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    22 February London Training Policy update 23 February London Training Maintaining standards in temporary accommodation 24 February Glasgow Regional event Welcome to the Octavia club 25 February London Regional event CIH North West home ownership event 26 February St Helens News partner Social Housing magazine Latest news Inside Housing England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Leading the way for equality and diversity Our Presidential Commission has one main goal to encourage as many people as possible to deliver 10 challenges by 2020 We explain what these challenges mean and why improving the diversity of our industry s leaders is so important Benefit cut for supported housing risks long term damage warns CIH President The UK government should think again on a Why you need to prepare for the new immigration checks Immigration checks for all new private tenants start in England More News 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 CIH responds to Court of Appeal rulings on bedroom tax Responding to the Court of Appeal s rulings today that the CIH Scotland comments on Scottish Government housing subsidies announcement The Chartered Institute of Housing in More News CIH Cymru respond to Carmarthenshire s ambitious housing delivery plans Kevin Howell CIH Cymru director responded to Carmarthenshire s plans for 1 000 affordable rural homes The announcement comes ahead of the Homes for Wales rally on 4 March 2016 Welsh housing s campaign to end the housing Wales boosted by 20m social housing investment Welsh Government have announced a further 20m social housing grant in New director hits the ground running at CIH Cymru In three days Kevin Howell new director at CIH Cymru has had a More News 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 Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector Mandatory licensing for landlords CIH responds to Court of Appeal rulings on bedroom tax Responding to the Court of Appeal s rulings today that the More News Frontline Futures a new era and a changing role for housing officers The housing frontline in Ireland is changing how can our workforce prepare for it Awards judging panel chair in call for nominations In the lead up to close of nominations for the CIH 2016 Housing Getting to know our members Teresa Farrell Duffy In a new series we profile CIH members in Ireland We caught up with More News Online learning Did you know we now offer qualifications from Level 2 right up to Level 7 online Check out some of the great reasons to

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  • Housing news
    If you work in housing chances are you ll have heard Poplar HARCA chief executive Steve Stride s widely referenced quote While our workforce is diverse this is not reflected in our leadership which remains too white too old and too male Just look at me Our former President Steve created the Presidential Commission on equality and diversity back in 2014 to make sure the next generation of housing leaders isn t solely made up of these white middle aged men 37 per cent of our sector s workforce is aged 50 or older compared with 29 per cent of all people in employment so as Judy Waugh stressed in her November blog it s really important to make sure that younger people are represented in housing and that we re prepared for what comes after our current leadership team retires But it s not just that to be as brilliant a sector as possible we need to make sure that we re all here We need a system whereby everyone has the potential to one day become a leader regardless of age gender disability religion race or sexual orientation and our tenants need to know and feel that they are represented through this sector The challenge for you Fancy a challenge We ve got 10 for you We want your organisation to commit to our 10 by 20 project which focuses on making equal opportunities training mandatory for staff members and how to improve the diversity of your workforce board and leadership team So far we ve had just over 30 organisations sign up to the challenges which is fantastic but we want more We need housing groups all over the UK to put their names to this too so we can make a change as one sector not

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  • Housing news
    to claim LHA is limited to the cheapest 30 of private rents in the local area But because rents in supported housing tend to be higher reflecting the extra costs associated with the additional management and extra facilities needed organisations that provide housing for older people people with disabilities people with mental health needs and victims of domestic abuse could be left with huge shortfalls and projects may be forced to close Speaking at CIH s Presidential Dinner which took place last night Wednesday 3 February at the Natural History Museum in London President Geraldine Howley said There are encouraging signs that the government is determined to take action to address our housing crisis something we very much welcome But there are areas where it needs to think again or to take more action We have challenged the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance for the social sector it risks real long term damage especially to supported and specialist housing CIH is celebrating its centenary in 2016 and Geraldine who is group chief executive of Incommunities in Bradford paid tribute to the work housing professionals have done to transform people s lives and communities over the past 100 years She said Time and time again through the years we have understood risen to and overcome the challenges we have faced And I know we will do again We know that housing matters It sustains transforms and enhances people s lives During my Presidential year I have met members in every part of the UK and beyond and been enormously impressed by the passion determination and commitment that you bring to your work CIH traces its roots back to 1916 when the Association of Women Housing Workers was established by female housing professionals who had trained under the pioneering philanthropist and

