down by housing tenure.

26/08/2015

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CIH comment on latest house building statistics and rural productivity plan 

Commenting on the house building statistics for England for April to June 2015, released today, Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We have failed to build the number of homes we need for decades – the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

20/08/2015

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CIH Northern Ireland welcomes fall in home repossessions 

The number of homes being repossessed in Northern Ireland is at its lowest level since 2007. Figures released by the Court Service today show that there were 283 mortgage repossession actions for the period April to June 2015 - a 62 per cent decrease on last year. Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said: “This is very welcome news for homeowners and the housing market generally. The combination of low interest rates, increased access to government backed mortgage debt advice and more stability in the jobs market has had a steadying effect on housing.”

14/08/2015

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CIH comment on 'right to rent' measures 

Commenting on measures announced by the government to crack down on illegal immigrants renting properties, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Checking immigration status is complicated so landlords may shy away from letting to anyone they believe isn’t British, even if they have a legal right to live in the UK – especially if they face a jail sentence for getting it wrong.

03/08/2015

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New statistics reveal deepening divide in NI housing market 

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said “The statistics show a deepening divide in the housing market. Although the number of house sales is increasing year-on-year, we are also seeing growing levels of homelessness with 19,621 households seeking help from the Housing Executive during 2014-15.

30/07/2015

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Mutual friends: Welsh housing is up for greater role in public service transformation 

More than 60% of respondents at TAI 2015, Wales’ foremost housing conference, said that they thought housing organisations should enthusiastically embrace the opportunities presented by Welsh government’s public service transformation agenda.

23/07/2015

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CIH responds to the summer budget 2015 

Responding to today's budget, Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We support the government’s ambition of building more homes and helping people realise their aspirations of home ownership and work – but not at any price.

08/07/2015

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Welsh housing welcomes challenge to improve leadership diversity  

Four leading Welsh housing organisations have joined forces with Minister Lesley Griffiths to welcome a national challenge to improve diversity in leadership.

29/06/2015

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CIH President to focus on attracting new talent into housing 

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) President Geraldine Howley has pledged to focus on attracting new talent into housing during her year in office. Geraldine, who started her career as a temporary receptionist, is now chief executive at Bradford-based housing group Incommunities.

25/06/2015

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CIH comment on latest right to buy sales figures 

Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 12,304 homes were sold by councils under right to buy in England in 2014/15, while only 1,903 homes were started or acquired to replace them using the receipts.

25/06/2015

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Housing organisations take on diversity challenge 

Housing organisations are signing up to improve the diversity of their leadership. The Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity is making a series of challenges to the sector in its final report, which is being launched tomorrow (Thursday 25 June) at Housing 2015, CIH’s annual conference in Manchester.

24/06/2015

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Housing policy must be based on evidence and experience says new CIH chief executive 

New Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat has called on the government to make sure that housing policy is based on the evidence of its impact on the ground.

23/06/2015

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Value for money in Scottish social housing should consider future tenants according to new report 

Social landlords in Scotland should consider future tenants when analysing the value for money of what they do according to a new report.

23/06/2015

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Reduced benefit cap would make many areas off-limits for larger families  

Many parts of England will become off-limits for larger families on benefits when the overall benefit cap is lowered, according to analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

22/06/2015

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New local government plans published  

Two maps outlining proposals to cut the number of Welsh local authorities from 22 to eight or nine have today been published.

17/06/2015

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Housing chiefs complete charity swim challenge  

CIH President Geraldine Howley took the plunge in Lake Windermere over the weekend to raise money for charity. Geraldine, who is chief executive of Bradford-based Incommunities Group, took part in the Great North Swim with CIH director of membership and education Judy Waugh and colleagues Adrienne Reid and Greg Robinson.

16/06/2015

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Universal credit waiting period could cause serious problems says CIH 

Responding to the government’s decision to go ahead with proposals to introduce a seven-day waiting period before claimants are eligible for universal credit, Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The changes mean that if you lose your job you will have to wait five to six weeks before you receive any money, which could cause serious problems for some people because most universal credit claimants have no savings to fall back on.

