Blog: Looking at the big policy picture

CIH is in a unique position to look at how housing policy is changing across the UK. With a policy presence in each nation it can take a look at the big picture. So what’s happening, what’s different, and what’s the same? Jon Barnes takes a look at the findings of CIH’s recent briefing for members.

Published 1 September 2016

‘Bedroom tax’ fails to free up larger homes, finds London housing association group

Research by a group of London housing association’s has found that the ‘bedroom tax’ has failed in its objective to free up larger social homes in the city.

Published 18 August 2016

SFHA welcomes 'vital' social security consultation

It is “vital” for people across Scotland that a robust social security system offers help for hard-up families, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 2 August 2016

Consultation begins into Scotland’s own social security system

The Scottish Government is to launch a consultation giving people the chance to help shape the country’s first ever social security system.

Published 29 July 2016

Further delays to full Universal Credit roll out

The full roll-out of Universal Credit has been delayed until at least March 2022 after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a revised timetable for the scheme.

Published 22 July 2016

Sajid Javid appointed to head DCLG as David Mundell keeps Scottish Secretary job

Sajid Javid has been named as the new secretary of state for communities and local government following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister.

Published 15 July 2016

UK government to outline timetable for transfer of new welfare powers to Holyrood

A major milestone in the transfer of new welfare powers from Westminster to Holyrood will be reached today which will give First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the opportunity to create a Scottish welfare state within weeks.

Published 14 July 2016

Joint ministerial working group on welfare holds first meeting

UK and Scottish government ministers met yesterday to discuss the next steps on the transfer of welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016.

Published 17 June 2016

Overwhelming number of social tenants who claim benefits worried about welfare changes

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that over four-fifths (82 per cent) of social tenants who are claiming means-tested benefits are worried about future changes to the welfare system.

Published 15 June 2016

SFHA warns Parliament of devastating ‘hidden’ benefit cut

Ahead of today’s Holyrood debate on ‘Dignity, Fairness and Respect and Disability Benefits’, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is highlighting the potentially devastating effects of little known changes to Housing Benefit by the UK government  – as well as the action Scottish Government could take to head these off.

Published 9 June 2016

New benefits change causing ‘serious detriment’ to vulnerable Scots

The UK government’s much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need, according to a detailed new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Published 7 June 2016

First Minister sets out programme for government

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined a comprehensive programme for the Scottish Government including early action to prepare for new social security powers and delivering 50,000 affordable homes over the parliament.

Published 26 May 2016

Blog: The impact of welfare changes for single young people

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Janice Blenkinsopp talks about her research into the housing options for the often overlooked demographic of low-income adults aged 25-34 following recent welfare changes and the potential implications for our understanding of what it means to be an adult in modern day Scotland.

Published 18 May 2016

LHA fails to align with private sector rents, warns CIH

Tenants who receive the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) face an increasingly widening gap between the help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay, new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) research has found.

Published 13 May 2016

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital welfare support

Almost half of low income households in the UK are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to, according to new research.

Published 11 May 2016