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Scotland’s housing professionals recognised at CIH Scotland Excellence Awards

Housing organisations and professionals were recognised for the work they do to improve people’s lives and communities at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland Excellence Awards.

24/11/2014

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CIH comment on latest house-building figures in England

Commenting on today's house-building figures in England for July to September 2014, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long said: "It's encouraging to see an eight per cent increase in the number of new homes built in the year to September. We not only need to keep that momentum up, we need to accelerate it – which makes the 10 per cent fall in new homes started in July to September compared to the previous quarter particularly worrying.

20/11/2014

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Use autumn statement to support private tenants at risk of becoming homeless, says CIH

The chancellor should use next month’s autumn statement to increase support for private tenants at risk of becoming homeless, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). CIH said the government should also review the right to buy scheme and consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families.

14/11/2014

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CIH comment on new figures on net supply of housing in England

Commenting on today's figures on the net supply of housing in England in 2013-14, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “It’s encouraging to see a 10% increase in the net supply of homes and in the number of new homes built.

13/11/2014

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Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for April to June 2014, released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said: “We’re concerned that there has been a 10 per cent jump in the number of homeless households presenting to the Housing Executive since early 2013. The main reason is that more people are losing rented accommodation, mostly private rented, which indicates that welfare reform changes are already biting.

12/11/2014

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Housing Executive ‘committed’ to continuous staff improvement

Speaking after the presentation to Housing Executive learners who have completed CIH certificates in housing practice and housing maintenance, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden said: “At CIH we exist to promote professional standards in housing.

05/11/2014

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More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

Giving the Scottish government extra powers could help it build more homes and improve the country’s housing system, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland.

31/10/2014

Type:Press release

The jury is still out on rent control in Ireland says CIH

Commenting on the recommendations of the “Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector” report commissioned by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director in the Republic of Ireland, said: “It is vital that the government does all it can to reduce unaffordable private rents, especially in Dublin. It’s also imperative that private tenants have consistent property standards.

24/10/2014

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CIH comment on the Lyons Housing Review

Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and a member of the Lyons commission, said: "This report is a detailed blueprint for action on most of the main barriers to building 200,000 homes a year.

16/10/2014

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New director to join CIH

A new director for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Annie Mauger will take on the new role of executive director of CIH’s national business units, which means she will oversee the organisation’s operations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. She will be based in Edinburgh.

16/10/2014

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CIH welcomes ambitious Irish budget for social housing

Commenting on the measures announced in today’s budget, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director in the Republic of Ireland, said: “The government has taken the first step along an ambitious path with its first post-bailout budget.

14/10/2014

Type:Press release

CIH Scotland comment on Scottish Budget statement

Commenting on the Scottish Budget announcement, David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, said: "The additional £125 million for affordable housing is welcome – but it simply isn’t enough to deliver the new social rented homes that Scotland desperately needs.

10/10/2014

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Mortgage limits a ‘sensible measure’ for recovering Irish housing industry

Mortgage limits are a sensible measure to increase the financial resilience of the housing industry in Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). But the organisation added that they could highlight affordability issues in Dublin where more homes are desperately needed.

07/10/2014

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CIH chief executive leaving to take up new role

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has announced that its chief executive Grainia Long is to leave the organisation to become chief executive at the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), based in Dublin.

01/10/2014

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CIH comment on Conservative proposal to freeze working age benefits

Commenting on George Osborne’s speech at the Conservative party conference today where he announced proposals to freeze working age benefits for two years, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We are extremely concerned about this proposal, as it fails to reflect the reality of the housing crisis. We are not building enough homes, which means the cost of housing and therefore the housing benefit bill is going up.

29/09/2014

Type:Press release

Homelessness figures confirm need for review of housing and welfare policy conflict

Commenting on the homelessness figures for England for April to June 2014, Melanie Rees, policy services manager at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “While the number of people accepted as homeless fell very slightly compared to the same quarter last year, there is a disturbing picture of suffering for increasing numbers of vulnerable people behind that headline figure.

