Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Want to reduce homelessness? We need longer tenancies

With the passing of Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill, there is a renewed emphasis on preventing homelessness. Today’s statistics show that the growth in homelessness is being caused by short-term private tenancies.  If the Government is serious about reducing homelessness, we need stable tenancies which people at risk of homelessness can afford.

Today, the first new major new homelessness legislation for 15 years, the Government-backed Homelessness Reduction Bill, passed another parliament milestone. It heralds a welcome renewed emphasis on prevention … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Temporary accommodation: Here’s what we should do to prevent homelessness

Marcus Jones, the homelessness minister, has confirmed a change in council funding to encourage local authorities to spend money on stopping homelessness instead of on costly temporary accommodation. But local authorities will be left with few tools to prevent people becoming homeless without an end to the Local Housing Allowance freeze.

In keeping with its focus on prevention, the government wants councils to spend money currently spent on expensive temporary accommodation on stopping people becoming homeless in the first place. … MORE...

Ursula Ralph
Ursula Ralph

By Ursula Ralph

Putting Housing First to reduce homelessness

Housing First is an innovative approach to housing some of the most complex and vulnerable people in society, placing them directly into their own tenancy and then providing them with wrap round intensive support. It’s an idea the government has said it’s keen to explore and would replace the traditional stepped approach where a person has to prove they are “tenancy ready” before being housed. This approach has a 80-90% success rate in tenancy sustainment, and Shelter’s Inspiring Change Manchester … MORE...

Tilly Williams
Tilly Williams

By Tilly Williams

Shifting attitudes to welfare: Insights into our ‘change audience’

This is the third in a series of blogs talking about Shelter’s campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare.

You may have read Paul’s blog recently on Shelter’s campaign to soften the – sometimes quite toxic – debate on welfare, so that any political party will feel less emboldened to implement further cuts, and will work to improve the system moving forward.

Paul touched upon the audience we’re targeting and why they’re important for the campaign, but I’m going to … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Selective licensing in Newham: a local scheme of national significance

When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector.

While licensing powers were originally introduced in the mid-2000s as a targeted tool to tackle anti-social behaviour, Newham’s ambition was much bigger. They adopted a borough wide scheme to integrate licensing with their other environmental health powers and crack down on rogue landlords and poor conditions too.

It’s an approach that has got results. In the … MORE...