Monthly archives: May 2016

Sara Mahmoud
Sara Mahmoud

By Sara Mahmoud

House building stats show we’re not catching up any time soon

As widely reported, the most recent house building figures for the first quarter of the year showed a 3% decrease in starts and a 9% decrease in completions compared to March last year, based on seasonally adjusted data. Whilst the number of homes built can vary considerably from quarter to quarter and the total number of completions over the last financial year did in fact increase compared to 2014-15, we are still a long way from building the number of … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
Jenny Pennington

By Jenny Pennington

Home and Away: what do we know about the impact of an out of area move on homeless families?

On Monday we published new research on the rise in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation outside of their home area. Over the next few days we’ll be discussing the findings in more detail.

As we set out, almost half of homeless households from London are now placed outside their home local authority. But reassuringly, most are moved to areas nearby (for example, in three quarters of cases, a neighbouring borough) and the vast majority are … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
Jenny Pennington

By Jenny Pennington

Home and away: What do we know about the rise in homeless families moved away from their local area?

You may have heard that some homeless families are being sent from London to other towns and cities. Families coming to their council for help, are not just faced with the horrific situation of losing their home, they’re losing all that is familiar to them too.

But until now, we didn’t know the full picture of what’s happening. It’s true that more and more homeless London households are living in temporary accommodation that is in a different area than where … MORE...

Scott Dawes
Scott Dawes

By Scott Dawes

A new Planning Bill – why it matters

The announcement of a new Planning Bill in the Queen’s Speech hasn’t grabbed many, if any, headlines – and to be fair it was never going to. Whilst planning may not be on the 6 o’clock news, it matters to us and, hopefully, this new Bill will be a further step towards building the homes we need.

No matter what Shelter does – whether it’s helping people facing bad housing or homelessness or campaigning to improve conditions – the … MORE...

Poppy Terry
Poppy Terry

By Poppy Terry

London Mayoral Election 2016: Was it housing wot won it?

It’s fair to say that the political importance of housing in London has increased dramatically in recent years.

When voters went to the polls in 2012, housing wasn’t at the forefront of their minds. At least not according to polling data, which showed that Londoners placed housing fourth down the list of political issues facing the capital. It ranked behind jobs, crime and transport.

Fast-forward four years, and we’ve just wrapped up an election referred to by the winner … MORE...

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