Monthly archives: July 2012

Deborah Garvie
 

By Deborah Garvie

Social housing: foundation or springboard?

Today, Shelter is publishing information and evidence to assist local councils as they begin to compile their ‘Tenancy Strategies’ in the run up to the January 2013 deadline.

These strategies, required by the Localism Act 2011, need to set out how councils intend to respond to housing need, and specifically how they would like new social tenancies, such as those offered by housing associations, to operate in their area

Back in February, I spent an inspiring day with the … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
 

By Pete Jefferys

Build homes to get us back to growth

Today’s dire growth figures, driven by a cliff-edge fall in construction, should be a huge worry to the Government. Lower growth and a smaller economy mean that it will be much harder to get unemployed people back to work, get businesses investing and reduce the gap between what we spend and what we collect in taxes.

While ministers and some economists have previously described the latest downturn as a ‘technical recession’, we have now had a period of … MORE...

Francesca Albanese
 

By Francesca Albanese

Why does housing matter to our well-being?

When David Cameron announced last year there was to be a national measure of well-being the first thing that sprang to my mind was: ‘Surely your home must play an integral part in your overall happiness?’ Not a surprising comment from someone working at a housing charity campaigning for housing to be included in the measure, I hear you say. But the evidence stacks up too.

Last year Shelter commissioned the new economics foundation to carry out an exploratory study … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
 

By Toby Lloyd

We must spend less on housing

The news has been worryingly free of house price stories of late, forcing some papers to fill pages with minor distractions like the Olympics, Leveson and the great summer weather.

Thankfully the IMF has come to the rescue of editors everywhere, with its annual report on the UK economy suggesting that house prices still need to fall by 10-15% now-ish – and by up to 30% to get back to trend.

Inevitably, the response from some quarters will be for … MORE...

Tom McCarthy
 

By Tom McCarthy

Where the home is…

Many a time on this blog, emphasis has been put on how easy it is to lose a home. An unexpected event can throw things up in the air; a serious illness can prevent you paying the bills, the end of a relationship can spiral in the wrong direction.

Put simply, there’s only a frail safety net there which can be easily torn apart by life’s twists and turns.

At Shelter we believe that people who have become homeless should … MORE...

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