Tally Daphu

By Tally Daphu

Working with law firms to deliver Pro Bono legal advice

This week (6–11 November) is National Pro Bono Week – a fitting time for us to launch our new service: the Shelter Legal Pro Bono Service.

It’s a new programme that gives more of our service users access to free legal advice. Although providing legal help has long been part of our offering, we’re now taking an innovative approach by working collaboratively with law firms.

Bridging the gap

The new service will enable us to increase our capacity for legal … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Personalised plans – putting service users at the centre of new homelessness services

Today, we publish a new briefing on how local housing authorities should implement new duties to homeless people, which are due to come into force in April 2018 under the Homelessness Reduction Act. This includes the recommendations of an Expert Panel of Shelter service users, with lived experience of approaching their local housing authority for homelessness assistance.

From next spring, we’re set to see a big shake-up in the services councils are legally required to provide to people asking for … MORE...

Eva Watkinson
Eva Watkinson

By Eva Watkinson

Grenfell Tower Fire update

It’s over four months since the fire at Grenfell Tower. It claimed at least 80 lives, devastated a community, and shocked the country.

Since it happened we’ve been working with those affected, as well as campaigning for the long-term changes needed to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

Just after the fire, thousands of Shelter supporters contacted their MPs to demand that the community in West London – who have pulled together to care for each other – got … MORE...

Alex McCallum
Alex McCallum

By Alex McCallum

Toblerones and tenancies – ‘shrinkflation’ in the private rental sector

While it’s not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary yet, ‘shrinkflation’ isn’t a new concept for economics or housing. If you’re a fan of the triangular chocolate treat, you’ll be aware of the hoo-ha earlier this year when the makers of Toblerone effectively increased the cost of the product by putting less in the packet.

I don’t think I’m going too far by saying that many people felt the whole affair was a bit of a con.  It’s inflation … MORE...

Rose Grayston
Rose Grayston

By Rose Grayston

The high cost of viability assessments: 2,500 affordable homes lost in just one year

Over the last year, we’ve blogged many times about viability assessments, their role in cutting affordable homes, and the lack of transparency around how developers use them.

New research from Shelter shines a light on just how much damage this legal loophole is doing. Eleven councils covering nine English cities lost 2,500 affordable homes in just one year on schemes where developers used viability assessments. That’s equivalent to a 79% cut in desperately needed affordable homes to … MORE...