Tilly Williams
Tilly Williams

By Tilly Williams

Shifting attitudes to welfare: Insights into our ‘change audience’

This is the third in a series of blogs talking about Shelter’s campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare.

You may have read Paul’s blog recently on Shelter’s campaign to soften the – sometimes quite toxic – debate on welfare, so that any political party will feel less emboldened to implement further cuts, and will work to improve the system moving forward.

Paul touched upon the audience we’re targeting and why they’re important for the campaign, but I’m going to … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Selective licensing in Newham: a local scheme of national significance

When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector.

While licensing powers were originally introduced in the mid-2000s as a targeted tool to tackle anti-social behaviour, Newham’s ambition was much bigger. They adopted a borough wide scheme to integrate licensing with their other environmental health powers and crack down on rogue landlords and poor conditions too.

It’s an approach that has got results. In the … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
Jenny Pennington

By Jenny Pennington

The government’s welfare cuts are hurting their efforts to stop homelessness

Renters on a low income breathed a sigh of relief last year when the government said it would not make any additional benefit cuts. But last week’s confirmation of the removal of housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds come April and the rollout of the reduced benefit cap earlier this year, show that there are still many reasons to be worried.

Often overlooked is the fact that all private renters in need of housing benefit (more than 1.2 million households) are also MORE...

Marcus McPhillips
Marcus McPhillips

By Marcus McPhillips

New Civic Housebuilding: How to build homes and influence people

Last week, Shelter released our vision for how to build the homes we need: New Civic Housebuilding. The weekend’s Sunday papers covered our exclusive new research into attitudes to new homes – here we set out the analysis of our findings.


Public Support for new housebuilding


As part of our research into the attitudes of English adults toward new homes, covered extensively last week (for example see here, here and here), we found that … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Cutting housing benefit for 18-21s will have devastating consequences

The government is removing a vital part of the housing safety net for 18 to 21-year-olds. Ministers should change their minds and reverse this decision to stop young people being forced onto the streets.

Today, the government laid measures to stop the majority of young people aged 18 to 21 receiving support for their rent if they  claim Universal Credit.

Despite rumours over the weekend that the government was considering abandoning the policy to avoid a spike in rough sleeping, … MORE...