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Max Salsbury | Wednesday, 20 Mar 2024 – 8:31

RAAC found in dozens of Welsh social housing properties

A Welsh social housing provider has revealed that 60 of its homes are affected by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). Trivallis says the properties on the Gower estate in Hirwaun are the only homes it … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Friday, 15 Mar 2024 – 15:20

Second-home ownership ‘unparalleled’ in Wales, warns minister

Issues caused by second-home ownership in Wales are “unparalleled in a UK context”, the Welsh Climate Change Minister, Julie James, has warned. Addressing the large number of second homes and short-term lets in many communities … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Friday, 23 Feb 2024 – 9:34

Course of the week

Collecting with care 2024 – Mental health, housing income and rent arrears: 13 March – Live virtual training  The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute estimates that one in three social housing tenants with rent arrears, … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Friday, 16 Feb 2024 – 15:18

BRAND NEW TRAINING COURSE

Boards under the spotlight: Fit for purpose governance in the new regulatory world: 29 February – Live virtual training  April 2024 sees the implementation of the biggest changes in regulation for more than a decade.  … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Friday, 16 Feb 2024 – 11:42

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An introduction to HHSRS and housing standards: 28 March – Live virtual training  This virtual training is aimed at frontline workers who frequently go into residents’ properties. It raises awareness and knowledge of the property … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Tuesday, 13 Feb 2024 – 8:23

Course of the week

A new era for resident engagement – for housing staff: 22 February – Live virtual training  This course will take delegates through the new regulatory expectations, help you get where you need to be and … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Friday, 02 Feb 2024 – 13:00

Course of the week

Condensation, damp and mould for non-technical officers: 13 February – Live virtual training  Condensation, damp and mould if left untreated can have profound consequences on quality of life and health as well as the fabric … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Monday, 29 Jan 2024 – 13:37

Course of the week

Customer complaint handling workshop: 28 February – Live virtual training  The Housing Ombudsman says that 2 of every 3 complaints they see could have been handled better by the landlord. Getting complaint handling right saves … Read more


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Richard Hawley | Tuesday, 23 Jan 2024 – 14:41

HQN Training – new for 2024

New for 2024 all of our courses are now certificated with professional development hours. View all our upcoming public courses here.  Further details on professionalisation requirements and the competency and conduct standard for the social … Read more


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Sam Wiggle | Thursday, 18 Jan 2024 – 11:01

Housing Quality Magazine January 2024

Welcome to the January 2024 edition of HQM. We start the year with a look at the planned 2024/25 rent increase and its implications for both landlords and residents. We also ask some of the … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 – 10:40

Opinion: Give boards a bigger range of voices – and stop worshipping the governance gurus

By Alistair McIntosh, HQN CEO If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Why does no one ever follow that advice? A year or so ago I was on the train and got talking … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Wednesday, 10 Jan 2024 – 12:53

HQN appoints Chloe Fletcher as new director

HQN is delighted to announce the appointment of Chloe Fletcher as a new director. A well-known and highly regarded figure in the social housing sector, Chloe joins from the National Federation of ALMOs, where she … Read more


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Suzy Histon | Monday, 08 Jan 2024 – 11:38

Welsh Housing Quality Standard

What do you think of the new Welsh Housing Quality Standard? How does it compare with the work you already do to maintain and improve homes? HQN will be publishing a briefing on the WHQS … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Thursday, 07 Dec 2023 – 9:59

HQN’s housing regulation quiz 2023

Who doesn’t look forward to a housing regulation quiz at this time of year? And we have one for you that gradually gets harder to really test hardcore regulation fans! If you don’t get 100%, … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 – 15:02

Autumn statement: National Insurance slashed but chancellor has failed ‘the poorest households in cold and unsafe homes’

The chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans to slash national insurance and cut taxes for businesses, but his autumn statement has failed “the poorest households in cold and unsafe homes”. From January, 27 million working … Read more


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Sam Wiggle | Thursday, 26 Oct 2023 – 10:44