25/09/2014

Type:Press release

4...3...2...1...ACT-ion

Featuring four Housing ministers, three sectors, a two-home cake and one housing system, Welsh housing gave a warm welcome to the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 this week.

24/09/2014

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CIH comment on Ed Miliband's Labour party conference speech

'Building as many homes as we need' was named as one of six priorities by Labour leader Ed Miliband in his speech at the party's annual conference today. Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: "We are currently building less than half the number of homes we need – the result is a housing crisis in which millions of people are being priced out of a decent home, whether that’s to rent or buy.

23/09/2014

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CIH comment on Scottish referendum vote

Commenting on the no vote in the Scottish independence referendum, David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, said: “This historic vote has huge implications not just for housing and welfare policy in Scotland, but for the economic environment in which we operate.

19/09/2014

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Shift spending from benefits to building homes and tackling unemployment

Shifting spending from housing benefit to house building and tackling low pay and unemployment is the best way of lifting people out of poverty and cutting the housing benefit bill, according to a new report.

15/09/2014

Type:Press release

CIH comment on the government’s Housing Standards Review: Technical Consultation

Commenting on the government’s Housing Standards Review: Technical Consultation, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director of policy and practice Gavin Smart said: “We currently build the smallest homes in Europe and our ageing population means that more and more properties will need to be adapted in order to meet older people’s needs.

15/09/2014

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CIH Scotland charity golf day a huge success

This year’s CIH Scotland charity golf tournament, hosted by 2013 winners Everwarm Ltd, took place on Tuesday 9th September 2014 and was once again a huge success.

12/09/2014

Type:Press release

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

The conflict between welfare and housing policy is causing increasing homelessness and should be subject to a national review, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

11/09/2014

Type:Press release

Viability is key for new social housing contribution in Northern Ireland

A realistic and viable rate will be essential in building social homes through planning obligations – and lessons must be learned from other parts of the UK and Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI).

10/09/2014

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Tell us your experiences of diversity in housing

Housing professionals and organisations are being invited to share their experiences to improve the diversity of housing industry leaders.

10/09/2014

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Landlords need carrot as well as stick to improve the private rented sector

Extra tax breaks should be offered to landlords who sign up for a national accreditation scheme to raise standards in the private rented sector, according to a new report.

30/08/2014

Type:Press release

CIH comment on house-building figures April-June 2014

Commenting on the house-building figures for England for April to June 2014, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long said: “It is encouraging to see an increase in the number of new homes started and completed in the year to June.

21/08/2014

Type:Press release

New head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland

A new head of policy and public affairs has been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland. David Ogilvie, who has taken up his new role today (Monday 18 August), was previously policy manager at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

18/08/2014

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Lessons learned elsewhere vital for new social housing contribution in Northern Ireland

Using planning obligations to get more affordable homes built could work well in Northern Ireland – but lessons must be learned from other parts of the UK and Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI).

13/08/2014

Type:Press release

CIH appoints interim director for Scotland

An interim director has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland. Catherine Lowe, who is interim head of learning and development at CIH Scotland, will take up her new role at the end of August when current director Alan Ferguson steps down.

07/08/2014

Type:Press release

CIH appoints new director of operations

A new director of operations has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Julie Soutter, who is head of operations at the Technology Strategy Board, the UK government’s innovation agency, will take up her new role in September.

04/08/2014

Type:Press release

CIH appoints new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

A new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Nicola McCrudden, who is currently policy and communications manager at Northern Ireland housing advice charity Housing Rights Service, will take up her new role in early October.

23/07/2014

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'We believe the bedroom tax should be scrapped'

Commenting on the Liberal Democrat calls for changes to the bedroom tax, Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “It’s been clear for some time that the bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Great Britain.

17/07/2014

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U.S model could help housing associations build homes without government funding

Tax credits could help housing associations build homes without the need for increased government grant funding according to a new report examining their successful use in the USA.

10/07/2014

Type:Press release

New housebuilding figures paint bleak picture

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for January to March 2014, released today, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI), said: “Social housing had its best year in a decade, but overall the figures paint a bleak picture for house-building in Northern Ireland as the crisis in housing continues.

