Monthly archives: June 2017

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Housing benefit: The black hole that continues to grow

Something deeply worrying has happened to our private rented market.

Since 2011, as benefits have been cut back, a black hole has started to appear in our welfare system for private renters. This black hole is the widening gap between housing benefit and rents at the very cheapest end of the private rental market. The black hole means rents become completely out of reach for anyone on low earnings. It means more people are made homeless, more children are stuck … MORE...

Rose Grayston
Rose Grayston

By Rose Grayston

Developers cannot be allowed to keep breaking their promises on affordable housing

In the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy, the priority is to find secure, affordable homes for survivors in their community, and make sure they have all the support they need to move forward with their lives. It is encouraging to see homes starting to come forward, with 68 affordable homes in Kensington allocated for survivors so far.

But these are not additional homes. They are pre-existing affordable blocks fast-tracked and reserved for Grenfell families. And so there is a broader … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

How Shelter is working at Grenfell to offer housing advice and assistance

Since the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, Shelter’s staff have been working to help those affected and ensure that homeless families are rehoused swiftly in the local area. Our adviser Kristi has been working on the ground all week and shares her experiences below.

Housing Adviser Kristi

When you get near to Grenfell Tower and the surrounding area you see flowers and vigils lining the streets, posters of the people who are missing made by their families and classmates. So … MORE...

Robin White
Robin White

By Robin White

Queen’s Speech 2017 – time to get our skates on when it comes to housing

Yesterday saw a thoroughly unusual State Opening of Parliament. Gone was the Queen’s traditional regalia and in was an informal (at least in relation to usual), parred down and thoroughly speedy affair.

One thing that never changes though is the ability of veteran Labour MP Denis Skinner to provide an unscripted piece of commentary – this year suggesting that it’s time to get the skates on, after all the Queen needed to be at Ascot for the first race.

Although … MORE...

Steve Akehurst
Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

Housing and the 2017 election: what the numbers say

As the dust settles on the general elections results, attention has turned to trying to understand some of the demographic trends behind the results.

At Shelter, we’ve long had our eye on trends in housing tenure and how these might shape political outcomes. For context, mortgaged home ownership in England has fallen from 42% to 29% since 2000, while private renting has doubled in that time (to 20%).

We will publish more data as it becomes available in the coming … MORE...