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CiH: ‘Working together to break wind for yet another year’ (hold onto your £11,500 inc VAT)

These must be desperate times for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH).  They are losing membership, losing revenue and in my view are bereft of innovative ideas.  Interestingly though, their consultancy wing is launching what they refer to as:  ‘Working … Continue reading

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How to get a Council House and the reality of Choice Based Lettings (CBL)

You may have been one of the many viewers who, like me, watched the recent TV programme about how to get a council house.  Like many other people, I watched it because I have an interest in social housing matters.  … Continue reading

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Same circus; different clowns

Anglian Water has found you can’t push water uphill; forever.  At last they have managed to divest themselves of the ‘millstone round their necks’ AKA Morrison. I believe they have been trying to sell Morrison for over a year but, … Continue reading

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PDAs (Pretty Damn Awfuls) – Part of the Great IT Con

Isn’t it interesting how people queue up to buy the latest IT gizmo? This is especially so if they are perceived or promoted to be ‘best practice’.  Much damage has been done to social housing operations and budgets over the … Continue reading

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Lucky Tim

I read in the press recently that Tim Leunig of the London School of Economics has effectively burnt his bridges with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH) and the National Housing Federation over comments that the costs of attending their … Continue reading

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Tenant Scrutiny – an Opportunity to Drive Real Improvement

Have you ever noticed how when one ‘junket’ stops another one starts?  And usually it’s the same people who reappear labelled as something else. Well, as we all know, one of the best things that Eric Pickles has done since … Continue reading

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CiH Conscience Pricked?

I read the response of the CiH to my blog piece on the Guardian Housing Network Blog.  Wonderful to see they missed the point; again!  Almost too sad for words really.   In case they really don’t get it and … Continue reading

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