09/07/2014

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More urgency needed from housing industry and government says CIH President

Speaking at Housing 2014, CIH’s annual conference and exhibition in Manchester today (Thursday 26 June), Steve Stride urged the industry to make the most of its potential to tackle the housing crisis – and called for “a new urgency” from central and local government.

26/06/2014

Type:Press release

Headline homelessness figures hiding disturbing picture

Headline homelessness figures are hiding a disturbing picture of increasing suffering, according to analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Although homelessness numbers have remained fairly stable over the past year, the numbers of people sleeping rough and living in temporary accommodation have both increased, as well as the number of repossessions by landlords.

25/06/2014

Type:Press release

Time to change the housing story says Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive

The government should set a national target for house-building and build more homes for social rent to help tackle the housing crisis, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

24/06/2014

Type:Press release

Frontline housing workers to work more closely with residents

Frontline housing professionals believe they will need to work more closely with residents and more creatively in the future according to new research.

23/06/2014

Type:Press release

Cost of housing fuelling fears for the future

One in five Britons fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing, according to a new survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)/Ipsos MORI.

21/06/2014

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Housing crisis taking its toll on private renters: new poll

More than a third of private renters in Great Britain fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing, according to a new survey.

21/06/2014

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One in three Londoners fear having to move out due to high cost of housing

One in three Londoners fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing, according to a new survey.

21/06/2014

Type:Press release

Housing sector must reflect deeply on Cosmopolitan failures says CIH

Responding to the Altair report Cosmopolitan Housing Group: Lessons Learned, Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: "The eventual rescue of Cosmopolitan marked a successful resolution to a critically important period for the housing association sector.

17/06/2014

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CIH comment on Help to Buy mortgage guarantee statistics

Commenting on the first Help to Buy mortgage guarantee statistics released today, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “While it is encouraging to see that 80% of the purchases supported by Help to Buy mortgage guarantees were by first-time buyers, we still have concerns about this scheme.

29/05/2014

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CIH comment on launch of London Rental Standard

Commenting on today's launch of the London Rental Standard, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “With more and more people living in the private rented sector – including more older people, more families with children and more vulnerable people from the housing waiting list – it’s vital that we look carefully at new ways to raise standards.

28/05/2014

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New build figures welcome but case for greater investment remains, says CIH Scotland

Commenting on the latest Scottish Government figures on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, CIH Scotland Director Alan Ferguson said:

27/05/2014

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New President takes office at Chartered Institute of Housing

Steve Stride has today been appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) following the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Steve, who is chief executive of housing association Poplar HARCA and has been CIH Vice President for the past 12 months, takes over the role from Paul Tennant.

14/05/2014

Type:Press release

CIH Scotland Welcomes Regulator’s Housing Options Report

The Scottish Housing Regulator’s long awaited report on the housing options approach is an important contribution to building a picture of the challenges facing councils and their partners in implementing Scotland’s pioneering homelessness legislation, according to CIH Scotland.

13/05/2014

Type:Press release

CIH appoints Gavin Smart as new deputy chief executive

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has announced that its deputy chief executive and director of operations Jeff James is to leave the organisation to take up the role of chief executive at The National Archives.

07/05/2014

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JRF report shows increased housing supply is crucial, says CIH Scotland

The huge increase in the number of people in poverty in the private rented sector reinforces the importance of maximising the supply of new social sector housing, says CIH Scotland.

07/05/2014

Type:Press release

CIH Scotland welcomes decision on lifting DHP cap

CIH Scotland has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to devolve to the Scottish Government a power to raise the existing limit on Discretionary Housing Payment expenditure.

06/05/2014

Type:Press release

CIH Scotland disappointed by decision on Housing Bill age issue

CIH Scotland says it is extremely disappointed by the Housing Minister's decision to drop Section 5 of the Housing Bill, which would have lifted the prohibition on taking age into account in allocations.

06/05/2014

Type:Press release

NI new home starts fall to lowest point since crash

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for October to December 2013, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI), said: “The number of new homes being started has fallen to the lowest point since the housing market crash, as the crisis in housing deepens.