11/06/2015

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CIH expanding support for housing professionals in the Republic of Ireland 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is expanding its services in the Republic of Ireland. The organisation has appointed Tricia O’Keefe as professional development co-ordinator.

11/06/2015

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CIH Cymru calls for more investment in social housing 

Following the release of statistics today that show an encouraging increase in new house building in Wales, CIH Cymru is calling on Welsh Government to continue its support for developing social and affordable housing.

10/06/2015

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Housing chiefs in charity swim challenge  

CIH President and Incommunities Group chief executive Geraldine Howley is taking the plunge into Lake Windermere this Saturday (13 June) in support of a national youth charity.

10/06/2015

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Former CIH President raises more than £40,000 for foodbank charity 

Former Chartered Institute of Housing President Steve Stride has raised more than £40,000 for charity. Steve, who is chief executive at east London housing association Poplar HARCA, has spearheaded a range of fundraising events, activities and challenges to raise £40,967 for the Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks and campaigns for an end to food poverty across the UK.

10/06/2015

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Build more affordable homes, boost standards for private renters and help councils tackle rogue landlords 

The chancellor should use next month’s emergency budget to build more affordable homes, improve standards for private renters and give councils more resources to tackle rogue landlords according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

09/06/2015

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CIH NI welcomes investment to improve rural broadband access 

Commenting on Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement of a £1 million investment to help improve rural access to broadband, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said: “Housing problems can be greater for rural communities particularly in isolated areas where people have difficulties accessing services that most take for granted. This investment should help more people get information online including advice, support and government services, which could help to resolve housing problems.

04/06/2015

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New partnership to develop housing leaders of the future 

A new partnership has been signed to develop the housing leaders of the future. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and The Centre for Partnership – part of Bradford-based housing group Incommunities - are teaming up to expand and develop the Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme, which provides training and paid internships for graduates.

02/06/2015

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CIH responds to the Queen's Speech 

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has responded to the Queen’s Speech, which included plans for legislation to extend the right to buy to housing associations, freeze working age benefits for two years, lower the benefit cap and remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

27/05/2015

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CIH Scotland comment on the Queen's Speech 

Commenting on the inclusion of the Scotland Bill in today’s Queen’s Speech, Ashley Campbell, policy and practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: “We welcome the prospect of extra flexibility to allow the benefit system to be tailored to local needs and to underpin wider political ambitions to increase equality and reduce poverty in Scotland.

27/05/2015

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New president confirmed for Chartered Institute of Housing 

Geraldine Howley has been appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) following the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

22/05/2015

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CIH comment on latest house-building figures 

Commenting on the house-building figures for England for January to March 2015, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: "It’s encouraging to see an increase in the number of houses started and completed during January to March compared with the same period last year.

21/05/2015

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Northern Ireland housing market is recovering but supply is a major problem, says CIH NI 

Commenting on the recently released Office for National Statistics House Price Index for March 2015, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said: “The modest but significant rise in house prices is further indication of the green shoots of recovery in the local housing market. This is good news for a lot of homeowners, particularly those in negative equity who want to move but can’t because they are locked into their current mortgage.

20/05/2015

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CIH NI calls for private landlord licensing 

Licensing for private landlords and letting agents through accreditation is the way forward for Northern Ireland according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). A recent poll shows the majority of CIH members in Northern Ireland are in favour of the move.

15/05/2015

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CIH calls for a housing system for everyone 

Ahead of the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI) annual conference taking place in Belfast today, director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden said CIH’s vision is for a “housing system that works for everyone”.

13/05/2015

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CIH Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants.

12/05/2015

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Welsh housing manifesto launched today 

Twenty Welsh housing organisations have joined together under the Homes for All Cymru banner to launch their manifesto, ahead of the National Assembly for Wales 2016 election.

28/04/2015

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Minister to address housing profession as ground-breaking Welsh homelessness legislation begins 

This week Wales will become the first part of the UK to have a statutory duty to provide a homelessness prevention service to its citizens. On Thursday Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, will address TAI, Wales’ biggest housing conference.

27/04/2015

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Majority of public would back next government borrowing to build more affordable homes 

More than half of the English public would support the next government borrowing money to build more affordable homes, according to a new poll.

