ICSH News

ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards 2019

The ICSH is proud to again partner with Allianz for the 2019 Community Housing Awards, which seek to recognise excellence across ten individual categories reflecting the current housing landscape. At a time of increased pressure for delivery from the sector we want to showcase the numerous approved housing bodies and local authorities rising to the challenge and continually making efforts to meet high housing demand.

 

 

Approved Housing Bodies’ ‘Heavy Lifting’ in 2018 Delivers 38% of Social Housing Nationally

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) welcomes today’s publication by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of social housing delivery in 2018. Commenting on the figures for 2018, ICSH CEO Dr. Donal McManus said, “Today’s figures demonstrate that housing associations (AHBs) are continuing to scale-up housing delivery working in partnership with local authorities and the private sector. Newly constructed homes delivered by AHBs has increased from 1078 units in 2017 to 1388. We’re steadily increasing our contribution to the national stock of permanent social housing.

ICSH AGM 2018

Reflecting on the work of the ICSH during 2017 and in the years to come issues that were raised included the challenges facing housing associations and the ICSH as membership bodyin relation to the CSO/Eurostat reclassification of housing associations as part of the local government sub-sector. Also, the recurring concerns facing our smaller (Tier 1) members around long-serving voluntary board members and the problem of succession and governance were also raised. Minister Eoghan Muprhy addressed members in attendance and spoke of the housing association sector as critical to the delivery of social housing under Rebuilding Ireland.

Ireland 2040 Regeneration and Development Agency Commits to Ringfence Public Lands for Affordable Housing

PRESS STATEMENT, Friday, 16th February 2018

The Project Ireland 2040 commitments around Housing and Sustainable Urban Development demonstrate ambition, and the establishment of the National Regeneration and Development Agency indicates a genuine commitment and long-term strategy to ringfence public and state lands for affordable housing. 

CSO Reclassification Risks Moving the Goalposts for Housing Associations that are Delivering 1/3 of all new Social Housing

The Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government heard from representatives from the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) today who have called for a cross-departmental team to be established to work alongside housing association to ensure the CSO/Eurostat classification does not derail our social housing delivery programme.

Affordable Rental Pilot Scheme Should be Prioritised

PRESS STATEMENT
Monday, 22nd January 2018
 
 
The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has today expressed its hope that the three affordability measures, in particular the state’s move towards an affordable rental scheme, represent a commitment to embed affordability in our housing system. However, the measures still indicate that the state is relying heavily on the private sector to deliver on affordability, offering the sector significant incentives to do so. 
 

New Classification for Housing Associations Would Jeopardise Rebuilding Ireland Social Housing Programme

PRESS STATEMENT
Wednesday, 20th December 2017
 
 
– The Irish Council for Social Housing reacts to today’s CSO classification of a large number of developing housing associations as bodies controlled by government that should be classified in the government sector –
 

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