30/04/2014

Type:Press release

Poorer families being driven out of private rented sector in parts of London

Welfare reform is driving poorer families out of the private rented sector in parts of London according to new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). In Kensington & Chelsea, the number of people claiming housing benefit in the private rented sector has fallen by more than a quarter since March 2011 and in Westminster by nearly a third.

29/04/2014

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Housing Bill: Ministers should stand firm on the age issue

Today’s Stage One debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill is a pre-cursor to the detailed examination of the provisions at its (Committee) Stage Two next month.

28/04/2014

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Chartered Institute of Housing welcomes new corporate partner

One of the biggest housing providers in the UK has signed up to a new corporate partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). The two-year deal will see CIH providing membership, qualifications, training and development and business advisory services for Home Group, which is the fourth biggest housing provider in the UK.

16/04/2014

Type:Press release

Millions of private renters putting up with substandard homes

A third of private rented homes in England are failing decency standards according to a new report. Thirty-three per cent of the country’s private rented homes would have failed the government’s Decent Homes Standard (the test for social housing introduced in 2000) in 2012, according to analysis in the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) UK Housing Review 2014, which is being launched today.

14/04/2014

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Costs soar for first time buyers

House prices paid by first-time buyers across the UK have more than doubled since 2001, according to a new report. The average first-time buyer price rose by 120 per cent from £85,021 in 2001 to £189,668 in 2013, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) UK Housing Review 2014.

11/04/2014

Type:Press release

Long-term focus crucial to solving housing crisis in Northern Ireland

Politicians must take a longer term view of housing if they want to make a real difference to the number of homes being built, according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long.

10/04/2014

Type:Press release

Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment, says CIH Scotland

Whilst the Scottish Government has gone a long way to cover the cost of the bedroom tax in 2014/15, it has not given tenants and landlords clear advice about whether or not the liability should be paid, according to CIH Scotland.

09/04/2014

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CIH members vote for new Vice President

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) members have elected Geraldine Howley as the organisation’s new Vice President. Mrs Howley, who is chief executive of Bradford-based housing group Incommunities, was up against Elaine Gibson, director of Ayrshire housing association ANCHO, and Jim Strang, chief executive of Parkhead Housing Association in Glasgow.

09/04/2014

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Welfare reform 'hitting vulnerable people': CIH comment on select committee report

Commenting on the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report on support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “It is clear that the committee has considered the evidence submitted by CIH and organisations that work with the people worst affected by welfare reform very carefully – we hope the government takes its recommendations equally seriously.”

03/04/2014

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Social landlords will embrace new energy standard, says CIH Scotland

Scotland’s councils and housing associations will take on the challenge of meeting new energy efficiency standards because the sector believes in high standards, according to CIH Scotland.

28/03/2014

Type:Press release

Regulator’s ‘negativity’ worries landlords, reports CIH Scotland survey

Three quarters of senior council and housing association staff have concerns about how the Scottish Housing Regulator is carrying out its functions, according to CIH Scotland.

26/03/2014

Type:Press release

Thousands of new housing and regeneration jobs created

A major new survey has concluded that the thousands of jobs and training opportunities created through housing investment has largely been 'below economic radar', according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Cymru.

24/03/2014

Type:Press release

Regulator’s ‘negativity’ worries landlords, reports CIH Scotland survey

Three quarters of senior council and housing association staff have concerns about how the Scottish Housing Regulator is carrying out its functions, according to CIH Scotland.

20/03/2014

Type:Press release

CIH call is answered as support for small and medium builders is announced in budget

Commenting on the measures announced in today’s Budget, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “Historically we know that small and medium sized builders have played a critical part in delivering new homes.

19/03/2014

Type:Press release

Private rented sector in Wales

The Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru has joined forces with six partner organisations to assert our support for the proposed national and mandatory registration and licensing scheme, to better regulate private landlords, letting and management agents in Wales.

