Monthly archives: May 2017

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...
Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Want to improve health and social care? Address homelessness and bad housing

Health and social care is a hot topic in the upcoming general election. Lack of suitable housing options push up the costs of care.  For example, London Borough of Southwark calculates it’s spending over £7m a year (or 35% of the total budget for these services) to unnecessarily accommodate adults and children in residential or supported housing because they’re unable to find a suitable home to move into.  Last week saw the publication of two new reports showing the terrible … MORE...

Robin White
Robin White

By Robin White

Compulsory purchase and council homes – a new direction for housing policy?

In the last few months an exciting shift has taken place in in the debate about housing, one underlined by this weekend’s commitments to new council house building and to reform of compulsory purchase order (CPO) legislation.

This announcement is a genuine break from the previous government’s reliance on private developers to deliver the homes that we need. It also demonstrates clearly that patience with the big developers is running thin – and the expectation that they will deliver has … MORE...