The annual UK Housing Review is packed with data and analysis about the housing market, social housing, benefits and homelessness. ICIH and the Review’s main authors explored some of the main headlines and findings from across the year, and took a deep dive into issues such as how we deal with homelessness post-Covid, whether schemes to help first-time buyers are working, and whether the government’s housing investment plans will achieve their targets.
Onward Homes and Stockport Homes shared their experience of working alongside residents to shape their services and make improvements to their business by listening to, and acting on resident feedback.
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With the Scottish Government set to launch its 20 year strategy for the housing sector we considered the implication of the plan on the profession, landlords and tenants. We heard how the strategy will impact housing professionals and the service provided for tenants and communities.
Speakers from across the sector considered how the plan meets the ambition set out in the vision, and what measures need to be put in place for the strategy to be realised.
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Additional resources - member-only briefing
This event was the final part of our 2020/21 Older people's virtual housing conference which was delivered in partnership with Erosh and sponsored by Alertacall.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we live and work and the sector has stepped-up in ways which have made a massive difference to the lives of older people, their families and carers. Whilst the pandemic continues, the issues the sector grappled with previously aren’t on pause.
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In addition, here is the film that Andrew Burns played as part of his presentation Intergenerational choir.
Unfortunately we can't share the film 'Silver Stories' played by Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, as the music only has permission for live airing. However, if you are a housing provider who would like to know more about how you can get involved with Silver Stories, you can contact them via email or complete the contact form on the Silver Stories website.
Regulation will be changing and it is vital that the sector responds and prepares early for any changes. Our speakers set out the direction of travel for organisations, sharing their experiences plus an update from the Regulator for Social Housing, providing a glimpse into the future and the things that boards need to be preparing for now.
We heard from a range of speakers on this full day event dedicated to promoting different aspects of careers in housing.
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Additional resources to support National careers week can be viewed here:
This event was Part four of our 2020 virtual conference in partnership with Erosh and sponsored by Alertacall. We heard about the real challenges that remain around accessible and adaptable housing for older LGBT people and what support is out there.
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Employability programmes have significantly grown in importance in the UK and there has never been a more important time to provide opportunity for our communities to thrive during these extremely challenging times.
We heard from Homes for Lambeth about their experience and approach, lessons learned and listened to some of the interns and apprentices about why they chose this path and about their introduction to developing a career in housing.
This was the final of a seven part webinar series which drilled into more of the detail for each of the chapters in the recently published charter for social housing residents – the social housing white paper. Deji Ishola frm MHCLG and Sarah Davis from CIH provided an update on how government plan to increase the supply of good quality social homes and discused its proposals to support residents into home ownership.
This was the sixth of a seven part webinar series which drilled into more of the detail for each of the chapters in the recently published charter for social housing residents – the social housing white paper. Jonathan Cox from HouseMark and Debbie Larner from CIH presented and discussed this chapter of the white paper.
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As part of LGBTQ+ history month we heard about the current situation across the sector, showcasing the work of organisations currently working in this space. We also listened to lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people who have been impacted and made homeless as a result of discrimination over the last 50 years.
We heard about the current situation across the sector, showcasing the work of organisations currently working in this space and demonstrating how we as a sector can improve the experiences that LGBTQ+ encounter in the social housing sector.
We were extremely happy to listen to a pre-recorded interview with Luchia Fitzgerald and Angela Cooper, 2 inspirational trailblazing LGBTQ+ women who founded the first Gay Liberation Front group in Manchester in the 1970's.
Chaired by Crystal Hicks from CIH north east regional group we heard from Debbie Larner head of knowledge and products at Chartered Institute of Housing and Nicola Hosfield from the social housing division at MHCLG. We found out more about the new professional standards being rolled out in 2021 by CIH, and the link between the social housing white paper and the professional standards.
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Please view the CIH Professional standards.
This was the fifth of a seven part webinar series which drilled into more of the detail for each of the chapters in the recently published charter for social housing residents – the social housing white paper. Our CIH policy experts and guest speaker Darren Hartley, Chief executive, TAROE Trust discussed what the proposals will mean in practice.
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We heard from Sharon Thandi and Ellen Damlica from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and were provided with an introduction to basic concepts of board governance and the role, duties and responsibilities of being a board member. We received insights into what is involved in being a board member and what it means.
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This was the fourth webinar of the series of seven which looked into the chapters of the charter for social housing residents in more detail. Will Perry from the Regulator of Social Housing outlined proposals to establish a new consumer regulation function, within the Regulator of Social Housing, that is proactive and holds all landlords to account for the services they deliver.