UK & International news

Tenants without passports ‘less likely to access homes to rent’

Nearly half of landlords are less likely to rent homes to tenants without a British passport as a result of the immigration tests they have to make, according to a new poll.

Published 16 June 2017

Two English housing associations agree to merge

Midlands housing associations Longhurst Group and Axiom have agreed to merge to create a 21,300 home organisation.

Published 26 May 2017

Blog: Election 2017: what we're asking for on... welfare

As the build up to next month’s general election continues, CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we’re asking for on welfare policy – one of our key election priorities.

Published 10 May 2017

Welsh Government launches proposals to return RSLs to private sector

A consultation has been launched into proposals to return housing associations in Wales to the private sector in order to restore their borrowing abilities.

Published 10 May 2017

Blog: The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: An historic step forward for single homeless people

As the Homelessness Reduction Bill gains Royal Assent in England, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick responds to its significance.

Published 5 May 2017

Gap between LHA and rents putting private rents 'out of reach'

The gap between the help with housing costs that young, single people in the private sector get and their rents is making housing virtually inaccessible, new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) research has revealed.

Published 31 March 2017

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

The UK Parliament’s work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities today on the UK government’s planned shake-up of supported housing funding.

Published 14 March 2017

Wales: New law proposed to abolish the Right to Buy

Proposed legislation to abolish the Right to Buy and associated rights is expected to be introduced in the National Assembly for Wales today.

Published 13 March 2017

Crackdown on ‘illegal’ immigrants leading to discrimination against ethnic minority Britons

Foreigners and British citizens without passports, particularly those from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the private rental housing market as a result of the Right to Rent scheme designed to crack down on irregular immigration, according to a new report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Published 13 February 2017

White Paper plan to fix England’s ‘broken’ housing market

The UK government will today unveil its latest attempt to fix the broken housing market in England, moving away from full home ownership to a mixed housing model.

Published 7 February 2017

English housing association acquires commercial land business in £500m deal

L&Q has completed a deal to buy a private land business worth around £505 million in the largest commercial acquisition by the non-profit sector.

Published 3 February 2017

Can urban car parks be used to help tackle the UK’s housing crisis?

A specialist developer has found an innovative way to help solve the housing crisis by building affordable new homes on urban car parks.

Published 2 February 2017

Demerger plan announced between English housing associations

A housing group in the North West of England has agreed terms for one of its member organisations to cut loose and become an independent business.

Published 25 January 2017

MPs urged to sign up to initiative to tackle deaths from cold homes

With one in ten households in Britain facing fuel poverty this winter, and cold homes contributing to 24,300 excess winter deaths during last year, calls have been made for MPs to step up and take action.

Published 24 January 2017

Wales: Cabinet secretary announces £7.8m to prevent homelessness

A £7.8 million grant has been announced to support local authorities and third sector organisations to deliver front line services to prevent homelessness in Wales.

Published 12 January 2017