New CIH workshop and survey gives people chance to join debate on future of social housing

A new workshop has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) which allows groups of housing professionals, tenants and anyone else with an interest to explore key questions about the role and purpose of social housing.

The workshop is part of CIH’s Rethinking social housing project that launched in late 2017. Anyone can lead a workshop in which groups debate the future of social housing before submitting their results to CIH.

A free online toolkit is available at so that people who work, live or otherwise have an interest in social housing can take part in the workshop, which takes around an hour and a half.

An online survey is also available for individuals to complete.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We want to really open up the debate on the future of social housing and the workshop gives people the chance to get involved.

“We’ve developed a toolkit which makes it easy for anyone to take part in a workshop – whether they work or live in social housing or otherwise have an interest.

“The workshop and our new survey offers people the chance to have their say on some fundamental questions about the role and purpose of social housing.

“We’ll be taking the results that people return and together with the other research we are doing during the project, they will form a crucial part of our Rethinking social housing project, which will culminate in a series of recommendations to the sector and to government.

“This first phase of the project is also about stimulating debate and we hope this will be a really good chance for housing professionals, tenants and anyone else who wants to get involved to come together, have their say and start shaping the future of social housing.”

Anyone can take part in a Rethinking social housing workshop and the closing date for results is the end of March 2018.

Rethinking social housing was launched by CIH in November 2017 and combines original research and engagement with the sector, tenants, politicians and the public to explore fundamental questions about the future of social housing.

The project aims to:

  • Stimulate a wide-ranging debate about the future of social housing
  • Make the case for social housing
  • Understand and challenge perceptions of social housing
  • Influence and shape the direction of future housing policy and feed directly into the government’s housing green paper.
  • The sponsors of the project are Sovereign, Home Group, Peabody, InCommunities, Optivo, PA Housing, Riverside Group and South Liverpool Homes.

    Rethinking social housing will include original research, engagement and polling.

    The project’s advisory group is co-chaired by Ken Gibb, professor in housing economics at the University of Glasgow and director the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), and Paul Tennant, chief executive of the Law Commission and former Orbit chief executive and CIH past president.

    The advisory group for the project also includes:

    • Newcastle City Council
    • JRF
    • Northern Housing Consortium
    • National Federation of ALMOs
    • Association of Retained Council Housing
    • Royal Town Planning Institute
    • TPAS
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