Monthly archives: May 2017

Chris Thorne
Chris Thorne

By Chris Thorne

Slowly but surely, we’re winning

The UK may still be in the grip of a housing crisis, but slowly things are changing.

Housing was fringe issue at the 2010 General Election, but by 2015 it was a top 4 concern. Shelter campaigned hard to push it up the political agenda, and now it’s here to stay, with politicians of all parties making big commitments on housing in 2017.

There are real opportunities for change, and we’ll be ready to make it happen. In the … MORE...

Charlotte Gerada
Charlotte Gerada

By Charlotte Gerada

Penny Walster
Penny Walster

By Penny Walster

Shelter’s new scheme expects to provide lifeline for Bristol families

Shelter’s Bristol Hub is piloting a bond scheme in partnership with the Bristol Credit Union that gives homeless families the chance to access private rented sector (PRS) housing.  

These families remain trapped in temporary housing because of their financial difficulties and not being able to compete for PRS accommodation. With the upfront costs of private renting ever increasing, raising £2k for deposits and rent in order to move into the PRS is a hurdle these families are unable to overcome. … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

In the dark: Homelessness ordeal gets worse when councils don’t communicate

It is bad enough to be made homeless and living in cramped and insecure temporary accommodation. It is even worse to be moved into accommodation miles away from home and wrenched away from family, friends and schools. But if the local area where you were being moved didn’t even know were arriving?

 On Monday, the BBC reported that boroughs are failing to let other councils know when they have housed homeless people in their district.

At Shelter we already knowMORE...

Charlotte Gerada
Charlotte Gerada

By Charlotte Gerada

Priced out and p*ssed off: Britain’s forgotten middle

Britain’s forgotten middle. The 1.3 million-strong private renters who continually struggle to pay their rent and have little hope of ever buying their own home. These ‘hard-pressed private renters’ increasingly turn up at Shelter’s doors, looking for support with their housing and paying their rent. They’re the families we’re suggesting a new generation of living rent homes should be built for – with rents pegged to lower rates of pay in any given area that enable hard-pressed renters to reach … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Are private rents in England going up or down?

Some newspapers have got very excited recently about reports that private rents in England are dropping.

With many private renters struggling to make ends meet, anything that makes renting more affordable would be exceptionally welcome. But does this mean England’s affordability crisis is over? Unfortunately not.

Are private rents actually falling?

It depends who you believe…

Down: In April, estate agent group Countrywide reported that rents across Great Britain had fallen in the year to March 2017 by 0.3% Mixed:MORE...
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