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  • Housing news
    I also found out my first live interview as director will be during the first plenary session at TAI conference in the CIH centenary year so no pressure then Day 1 I accepted the nomination as secretary of the National Assembly for Wales cross party housing group and received an update on the Homes for Wales campaign and the Cardiff rally next month As secretary I also gave the formal goodbye to AMs Jocelyn Davies and Sandy Mewies Both are standing down at the end of the assembly term and have been two of four fantastic AMs along with Peter Black and Mark Isherwood that have made a success of the group helping to keep investment in homes within a one housing system approach a political priority for the last five years Day 2 I joined senior colleagues from England Scotland and Northern Ireland planning the CIH year ahead and read the latest statistical release estimating that 240 persons were sleeping rough across Wales in the annual snapshot count the most extreme and unkind outcome of our housing crisis Day 3 I will be interviewed by Inside Housing and then find out from the brilliant CIH Cymru team how TAI our annual conference and the radical Frontline Futures pilot programme are progressing clue very well So that s public affairs organisational strategy cross country learning housing policy media professional development and events that s quite some ground to cover in a few days And that s why I wanted the job Housing is a force for social justice economic regeneration and a sustainable future As housing professionals we need to do our job brilliantly creatively and efficiently in order to make lasting and positive differences to the communities in which we work I believe that being a member of CIH

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/Wales/newdirectorkevin (2016-02-10)
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  • Housing news
    during July to September than at any time over the previous five years just over 2 000 in total This is excellent news However we can t lose sight of the bigger picture The Regional Development Strategy suggests that we need more than 11 000 new homes every year but right now we re only building around half of that number It s clear there s still a sizeable and growing gap between housing need and supply If we fail to tackle this house prices and rents will become unaffordable for more people Homelessness levels remain unacceptably high another symptom of our failure to build the number of new homes we need The number of homeless households accepted by the Housing Executive for rehousing is up significantly For the quarter July September 2015 this stood at 2 766 a 12 per cent increase from the previous quarter Around one third of homeless applicants are either families or single men Homelessness is often hidden and there are too many people living in unsuitable housing Our politicians must tackle the housing supply challenge if we are to achieve a housing system that works for everyone One of the biggest barriers to new housing is land supply Publicly held land should play a greater role in housing delivery A first step in getting Northern Ireland building would be prioritising the release of publicly held land for much needed housing ENDS For more information please contact Justin Cartwright policy and public affairs manager at CIH Northern Ireland on 028 9077 8222 07824 304 351 or justin cartwright cih org Notes to editors The Chartered Institute of Housing CIH is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards Our goal is simple to provide housing professionals with the advice support and knowledge

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/NI/More_new_homes_started_but_homelessness_still_a_problem (2016-02-10)
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  • Housing news
    standards in the private rented sector 04 02 2016 Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters combined with better incentives to encourage landlords to improve according to the Chartered Institute of Housing CIH Northern Ireland The organisation has also called on the government to establish a low cost dispute resolution service for tenants and landlords Responding to the Department for Social Development s review of the private rented sector CIH Northern Ireland says that licensing of private landlords and letting agents would drive up standards Currently all private landlords who let property under a private tenancy in Northern Ireland have to register but there is no binding professional standard or training required to practice as a property manager The response suggests that a mandatory licensing system would work in parallel with registration but would help to make sure landlords and agents have the necessary skills to let homes It says that one of the best ways of achieving this is by including an element of independent accreditation such as recognising relevant qualifications But it also warns that incentives play an important part in encouraging landlords to improve the maintenance and management of their properties Incentives drive a something for something culture with the outcome being improved property standards without making being a landlord less attractive CIH Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden said More and more people are now calling privately rented houses their homes one in five Northern Ireland households now rent privately for the first time in a generation So it s vital that every tenant has a good quality home which is professionally managed While standards are generally good it s not the case throughout the sector and tenants at the lower end of the market are having to put up with very poor conditions Apart from the need for licensing the existing regulation is very sensible but it is not always properly enforced because councils don t have enough resources Housing rights management and standards of accommodation in privately rented homes all need to be given high priority within councils The recommendations in the response also include small random sample checks on landlords and properties by councils a low cost mediation and adjudication service for disputes which could help keep disagreements out of the courts compulsory electrical safety checks since over two thirds of accidental fires in Northern Ireland are linked to electricity Read the response in full ENDS For more information please contact Justin Cartwright policy and public affairs manager at CIH Northern Ireland on 028 9077 8222 07824 304 351 or justin cartwright cih org 1 The Chartered Institute of Housing CIH is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards Our goal is simple to provide housing professionals with the advice support and knowledge they need to be brilliant CIH is a registered charity and not for profit organisation This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/NI/Landlords_need_carrot_and_stick_to_improve_standards_in_the_private_rented_sector (2016-02-10)
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  • Housing news
    frontline services are adapting to meet new demands driven both by the socio political economic environment and the housing customer The vital role that frontline staff particularly housing officers play in sustaining communities has long been recognised As we look to the future that role has never been more important particularly at this challenging time In supporting customers and communities we need to think and work more creatively and collaboratively CIH and Wheatley Group s study identified a number of key competencies that will be needed in the future role of the frontline worker For example this future worker will need to be commercially minded and critically reflective able to manage change and improvement focused with the ability to inspire and gain the confidence of others Frontline housing staff also need to be resilient to help them deal with the challenges of their roles and the impact of welfare reform They need to understand and build transformational relationships with customers and feel able to manage change Within the increasing financial constraints facing the sector and where organisational policies and procedures allow the frontline housing professional has to be encouraged to think yes and try to establish a can do approach to service delivery They also need to do all this while maximising income and minimising waste As a result of the research CIH has developed workshops to help frontline housing workers face the future with confidence Resilience at the frontline 8 March Belfast 9 March Dublin Frontline housing staff are under increasing pressure they will experience many difficult or challenging situations This workshop has been designed to assist these workers to assess their own personal resilience It will suggest skills and techniques for dealing with difficult and sometimes stressful situations Coaching for the frontline 6 April Belfast 7 April Dublin

