A new Planning Bill - why it matters

The announcement of a new Planning Bill in the Queen’s Speech hasn’t grabbed many, if any, headlines – and to be fair it was never going to. Whilst planning may not be on the 6 o’clock news, it matters to us and, hopefully, this new Bill will be a further step towards building the homes we need.

No matter what Shelter does – whether it’s helping people facing bad housing or homelessness or campaigning to improve conditions – the … Read more

London Mayoral Election 2016: Was it housing wot won it?

It’s fair to say that the political importance of housing in London has increased dramatically in recent years.

When voters went to the polls in 2012, housing wasn’t at the forefront of their minds. At least not according to polling data, which showed that Londoners placed housing fourth down the list of political issues facing the capital. It ranked behind jobs, crime and transport.

Fast-forward four years, and we’ve just wrapped up an election referred to by the winner … Read more