Monthly archives: July 2012

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Deborah Garvie
 
I’m a Senior Policy Officer at Shelter, working on the Localism Act and policies for the delivery, letting and management of social housing. I started off in Shelter’s Campaign for Bedsit Rights, publishing research on the appalling living conditions of refugees and successfully campaigning for legislation to license private landlords and protect deposits. My work is informed by the years I worked with tenants as an inner London housing officer.

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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 … Continue reading

Pete Jefferys
 
I’m a Policy Officer at Shelter and interested in how we can get housing up the political agenda, secure a better deal for private renters and get affordable homes built. Outside of policy, I love exploring new parts of London, sport and going back home to Devon.

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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 … Continue reading

Francesca Albanese
 
I am a research officer at Shelter and have been here since 2008 in both the research and policy teams, mainly working on private renting, housing benefit and recently well-being. When I’m not at Shelter I’m a keen cook and enjoy visiting art galleries.

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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 … Continue reading

Toby Lloyd
 
I'm Head of Policy at Shelter, and have worked on housing issues in the public, private and third sectors for nine years. I'm a Londoner, a cyclist, father of two young daughters and member of the Hackney Co-housing Project.

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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 … Continue reading

Tom McCarthy
 
I’m a Campaigns Officer at Shelter, having joined in early 2012. I’m most interested in digital campaigning and the ways this can be used to change both public and political perceptions. Outside of work I’m a keen musician, playing several instruments. I also like walking, cycling and old pubs– preferably in that order.

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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 … Continue reading

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