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    checks 01 02 2016 Immigration checks for all new private tenants start in England today but what do social landlords need to know about the new scheme CIH policy adviser John Perry explains Immigration checks for new tenancies start today February 1 but they don t affect social landlords do they Actually they do because although many tenancies are exempt all landlords need to be aware of those that aren t and of the repercussions of the checks applying across the private sector From February any new tenant in England will need to prove their right to rent unless they are in one of the exempt categories Local authorities granting tenancies under their statutory powers don t need to make the new checks as entitlement to housing is already determined by other legislation This applies too to housing associations when they grant a tenancy through a local authority nomination scheme But any new tenancies outside this framework need checking Another catch is that all lodgers need to be checked and the responsibility is likely to lie with the tenant offering the lodging But of course most will be unaware of this so landlords will have to advise tenants on how they make checks There are many loose ends in the legislation too For example it is not clear what happens when a tenant succeeds to a tenancy Social landlords are already turning up cases where the right to rent is not clear cut A much wider problem is lack of awareness in the private sector One recent survey covering 5 000 landlords found that half didn t know that right to rent was about to start If you make use of referrals to the private sector or offer advice to people looking for private tenancies you will need to know how to help people deal with the checks have the right documents available and handle any discrimination they experience Our analysis indicates that at least 2 5 million adults will need their immigration status checking this year and potentially twice that number Those doing the checks will in most cases be unfamiliar with immigration documents other than standard passports The scope for error for people being refused just because the landlord fears the stiff penalties for getting the checks wrong or for outright discrimination against migrants or people who landlords believe to be migrants is huge We expect extra pressure on housing advice services and ultimately on homelessness services as people find it more difficult to get access to private lettings CIH has produced a free briefing on the practical implications of the policy and we ve also updated the advice on our housing rights website run jointly with BMENational We will also be working with other organisations to monitor the impact of the checks We are keen to hear from housing organisations about local problems and to get feedback on how the scheme is working do get in touch You might also like Right to rent what you need

    Original URL path: http://practice-online.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/Why_you_need_to_prepare_for_the_new_immigration_checks (2016-02-09)
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    with us Consultancy Housing services Health and housing Assets and neighbourhoods Financial services Working together Our clients Case studies Testimonials Meet our consultants Events Events finder Events hub Exhibition and sponsorship Housing 2015 Housing awards Where you live Cymru Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Scotland England regional boards Canada Asia Pacific Business support Services Corporate partnerships Consultancy It s all under one roof Awarding body Qualifications Find a centre Deliver our qualifications Centre fees Resources for approved centres IRPM Membership Who we are Join today Membership benefits Chartered membership Fellowship Grade changes Webinars Career innovation zone Student zone Fees Continuing professional development CPD Code of ethics and conduct Careers in housing News Latest news Media centre Blog CIH responds to Court of Appeal rulings on bedroom tax 27 01 2016 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 It is clearly a policy in urgent need of reform if not repeal We think the government should take the latter option the bedroom tax is not fair and it doesn t work Review this article Please log in to comment Your comments No comments made yet Learn something new in 2016 Qualifications training and CPD from CIH housing academy the new home for housing knowledge and skills Find out more Book now Housing management conference A programme of practical and strategic sessions to help you manage the challenges ahead Book now Time is running out to renew your membership Access to membership benefits will stop on 15 February

