Monthly archives: June 2017

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...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

The need for answers in response to the Grenfell Tower

The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London was a tragedy, and the fear is, an avoidable tragedy at that. Hundreds of people lived in the social housing block, which was managed by the council’s arms-length Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation. Residents have been left with nothing and hundreds are now homeless.

At present, we do not even know how many people have died, nor how the fire started and crucially why it spread so rapidly.

The prime … MORE...

Robin White
Robin White

By Robin White

The election is over, the country has decided – what comes next for housing and homelessness

Yesterday Alok Sharma MP was announced as the latest Minister for Housing and Planning. Here at Shelter we congratulate him on his appointment to, arguably, one of the best briefs in government.

Tackling the housing crisis must be top of the list for the Housing Minister and his team and is one area with clear cross-party support. For generations now we have had an undersupply of new homes, particularly affordable homes, and it is leaving millions facing soaring private rents … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

How much are the homes from Location, Location, Location episode 1 worth now?

It’s hard to believe that Kirstie and Phil started presenting Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location way back in May 2000.

The first episode is well-worth a watch. Watch it to chuckle at the dated fashions and dodgy camerawork, if you must. But the main attraction is, of course, how unbelievably cheap all the properties are.

So as an experiment we tracked them all down to find out how much they are worth now.

The results are mind-boggling.

Inflation, inflation, MORE...
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