Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

England’s cities: future home builders?

As the dust settles on the election, it is clear that a major priority for George Osborne and David Cameron will be giving greater power to England’s cities. As the Chancellor said yesterday:

“We will hand power from the centre to cities to give you greater control over your local transport, housing, skills and healthcare. And we’ll give the levers you need to grow your local economy and make sure local people keep the rewards.”

This is an exciting, … MORE...

Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

An open letter to the Housing Minister

Yesterday Brandon Lewis was re-appointed Housing and Planning Minister, with Greg Clark announced as the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Below is an open letter to the Minister from our Chief Executive, Campbell Robb, congratulating him on his re-appointment and setting out the action we’d like to see to solve the housing shortage, following the significant attention it received in the election campaign.

Dear Minister,

Congratulations from everyone at Shelter on your re-appointment.

There’s hardly … MORE...

Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Supreme Court clarifies rights of vulnerable homeless people

Today, an important judgment in the Supreme Court will make a huge difference to the thousands of vulnerable homeless people who, every year, approach their local council for help.

Our homeless legislation is quite rightly designed to keep vulnerable people from the streets.  No one wants to see children, pregnant women and other vulnerable adults sleeping rough or forced into dangerous situations.  This was the intention of Parliament.

But in some parts of the country, where the shortage of affordable … MORE...


By Roberta Johnson

“Without a home, you’re a snail without a shell”: housing and mental health

“Without a home, you’re a snail without a shell”

These are the words of Lou, a 44-year-old mother of two who has had to move six times in four years.

This week is both mental health awareness week and the first week of our new government. When I hear David Cameron saying that he will build a ‘brighter, more secure future’ for our country, I think of Lou.

For a secure future, Britain needs secure homes.

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Martha Mackenzie

By Martha Mackenzie

A rent cap in name only

This blog was originally published as part of #BeyondtheBallot the Huffington Post UK’s alternative take on the UK General Election 2015. Visit the website to see the original post and join the debate.

A year ago to the day, Ed Miliband announced that a future Labour Government will legislate to make long-term tenancies the legal default. After calling for stable renting since 2012, Shelter welcomed this turning point.

On Sunday, this was repackaged a ‘cap on rents’.

Cue hysteria. … MORE...