Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

How to buck a Brexit slowdown and build 1m homes

Come May 2020 what will Theresa May’s government look back on with pride and what will it look back on with regret?  Depending on the choices made at this early stage housing has the potential to fall squarely into either the ‘pride’ or ‘regret’ column. At Shelter, in our 50th year, we want housing to become a source of pride for our country, not a chronic weakness.

Today we’ve published a new paper looking at how the government can meet … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Shameless Olympics tie-in: how many medals would Team GB need to have won to keep pace with house prices?

All anyone is going to be talking about for the next few days is Team GB’s success at the Olympics. And why not? The last two weeks have reminded us how much we love dancing horses, people who run very fast and four person kayaks.

So in the tradition of single issue organisations everywhere, we have our very own shameless Olympics house prices tie-up question: how many medals would Team GB have had to win in Rio to keep pace … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Help to Buy ISA: the real scandal

Over the weekend the Telegraph reported that there is a Help to Buy ISA “scandal” because “first-time buyers will not be able to use it on an initial deposit on their new home”. As you’d expect, this prompted an angry reaction from some of the 500,000 people who’ve taken out an ISA in the hope of using the government’s bonus towards their deposit. But is this all as scandalous as it sounds?

The Help to Buy ISA

The Help to … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Time for the Government to tackle homelessness

What’s causing the inexcusable increase in homelessness in 21st century England?  Why are families having to bring up children in homeless hostels and other temporary accommodation?  Why are we seeing increasing numbers of rough sleepers in our towns and cities?

Today, a cross-party committee of MPs has set out very clearly that the principal cause is the cost and availability of housing.

The DCLG Select Committee, in its first inquiry into homelessness for 10 years, has published a report that … MORE...

Janey S
Janey S

By Janey S

As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market

We recently received the following guest blog from a Shelter supporter, Maureen, and we thought we’d share it:

I have been a landlord/lady on and off for some time, and I cannot believe the ‘market’ value of my studio flat in Camden Town. Originally, when I first started letting it out, I could not bring myself to ask the going rate for it – it’s an attractive place but it’s only one room, though with a separate kitchen, and its … MORE...