By Janey

Why are homes like mullets?

A few of us at Shelter are feeling nostalgic for the (early) 1980s today, given our new research that shows if government investment in housing had remained at the same level it was in the early ‘80s, we’d have almost one million more homes than we do today.

Investment in house building wasn’t the only fashionable thing in the ‘80s: among shoulder pads, perms and spandex, the mullet was also popular. And, surprisingly, mullets and homes have more in common … MORE...

Adam van Lohuizen

By Adam van Lohuizen

The million homes that never were

A million homes – it sounds like a lot. That’s because it is. We could have built them too, but we didn’t.

We’ve presented the case before of the impact of government spending shifting from supply to demand, from bricks to benefits, and the impact that this has had on the housing benefit bill. But how many homes were never built because of this shift? That’s a question that we’ve tried to answer.

In the early 1980s, public investment … MORE...

Vicky Pearlman

By Vicky Pearlman

Why a review of Legal Aid reforms can’t come soon enough for us

Unusually for a speech on justice, Michael Gove’s first words on Legal Aid made front-page news last week. More likely due to interest in the speaker rather than the subject, but headlines nonetheless.

Beyond the Justice Secretary’s talk of a two-tier system and the “responsibility on government to make sure that those in the greatest hardship – at times of real need – are provided with the resources to secure access to justice”, (‘greatest hardship’ and ‘real need’ remaining undefined), … MORE...

Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

How do we grow our successful cities?

1,590 new jobs, just 146 new homes.

That’s been the average for Oxford each year since the 2007/08 recession. It’s a similar story in Bristol, Cambridge and York – together the four ‘Growing Cities’ that we looked at in our new report with the IPPR.

They are all examples of successful city-economies which are internationally competitive, creating jobs in tech, medicine, advanced manufacturing and professional services. But they also have dismal records for house building compared to what they … MORE...

Scott Dawes

By Scott Dawes

Don’t worry – we’re on it

The summer or ‘emergency’ budget on July 8th is going to be painful – it is at this point we will find out where the axe will fall, how hard, and on who.

Sadly, there is already a group of people who we know will be singled out for cuts; young people claiming housing benefit. The Conservatives have been floating the idea of removing support for young people in various forms since 2012. Originally, it was all 18-25 year olds … MORE...