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 … Read more

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 … Read more