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    Who we are Join today Membership benefits Chartered membership Fellowship Grade changes Webinars Career innovation zone Student zone Fees Continuing professional development CPD Code of ethics and conduct Careers in housing News Latest news Media centre Blog CIH Scotland comments on Scottish Government housing subsidies announcement 25 01 2016 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 Housing subsidies are being increased for affordable homes for rent being delivered by councils and registered social landlords over the next three years by up to 14 000 for each new home Director Annie Mauger said Given the funding shortfall currently being experienced by affordable housing providers the proposed increase in the level of grant subsidy per unit is very welcome The adjustments to the subsidy framework and benchmarks outlined in today s announcement fully reflect the recommendations of the 2015 Subsidy Working Group of which CIH Scotland was an active participant Setting subsidy benchmarks at a realistic level to reflect rising delivery costs is absolutely crucial if we are to achieve the Scottish Government s ambition to deliver many more affordable homes through its Affordable Housing Supply Programme Today s announcement will give an important boost to that programme as well as helping to keep social rents affordable Increasing the supply of affordable homes offers multiple benefits including improved health and wellbeing and an important stimulus to jobs and the economy Annie Mauger concluded Delivering those additional homes will also require an improved land supply a planning system that is fit for purpose and increased capacity within the construction sector Nonetheless today s announcement is a crucial step towards achieving that goal Join the debate CIH Scotland annual conference and exhibition

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    Find a centre Deliver our qualifications Centre fees Resources for approved centres IRPM Membership Who we are Join today Membership benefits Chartered membership Fellowship Grade changes Webinars Career innovation zone Student zone Fees Continuing professional development CPD Code of ethics and conduct Careers in housing News Latest news Media centre Blog CIH Cymru respond to Carmarthenshire s ambitious housing delivery plans 08 02 2016 Kevin Howell CIH Cymru director responded to Carmarthenshire s plans for 1 000 affordable rural 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 Carmarthenshire s executive board member for housing has revealed the authority s ambitious plan to deliver at least 1 000 affordable homes over the next five years They also plan to deliver a new build programme that will further increase the number of homes created and provide additional investment across four action areas Ammanford and the Amman Valley Carmarthen and the west Carmarthenshire rural and market towns and Llanelli and district Responding to the announcement Kevin Howell CIH Cymru director said The plans announced today are welcome news and will be a big contribution towards ending the housing crisis to build a stronger Wales We know that affordable homes are in short supply in rural communities and an additional 1000 homes will help towards meeting this need Through a range of housing solutions Carmarthenshire will help enable many of the next generation of local people to remain in their community We appreciate that this plan is at an early stage and look forward to seeing progress in the coming months Find out more Support the campaign to end the housing crisis Homes for Wales Review this article Please log in to comment Your comments No

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    live Cymru Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Scotland England regional boards Canada Asia Pacific Business support Services Corporate partnerships Consultancy It s all under one roof Awarding body Qualifications Find a centre Deliver our qualifications Centre fees Resources for approved centres IRPM Membership Who we are Join today Membership benefits Chartered membership Fellowship Grade changes Webinars Career innovation zone Student zone Fees Continuing professional development CPD Code of ethics and conduct Careers in housing News Latest news Media centre Blog Wales boosted by 20m social housing investment 05 02 2016 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 The Minister for Finance Jane Hutt said We have always been clear about the importance of investing in our infrastructure both in terms of the social and economic benefits it brings Through the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan we have set a clear direction for infrastructure investment across Wales and the additional funding announced today will deliver real and long term benefits for people Responding to the announcement Kevin Howell CIH Cymru director said This is further recognition of the vital contribution that social housing makes to communities across Wales This additional investment will support the local economy and help to end the housing crisis in Wales We have long held that housing is a vital part of our national infrastructure it is welcome news to see this being recognised with an increase to funding Review this article Please log in to comment Your comments No comments made yet Learn something new in 2016 Qualifications training and CPD from CIH housing academy the new home for housing knowledge and skills Find out more Book

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