23/04/2015

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CIH NI calls for right to buy review in Northern Ireland 

Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said “Right-to-buy – known locally as the house sales scheme already applies to housing associations in Northern Ireland. It should be reviewed here with an aim to protect existing housing stock – it could cause a drop of 3,250 Housing Executive homes over the next ten years.

14/04/2015

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CIH response to Conservative manifesto pledge to extend right to buy to housing associations 

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Extending right to buy to housing associations is not going to tackle the housing crisis – in fact it could make things worse for people on lower incomes who are already struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.

14/04/2015

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New government should adopt a more flexible approach to right to buy 

The next government should adopt a more flexible approach to the Right to Buy (RTB) scheme say councils, as a new survey shows most authorities only expect to be able to replace half or fewer of the homes they sell under it. The survey was carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA).

04/04/2015

Press release

Chartered Institute of Housing members vote for new Vice President 

Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have elected Julie Fadden as the organisation’s new Vice President. Julie, who is chief executive of The SLH Group in Liverpool, was up against Stephen Cook, chief executive of Valleys to Coast Housing in Bridgend, Wales.

02/04/2015

Press release

CIH responds to 2015 Budget announcement 

The introduction of help to buy ISAs was the major housing news in George Osborne’s final Budget announcement before the election. CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart’s gives his initial take on the initiative.

18/03/2015

Press release

Welsh Housing Contingent to fly the flag in Westminster 

A fifty strong Welsh contingent is travelling to London today to discuss with Welsh MPs how the decisions they make in Westminster are impacting the housing sector in Wales.

17/03/2015

Press release

Housing crisis can be solved – but only with right political will and leadership 

Housing can help tackle inequality and drive economic growth – but only with the right political will and leadership, according to the interim chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

12/03/2015

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Politicians must recognise central role of housing in society says CIH Scotland Board Chair 

Politicians must recognise the central role housing plays in society according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland Board Chair Keith Anderson. Speaking at CIH Scotland’s Annual Conference and Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow today (Tuesday 10 March), Mr Anderson challenged politicians, housing professionals and the business community to work more closely together to create a housing system that works for everyone.

10/03/2015

Press release

Young people and people on lower incomes paying the price for our broken housing market 

Young people and people on lower incomes are paying the price for the UK’s broken housing market according to a new report.

09/03/2015

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27 April 2016, The SSE Swalec

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26-28 April 2016, Cardiff

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Walking Tour of Saltaire 

12 May 2016, Saltaire

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Anti-social behaviour - challenges and solutions 

28 April 2016, Glasgow

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20 & 21 April 2016

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19 - 20 April 2016

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7 April, Newcastle Civic Centre

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Protecting vulnerable people 

22 March 2016, Glasgow

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The Big Conversation: for new housing professionals 

22 March 2016, The Studio, Manchester

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17 March 2016, Wakefield

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Yorkshire and Humberside: Increasing staff resilience in turbulent times 

17 March 2016, Halifax

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East Midlands: Welfare Reform: New Challenges Ahead 

15 March 2016, Leicester Tigers RFC

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Rethinking repairs 

15 March 2016, Manchester

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How will the changes to the Housing and Planning bill affect the services you deliver? 

10 March 2016 - Country Durham

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CIH South East Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner 

9 March 2016, The Grand Hotel, Brighton

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CIH South East Regional Conference 

8-10 March 2016, The Brighton Centre

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South East Conference - Exhibition Visitor Registration 

8-10 March 2016, The Brighton Centre

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8 March 2016 - Pitcher and Piano, Brighton

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CIH NW Home Ownership Event - Manchester 

3 March 2016 - Manchester

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CIH Scotland Conference 2016 

1-2 March 2016, Edinburgh

Conference

CIH Yorkshire and Humberside Careers Event: Developing your LinkedIn Profile 

29 February 2016, Venue: Shipley

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'Welfare Reform - what next' - Suffolk 

Monday 29 February 2016 - Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

Event

CIH NW Home Ownership Event - St Helens. 

26 February 2016 - St Helens

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Welcome to the Octavia Club 

25/2/16, London South Bank University, SE1

Event

Housing Management Conference 

24 - 25 February, Crowne Plaza Nottingham

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