Monthly archives: March 2017

Marcus McPhillips
Marcus McPhillips

By Marcus McPhillips

New Civic Housebuilding: How to build homes and influence people

Last week, Shelter released our vision for how to build the homes we need: New Civic Housebuilding. The weekend’s Sunday papers covered our exclusive new research into attitudes to new homes – here we set out the analysis of our findings.

 

Public Support for new housebuilding

 

As part of our research into the attitudes of English adults toward new homes, covered extensively last week (for example see here, here and here), we found that … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Cutting housing benefit for 18-21s will have devastating consequences

The government is removing a vital part of the housing safety net for 18 to 21-year-olds. Ministers should change their minds and reverse this decision to stop young people being forced onto the streets.

Today, the government laid measures to stop the majority of young people aged 18 to 21 receiving support for their rent if they  claim Universal Credit.

Despite rumours over the weekend that the government was considering abandoning the policy to avoid a spike in rough sleeping, … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Budget 2017: We must end the injustice of growing child homelessness

Yesterday, the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicted that, following a deep recession and tepid recovery, the median household income in 2021-22 is likely to be 18% lower than that which might reasonably have been expected back in 2007–08.  That’s more than £5,000 a year lost per household. Few of us will be where we thought we might be 10 years ago.

But some of us are likely to fare much worse. The poorest 15% are expected to, on average, have … MORE...

Sara Mahmoud
Sara Mahmoud

By Sara Mahmoud

Mortgaged ownership slides further as generation rent grows up

English Housing Survey results released yesterday show the lowest levels of households buying with a mortgage recorded since 1981. Whilst much has been made of frustrated 25-34-year-old buyers, the alarming growth in 35-44 year old renters suggests that generation rent may be growing up but not moving up. For these households, bold action to fix our broken housebuilding system can’t come soon enough.

Home ownership overall hasn’t changed significantly since last year but this masks changes in who owns and … MORE...

Catharine Banks
Catharine Banks

By Catharine Banks

New Civic Housebuilding: A better way to build the homes we need

New research released today by Shelter shows that across England, eight out of ten working, private renting families cannot afford a newly-built home in their area – even if they have been able to save up a large enough deposit.

But how can this be? We know we have a shortage of homes of all kinds, right across the country. At Shelter, we see the ramifications of this shortage every day: people coming to us for help, facing homelessness and … MORE...