Monthly archives: September 2017

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Government auditors say housing benefit freeze is a driver of homelessness

A National Audit Office report, published today, finds that the freeze on housing benefit is “likely” driving the increase in homelessness.  Shelter is calling on the Chancellor to show the Government is serious about homelessness prevention and announce an end to the freeze.

“The decrease in affordability of properties in the private rented sector, of which welfare reforms such as the capping of Local Housing Allowance [housing benefit in private rented housing] are an element, have driven the increase in … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness. Shelter’s new campaign is calling on the government to pledge more help in the Autumn Budget by re-linking Local Housing Allowance to actual rents.  

Private renters are now enduring the seventh consecutive year of cuts to housing benefit. At Shelter we’re only too well aware of the impact this has had on people’s ability to find and keep a home.

It’s no coincidence that homelessness triggered by the loss of … MORE...

Vicky Pearlman
Vicky Pearlman

By Vicky Pearlman

Happier and healthier: improving conditions in the PRS

“The bathroom had severe damp, as did two out of the three bedrooms. The electrics were in a terrible, dangerous, state. The family had five children, the youngest was 11. Both the parents and the children struggled with depression and low self-esteem.”

“Damp and mould are probably the most reported problems, but they are often not the most serious. The most serious harm is caused by excess cold. It is insidious; the cause of death is never ‘got too cold’. … MORE...

Eva Watkinson
Eva Watkinson

By Eva Watkinson

On the eve of the Grenfell Inquiry, London Mayor calls for a new Commissioner for Social Housing Residents

Next week the preliminary hearing into the Grenfell tower Inquiry will begin.

When the Terms of Reference were announced many, including Shelter, wanted the government to take a closer look at social housing, Shelter CEO Polly Neate called for tenants voices to be central in the response:

“In the coming months we must hear the voices of all those affected by this tragedy, loud and clear and with real influence, so they can get the justice they rightly seek.

“Tenants … MORE...

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