Monthly archives: February 2017

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit after receiving disturbing evidence of the problems encountered by tenants from councils. The government should use the opportunity to listen to the concerns of tenants and landlords who are dealing with the worrying fallout of the once ‘flagship’ welfare reform.

In January this year, nearly half a million people were claiming Universal Credit. Despite repeated delays and timetables slipping back, the rollout of the combined benefit is ramping up … MORE...

Ross Fisher
Ross Fisher

By Ross Fisher

Campaigning to fix renting in Greater Manchester

On 4th May, residents will elect the first Mayor of Greater Manchester. The Mayor will represent the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester, and will have a range of new powers, including over housing.

Building on our Fix Renting campaign during the London Mayoral Election last year, we’ve been considering how we campaign at a more regional level. Sadly, we simply don’t have the resource to do something in every area, or campaign on every local issue. But the Greater Manchester … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Time to drop the ‘hated’ ban on housing benefit for 18-21s

Reports over the weekend suggest Ministers and advisers are looking again at controversial plans to bar 18-21s from claiming housing benefit. The current government inherited highly risky plans to prevent younger people receiving housing support under Universal Credit, with the ban due to take effect in a little over four weeks.

Shelter and others have warned of the devastating risks for those unable to stay with family who will be left without any safety net. There are many reasons why … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Can Haringey’s housing development vehicle provide a case study in joint ventures?

Haringey’s proposal to combine forces with a private developer to regenerate and develop council owned land has gone from local controversy to national talking point. At Shelter we tend not to comment on specific development proposals and instead focus our resources on ensuring that people affected locally can access advice and support. But Haringey’s proposals are large scale and contain some particularly interesting mechanisms.

There are three elements to Haringey’s plans:

The creation of a housing development vehicle (HDV), a… MORE...
Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

What is the bold vision for preventing homelessness now?

Last week, the Government launched it’s ‘bold, radical vision for housing in this country’ via its Housing White Paper. The Prime Minister rightly acknowledges that ‘building the homes we need will take time’, so the ‘Government will continue to help people now by doing more to prevent homelessness and to help households currently priced out of the market’. So what more will be done now to prevent homelessness?  And why isn’t local housing allowance barely given a mention?

There … MORE...