Monthly archives: October 2016

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Why Evan Davies understands the housing crisis

On Newsnight last night there was an interesting debate about housing and homelessness. It was prompted by tonight’s BBC2 documentary which follows a London council’s helplessness in finding places for its homeless families to live. There were great points made by all the participants; including Jon Sparkes from Crisis and campaigner Poppy Noor – who has experienced the homelessness system herself.

However the point that struck me most was actually made by the presenter Evan Davies. He said:

“People who, … MORE...

Campbell Robb
Campbell Robb

By Campbell Robb

Launching the Living Home Standard

Today marks the launch of the Living Home Standard, a landmark report which outlines for the first time what the British public feel everyone deserves from a home.

This year marks Shelter’s 50th birthday and while we have had the chance to celebrate some of the successes we have had over the years, those celebrations have been bittersweet. Because in many ways, we wish we weren’t here at all; that we had succeeded in our founding ambition – to … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

MPs warn against weakening the homelessness safety net

The Homelessness Reduction Bill aims to reduce homelessness, especially for those who currently don’t receive help.  But MPs have today warned that the Bill should be redrafted to ensure that the existing protections for families and other vulnerable people are not weakened.  Shelter strongly support this.

Bob Blackman MP’s Homelessness Reduction Bill, which has its Second Reading in Parliament in two weeks’ time, has the laudable aim of reducing homelessness.

The DCLG Select Committee has today reported on its … MORE...

Vicky Pearlman
Vicky Pearlman

By Vicky Pearlman

London Living Rent – one piece of the housing crisis puzzle

The London Mayor has announced plans for a new ‘London Living Rent’. The recognition that private sector rents in the capital are too high is very welcome – and paying a reduced rent, on new Build to Rent properties, will help some people on middle incomes save up for a deposit. But the rent levels are still well above what many Londoners can afford – so the London Living Rent can only be one piece of a larger solution to … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

What are the benefits of longer tenancies for landlords?

Over the course of our campaign for the introduction of longer tenancies a number of landlords have got in touch with us to explain why they support giving renters more security. This post outlines the benefits to landlords of longer tenancies.

There is a growing need for longer, more secure tenancies in the private rented sector. More and more private renters are bringing up children or growing old in a rented home and they need to be confident they’ll be … MORE...