Teach children about housing to cut repossessions

"And it’s not just school kids we should be helping – we would like to see free independent advice available to everyone to help them make the right housing choice for them, whether it is renting, owning or half-and-half. More independent housing advice – before people reach a crisis point or are facing potential repossession – could save the kinds of emotional and financial problems we are seeing now."

CIH’s Annual Report shows the professional body invested more than £10million of its charitable income to support excellence in housing in 2008 – an increase of 7% on 2007. This increased investment helped more housing professionals to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities across the UK – and supported our work to influence Government on a wide range of housing issues.

In a year when close to five million people were on housing waiting lists, many households were threatened with repossession and house building slowed to a record low, CIH continued to educate, develop and improve the housing sector. This support helped professionals to provide more affordable homes and greater opportunities to low income and vulnerable people. 

In 2008 CIH grew its membership by more than 6%, enrolled a record number of nearly 2000 new students onto housing qualifications and influenced a step change in Government investment in housing.

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