By Roberta Johnson

Our campaign won’t end until the housing crisis does

Throughout the run-up to the general election, Shelter campaigned for the incoming government to build more genuinely affordable homes. We’ve travelled up and down the country to collect petition signatures and along the way have heard heart breaking stories from people who’ve been affected by the housing crisis.

Two of those people are Lou and Natalie, who handed in our petition in to Number 10 Downing Street yesterday. They’re both mothers who have experienced homelessness and terrible renting conditions. After … MORE...

Adam van Lohuizen

By Adam van Lohuizen

We’re well on the way to becoming a nation of renters

The housing crisis affects people in many ways, but one of the most obvious shifts we’ve seen is the number of us who can’t afford a home of our own. The large deposits required to buy are only a pipe dream, whilst we live in the expensive private rented sector, or stick at home with our parents. The impacts hit hardest for younger people.

We’ve seen a dramatic decline in home ownership for 25-34 year olds over the past decade, … MORE...

Rachael Emmett

By Rachael Emmett

Are we building more yet?

It’s the first full week back to work for the re-appointed Housing Minister, and a host of official figures have been released. They paint a mixed picture – so here’s our take on what the latest stats mean for the new government.

Firstly, there were jubilant exclamations from estate agents predicting rising house prices immediately after the election. There’s no need for guesswork now though, because official figures show that house prices in March were up 1.5% across the UK, … MORE...

Kevin Garvey

By Kevin Garvey

Temporary Accommodation – a long way from home

The worst effects of the housing crisis have been starkly illustrated by the news of unprecedented numbers of homeless families being sent out of London. These are families that have approached their local council as homeless and have been accepted as being owed a main housing duty.

The overall numbers paint a stark picture: 49,789 London homeless families moved out of borough between July 2011 and July 2014; 2,707 outside of London completely in the past two years, sometimes … MORE...

Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Homes for Londoners

Barely a week after the polls closed in the general election, England’s next major political race – to be the new Mayor of London – is already hotting up. Several candidates have formally declared their intention, or hinted at a strong interest in running for their party’s nomination including Ivan Massow and Stephen Greenhalgh for the Conservatives and Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott, Gareth Thomas and David Lammy for Labour.

What’s clear already is that housing will be the issue that … MORE...