17/03/2014

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Big questions over public expenditure after the Referendum, says new report

Major areas of uncertainty make it difficult to assess likely levels of public expenditure under either Referendum outcome, according to the first of a series of new reports on the Referendum implications from the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland.

12/03/2014

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Housing benefit has made landlords complacent, says CIH Scotland Chair

Social landlords have allowed tenants to disconnect from their contractual responsibility to pay rent, according to CIH Scotland Chair Elaine Gibson. Opening CIH Scotland’s Annual Conference and Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow today, Ms Gibson will say that the housing benefit system has meant landlords have come to rely on an assured source of income, with payments arriving for little effort expended.

11/03/2014

Type:Press release

Welfare reform and housing shortage changing frontline housing roles

Welfare reform, lack of housing supply and the increasing gap between income and housing costs are having the biggest impact on frontline housing roles according to new research.

10/03/2014

Type:Press release

Funding for housing qualifications welcomed by CIH Northern Ireland

CIH NI welcomes the news that many new students on this year’s level 3 housing qualifications will benefit from up to 75% funding from Asset Skills NI.

06/03/2014

Type:Press release

Catch up still needed in Affordable Housing Supply Programme, says CIH Scotland

The latest housing supply figures from the Scottish Government appear to show a worrying rate of approvals and starts in the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, according to CIH Scotland.

04/03/2014

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Chartered Institute of Housing celebrates 2014 award winners at Belfast City Hall

The outstanding contribution that housing makes to our communities was celebrated at an annual awards ceremony this week.

28/02/2014

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Bold and brave solutions needed to tackle Northern Ireland housing crisis

‘Bold and brave solutions’ are crucial to tackle the housing crisis in Northern Ireland, according to the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Speaking at the CIH Northern Ireland Annual Housing Awards in Belfast tonight (Friday 28 February), Paul Tennant will challenge ministers to work with housing organisations to put an “unequivocal and relentless focus” on building a new generation of homes and communities.

28/02/2014

Type:Press release

Three candidates to contest CIH Vice Presidential election

Three high-profile housing figures will contest the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Vice Presidential election 2014. The three candidates, who were openly recruited based on skills and experiences, are all CIH members.

28/02/2014

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New build barriers persist, says CIH Scotland

Last year’s grant rates rise has enhanced development capacity in the Scottish housing sector, but many providers are still struggling to make new build stack up, according to a CIH Scotland survey of senior staff.

25/02/2014

Type:Press release

Remove stamp duty to help older people downsize says CIH

The chancellor should use next month’s budget to make better use of existing homes, increase house building and encourage higher standards of housing. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) says the government should consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families.

21/02/2014

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CIH comment on 2013 house-building figures

Commenting on the latest house-building figures for England, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long said: “These figures are further confirmation that we are nowhere near tackling our national housing crisis, which means that millions of people are being denied access to a decent home at a price they can afford.

20/02/2014

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Alex Neil to address April conference on Housing and Dementia

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, is to address CIH Scotland’s conference on Housing and Dementia on 29 April in Edinburgh.

18/02/2014

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Obstacles to housing supply must be removed says CIH NI

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2012-2013, Josie Twinning, interim director at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “The latest figures confirm that completions of new homes are continuing to increase in the private sector.

14/02/2014

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CIH member to run 156 miles across the Sahara to raise money for charity

Social housing consultant Steve Smedley is to run six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert to raise money for charity. The 50-year-old is taking on the gruelling Marathon des Sables – dubbed the toughest foot race on earth – in a bid to raise cash for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which campaigns for an end to child poverty in the UK.

14/02/2014

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CIH Vice President calls for 'relentless focus' on building homes

The incoming President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has challenged politicians to work more closely with housing professionals to develop effective, long-term solutions to the housing crisis. Speaking at CIH’s annual Presidential Dinner at the Natural History Museum in London last night, Steve Stride also challenged housing organisations to put a “relentless focus” on building a new generation of homes.

06/02/2014

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Government to review how more social homes can be built

Responding to today's launch of a government review into how more social homes can be built, Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “We are in the grip of a housing crisis, with millions of people being denied access to a decent home at a price they can afford.