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/Frontline_Futures_a_new_era_and_a_changing_role_for_housing_officers (2016-02-10)
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  • Housing news
    we catch up with the chair of the judging panel David McCallum who tells us a little about him and his views on the awards Hi David You re a judge at the CIH 2016 Housing Awards and we re glad to have you on board Can you tell us a little about yourself and talk us through your links with CIH I am presently working as a consultant in the housing sector I was formerly the director of Northern Ireland Co ownership Housing Association I ve been a member of CIH since 2000 and became a chartered member back in 2001 I m now a fellow of CIH and I m really glad to be a part of the organisation s 2016 Housing Awards There are a lot of changes facing the housing sector at the moment An event like this is a great way to celebrate success in our sector and focus on the positive side of things Do you think the awards are useful to boost morale within housing I completely agree we are facing an unprecedented amount of changes at the moment as we re all aware But it s important to stay positive and to focus on all the good work our sector is putting out Yes we re encountering challenges and struggles along the way but look how well we re doing despite all that As you can see from HousingDay which took place on 18 November the more we shout about our achievements and use our collective voice the better things will be I think the CIH Housing Awards are no different they re a fantastic chance to use our skills and innovation to say Look what housing can do What kind of people or organisations can be nominated for awards We have a real range of categories so the opportunities for nomination are actually very broad Categories like Housing professional of the year are perhaps more traditional but we also have the More than bricks and mortar award which seeks to recognise organisations who have demonstrated commitment to tenant empowerment Take a look and see which award you or your team might be suitable for Which particular award categories stand out for you I think the Best housing story award sounds very interesting This award celebrates an individual or an organisation who s made a real difference to the life of a tenant or a community As I mentioned earlier sharing stories and achievements is a great way to boost our morale as a sector I m looking forward to seeing all of the winners announced though I know each award will be incredibly well deserved Why is it important for housing organisations in the Republic of Ireland to get involved with the Housing Awards Our presence in Ireland and work with the Housing Agency ICSH approved housing bodies and local authorities has brought to our attention the wide range of brilliant services and schemes available in Ireland We want to recognise

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/Awards_judging_panel_chair_in_call_for_nominations (2016-02-10)
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  • Housing news
    passion for housing What first interested you in housing Can I start be saying that I love anything to do with housing or property and that love affair started in primary school when I learned about Michael Davitt he being a Mayo man and the Land League I was totally hooked and intrigued and today I still feel passionate about the topic and will devour any article on it You ve just completed CIH s Level 4 Certificate for the Housing Profession how did you find it I have to say I loved the course some days I really loved but others I found it was very challenging and I wondered what I was doing When I saw the course advertised I suppose I wanted to do it out of curiosity I wanted to know more about how the other two branches of housing work i e the local authorities and approved housing bodies Being in the Department I feel I m the last part of the jigsaw and the other two are at the frontline The journey was a real learning experience and I found every module really fascinating I qualified as an estate agent a number of years ago but that was done by rote learning so applying myself to assignment writing has definitely challenged me to say the least It changed my view of the housing sector I m in awe of the fabulous work that local authorities and approved housing bodies do Doing the course definitely changed my view of my job and future career I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the course What would the title of your autobiography be Fly on the wall Who would you invite to your dream dinner party The three people I

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/ROI/Getting_to_know_our_members_Teresa_Farrell-Duffy (2016-02-10)
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  • Policy briefings l free downloads
    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 Books and briefings Free publications How to briefings Online bookshop Practical implications of immigration checks on new lettings 21 01 2016 Description Immigration checks on new lettings are required by the Immigration Act 2014 initially in parts of the West Midlands from 1st December 2014 but later to be rolled out nationally Most local authority and many housing association lettings will be exempt but lodgers are covered by the scheme regardless of tenure Social landlords need to be aware of the requirements both where it applies to their own lettings and to any lodgers which their tenants may have and because of the expected impact on the private rented sector and on migrant communities This Practical Implications briefing explains how the checks are intended to operate answers questions which social landlords may have and suggests how you can meet the new requirements and respond to their effects It is based on CIH liaison with the Home Office landlord bodies and migrant rights organisations when the legislation was going through Parliament and now that it is being implemented View publication Review this briefing Please log in to comment Your comments No comments made yet UK Housing Review 2015 The 23rd edition of the UK Housing Review is now available bringing together the most comprehensive and up to date housing statistics available for England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland

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    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 Books and briefings Free publications How to briefings Online bookshop Developing your local housing offer for health and care 19 01 2016 Description CIH and the Housing Leaning and Improvement Network LIN have updated their tool designed to help housing professionals demonstrate the value of their housing and support services and how these contribute to the outcomes set for their public health health and social care partners The latest update includes new research and evidence produced to support greater joint working developed by many of the signatories to the national memorandum of understanding to support joint action on improving health through the home View publication Review this briefing Please log in to comment Your comments No comments made yet UK Housing Review 2015 The 23rd edition of the UK Housing Review is now available bringing together the most comprehensive and up to date housing statistics available for England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Buy now Subscribe to practice online Practice online is our comprehensive one stop resource for how to do housing It provides detailed advice and guidance supported by examples of good practice across a range of housing topics

    Original URL path: http://mycih.cih.org/publication-free/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/publication-free/data/Developing_your_local_housing_offer_for_health_and_care (2016-02-10)
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