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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Use Autumn statement to help raise standards in private rented sector and build more homes

The Chancellor should use next month’s Autumn statement to explore new ways of boosting standards in the private rented sector, help councils build more homes and give more support to people affected by welfare reform.

22/11/2013

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CIH comments on latest house building figures

Commenting on the latest house building statistics for England, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “It is two years since the government announced its ‘ambitious’ housing strategy for England which the Prime Minister said would drive up the level of house building, ensure we are helping new home owners and boost consumer confidence.

21/11/2013

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Wales’ first housing bill is government for grown-ups, says CIH Cymru

The launch of the Housing (Wales) Bill is a momentous occasion as Wales finally cuts the umbilical cord of housing policy with Westminster.

19/11/2013

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Welfare reform making it harder to help people in need of housing

Welfare reform is putting pressure on the way social housing is allocated and making it more difficult to help people who are in the most need of housing, according to a new survey.

19/11/2013

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Proposed changes to ASB legislation 'could have catastrophic results'

Proposed amendments to new crime and anti-social behaviour legislation could have catastrophic results for some victims, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

15/11/2013

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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

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Frontline Futures project to examine changing role of the housing officer

The value of the frontline housing officer and the changing face of the role is to be examined by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland and Wheatley Housing Group. The organisations have commissioned the Centre for Comparative Housing Research (CCHR) at De Montfort University, Leicester, to reach out to those working in housing across the UK to ask for their views and examples of good practice.

11/11/2013

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Prime Minister announces devolution of stamp duty

Wales will be able to control stamp duty paid by house buyers in future under plans announced by Prime Minister David Cameron today at the Senedd.

01/11/2013

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CIH comment: response to consultation ‘Rents for social housing 2015-2016’

In response to the governments’ open consultation: ‘Rents for social housing from 2015 to 2016’, issued on 31 October 2013, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “Rent policy is a fundamental and we are very pleased that a ten year deal on rents has been agreed.

31/10/2013

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Regulator's arrears survey throws up thorny issues, says CIH Scotland

The Scottish Housing Regulator’s survey on the early impact of welfare reform on rent arrears is very welcome but throws up some issues of concern, according to CIH Scotland.

24/10/2013

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Benefit cap struggling to meet its aims, CIH research shows

The government’s benefit cap will struggle to deliver its objectives of saving taxpayers’ money and encouraging people into work, according to the first major study on the cap’s implementation published today.

23/10/2013

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Extra funding welcome but more needed to tackle housing supply crisis

Responding to Minister Hamilton’s October monitoring round allocations for housing, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland director Cecilia Keaveney said:“As the UK region worst hit by the crash, the housing sector has been a difficult place in Northern Ireland for many people.

21/10/2013

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CIH and CIPFA launch new joint HRA code for councils

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have today launched a new joint voluntary code of practice for local authorities to use with their Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA).

17/10/2013

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Housing a clear priority for Welsh Government

The draft budget for 2014-15, setting out Welsh Government’s spending plans for the next two years, has been published. The budget announces an additional £170m in housing initiatives as well as additional protection for housing-related support services. Highlights include:

10/10/2013

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CIH comment on Immigration Bill

Commenting on the government's Immigration Bill, which is due to be published today and will require private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants, Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “This proposed change will make it much harder for non-British people to access housing even when they have a legal right to live in the UK.

10/10/2013

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Kris Hopkins takes over housing brief

Commenting on the announcement that Kris Hopkins MP is to take over the government's housing brief, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “We welcome Kris Hopkins to his new post and look forward to working with him to help come up with solutions to our national housing crisis.

08/10/2013

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CIH comment on launch of Help to Buy 2

Commenting on today's launch of the second phase of the government's Help to Buy scheme - which has been brought forward from January - Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “CIH has already warned that the government still has more to do to address concerns that the second phase of Help to Buy could have unintended consequences for the housing market.

08/10/2013

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Stepping up to Scrutiny Programme launched at Glasgow and Perth events

Tenants and staff from organisations taking part in the Scottish Government’s national Stepping Up to Scrutiny training and learning programme have been talking about how invaluable the programme has been, at events to launch the programme last week in Glasgow and Perth.