30/01/2014

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More action needed on housing says CIH NI

Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland housing bulletin for July to September 2013, released today, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland, said: “The trend in private sector completions continues to increase compared with the low point of mid-2012.

29/01/2014

Type:Press release

Room for manoeuvre on timing of right to buy abolition, says CIH Scotland

Tenants should not need as much as three years’ notice of the abolition of the right to buy, CIH Scotland is arguing.

22/01/2014

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Government focusing on welfare not housing market problems says CIH

Responding to George Osborne's comments earlier today on the need for further cuts to welfare, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “In an attempt to control costs, government is concentrating its efforts on entitlement to benefits rather than the fundamental problems in our housing and labour markets.

06/01/2014

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Housing professionals think Welsh homelessness will rise

An independent survey, commissioned by CIH Cymru, has revealed that almost all respondents expect to see family homelessness in Wales increase in the next 12 months, with only 3% of the housing professionals surveyed expecting to see homelessness decrease. This is despite recent falls in homelessness levels in Wales.

19/12/2013

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Housing (Scotland) Bill – New Briefing from CIH Scotland

A free briefing on the Housing (Scotland) Bill has been produced by CIH Scotland. The Bill was published in late November and starts its Parliamentary stages in January 2014.

18/12/2013

Type:Press release

CIH chief executive appointed to Lyons Commission on housing

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long has been appointed to an independent commission tasked with exploring ways to boost house building. The commission, chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, has been set up by the Labour party to draw up a road map for increasing the supply of new homes in England to more than 200,000 a year by the end of the next parliament.

16/12/2013

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CIH Northern Ireland director to step down

Cecilia Keaveney, director at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland, is stepping down at the end of December to pursue new challenges. CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: “During the last year Cecilia has led the development and delivery of CIH’s work in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

13/12/2013

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Seeing the positive side of the private rented sector

A new publication highlighting good practice in the private rented sector has been produced by CIH Scotland

13/12/2013

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Universal credit will threaten rent setting freedom, says CIH Scotland

A greater proportion of social housing tenants will be on benefit under universal credit than is currently the case under housing benefit, with significant implications for landlords’ ability to set their own rents, according to CIH Scotland

11/12/2013

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Welfare reform and temporary accommodation - new CIH Scotland briefing

In response to the severe impact of the welfare reforms on temporary accommodation for homeless households, a briefing has been produced by CIH Scotland explaining how current and future reforms affect this provision.

11/12/2013

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Jim Dennison to leave CIH

Jim Dennison, head of operations at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI), is leaving to take up a new role as chief executive of the Simon Community Northern Ireland. Jim joined CIH in 2010 and is due to take up his new post at the homelessness charity in January 2014.

05/12/2013

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CIH reaction to the Autumn Statement

Commenting on the measures announced in today's Autumn Statement, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We are pleased that the Chancellor has acknowledged the principle that councils should be allowed to borrow more so they can build more homes, which CIH has been calling for.

05/12/2013

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Housing Minister launches Help to Buy – Wales

Help to Buy – Wales, a shared equity loan scheme, will launch in Wales in January 2014, Minister Carl Sargeant has announced.

27/11/2013

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YES or NO – case must be made for housing investment, says CIH Scotland

The case for housing investment will always have to be argued whatever the outcome of the Referendum, according to CIH Scotland. And there is unlikely to be absolute certainty about which Referendum outcome would be best for housing investment, CIH added.

27/11/2013

Type:Press release

Housing Bill and abolition of right to buy welcomed by CIH Scotland

The commitment to abolishing the right to buy in Scotland has once again been welcomed by CIH Scotland. Commenting on the publication of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, Alan Ferguson, CIH Scotland Director, said:

22/11/2013

Type:Press release

Petition on bedroom tax evictions has already caused damage, says CIH Scotland

The Govan Law Centre petition and Private Member’s Bill seeking to outlaw bedroom tax evictions have already contributed to a belief among some tenants that paying their rent is optional, according to CIH Scotland.

12/11/2013

Type:Press release

 

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