Housing Quality Magazine October 2023

The autumn edition of HQM features a big interview with Richard Blakeway, the Housing Ombudsman, in which he shares his insights into the service’s progress and his views on everything from leasehold to mergers. Lara … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Sunday, 15 Oct 2023 – 14:39

First Things First episode 86


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Max Salsbury | Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023 – 12:34

Social landlord appoints new chair to its management board

A social landlord has appointed a new chair to its management board. Grŵp Cynefin has confirmed Tim Jones as the new chair, who succeeds Carys Edwards, who came to the end of her three-year term … Read more


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Suzy Histon | Monday, 11 Sep 2023 – 10:02

Latest member question: housing management systems

Could colleagues in Homelessness Services in Wales please tell us which Housing Management system they use please, if they can gather info from the system to report on the WHO12 to Welsh Government and if … Read more


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Max Salsbury | Sunday, 27 Aug 2023 – 13:48

First Things First episode 84


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Thursday, 24 Aug 2023 – 15:34

HQN launches updated social housing regulation toolkit

HQN is delighted to announce our updated social housing regulation toolkit. The toolkit will help you to get ready for the start of what the minister says will be “Ofsted-style” inspections for housing. Every member … Read more


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Suzy Histon | Tuesday, 22 Aug 2023 – 9:30

Latest member question: asset management software

A member would be keen to find out what Asset Management IT systems others are using. Can you help? Let us know below.


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023 – 12:00

Opinion: A personal pledge to shape the future of housing leadership

By Elly Hoult, candidate for Chartered Institute of Housing vice presidency I am excited and honoured to step into the spotlight as a candidate for the position of vice president. This moment is a heartfelt … Read more


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023 – 12:00

Opinion: We know what the problems are, but what about the solutions?

By Alysha Burrell, candidate for CIH vice presidency Skills shortages are crippling the housing market. There is inadequate investment in social housing, tenant and resident voices are rarely heard, and there is still a slow … Read more


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023 – 12:00

Opinion: Everything begins at home

By Eileen Patterson MSc CIHCM, candidate for CIH vice presidency Everything begins at home. Having a decent safe and affordable home is a basic human right which impacts on life chances, health, education and employment … Read more


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023 – 12:00

Opinion: Let’s regain our housing sector reputation!

By Hony Premlal, candidate for CIH vice presidency The prospect of serving as vice/president for CIH members presents an incredible opportunity for me to inspire our housing community to fight for our reputation. I am … Read more


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Tuesday, 15 Aug 2023 – 10:25

Welsh housing association names new CEO

A Cardiff-based housing association has named its new chief executive officer, having promoted from within their organisation. Brian Pickett, who currently serves as Cardiff Community Housing Association’s (CCHA) deputy chief executive, will step into his … Read more


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Tuesday, 08 Aug 2023 – 10:05

TSM survey

With the Tenant Satisfaction Measures now underway, we’re keen to check the progress members are making with their surveys and analysis. So, if you could spare 5 minutes to answer some simple questions, please click here. … Read more


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Thursday, 27 Jul 2023 – 13:50

Annual Conference 2023 – Kate Ratcliffe and Alistair McIntosh interview


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Oli Perkins-Gibbons | Thursday, 27 Jul 2023 – 13:43

Annual conference 2023 – Keynote address – Patrick Vernon OBE


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Comms Fest 2024 – housing in the national spotlight

Location: HQN event – Public
25 April 2024 – 10:30am – 4:00pm

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Empty homes – putting the learning into practice

Location: HQN event – Virtual
14 May 2024 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

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Complaint handling workshop

Public training – Live virtual
22 April 2024 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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An introduction to HHSRS and housing standards (Wales only)

Public training – Live virtual
25 April 2024 – 9:30am – 4:30pm

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Housing conditions: The law and best practice (England only)

Public training – Live virtual
07 May 2024 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Training needs analysis workshop

Public training – Live virtual
13 May 2024 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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