07/10/2013

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Welfare reforms 'will cost Northern Ireland £750m'

Commenting on a new report that claims welfare reform will take £750m a year out of the economy in Northern Ireland, CIH NI director Cecilia Keaveney said: "This report shows that welfare reform is going to have a bigger financial impact on Northern Ireland than on any other part of the UK, which is sadly not surprising.

03/10/2013

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Cutting benefits for under 25s a dangerous move

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long has appeared on BBC News commenting on Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal to cut housing benefit and jobseeker's allowance for under 25s who are not in work, education or training. She said: “We think this would be a dangerous move.

02/10/2013

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Wales cuts housing ‘umbilical cord’ with England

Wales is crafting an increasingly independent approach to meeting housing need and raising standards when compared to England, a new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Cymru concludes.

02/10/2013

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New proposals for private rented sector

Commenting on the government's announcement of a new package of measures aimed at encouraging more family-friendly tenancies in the private rented sector, Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “We’re pleased to see the government recognising that private tenants need more help to secure their rights and get the conditions they want.

01/10/2013

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Outlawing bedroom tax evictions will send the wrong messages, says CIH Scotland

The proposed Bill to outlaw bedroom tax evictions is well intended but will send all the wrong messages to tenants, according to CIH Scotland.

30/09/2013

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Help to Buy brought forward - CIH comment

Commenting on David Cameron's announcement that the second phase of the Help to Buy scheme will be launched this week - three months earlier than planned - Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “Government guarantees can be a useful way of supporting housing market activity. But they must be very carefully designed to make sure they do not simply boost the availability of credit – and therefore demand – without leading to new supply.

30/09/2013

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CIH Northern Ireland launches 2014 Housing Awards

The outstanding contribution that housing makes to our communities will be celebrated at an annual awards ceremony. Organisations and individuals are invited to submit nominations for the fifth Annual Housing Awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Northern Ireland, from Thursday 26 September.

26/09/2013

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CIH comment on Labour pledge to provide 200,000 homes a year

Commenting on Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech to his party's conference in Brighton today, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “CIH has been calling on all parties to prioritise housing. So it is heartening to hear Ed Miliband put housing centre stage which is exactly where it needs to be if we are to stand any chance of tackling the housing crisis that continues to cause misery for millions of people across Great Britain.

24/09/2013

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Labour pledges to scrap the bedroom tax

Commenting on Labour's announcement that it will repeal the bedroom tax if the party is elected, Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The bedroom tax is not fair – it has become clear since its introduction that this policy is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Great Britain, as many in the housing industry warned it would.

20/09/2013

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Budget plans are very good news for affordable housing, says CIH Scotland

The Scottish Government’s provisional announcement of a £390m budget for affordable housing supply in 2015/16 has been warmly welcomed by CIH Scotland.

17/09/2013

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UN investigator calls for rethink on bedroom tax

The UN Special Rapporteur on housing has called for the bedroom tax to be suspended following a visit to the UK. Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), which gave evidence to Raquel Rolnik’s investigation, said: “We agree with Ms Rolnik’s damning assessment of the crisis in the UK’s housing system. The bedroom tax doesn’t work, it isn’t fair and the government needs to think again.

11/09/2013

Type:Press release

UN investigator calls for rethink on bedroom tax

The UN Special Rapporteur on housing has called for the bedroom tax to be suspended following a visit to the UK. Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland director Cecilia Keaveney, who met Raquel Rolnik on her visit to Belfast, said: “The bedroom tax is not fair – this policy will penalise some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country who may have no option but to cut spending on essentials Iike food and fuel to keep a roof over their heads.

11/09/2013

Type:Press release

Stepping up to Scrutiny programme launches

Three Scottish social landlords who have already started the Scottish Government’s national scrutiny training and learning programme will describe their experience to date when the programme is officially launched with two free events in Glasgow and Perth in October.

10/09/2013

Type:Press release

Mixed reaction from CIH Scotland on housing tribunal announcement

The Scottish Government’s announcement that a new housing tribunal system is to be introduced is very welcome, but there is disappointment that it is to apply only to the private rented sector, according to CIH Scotland.

06/09/2013

Type:Press release

 

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