Shelter

Average UK House Prices Hit Record High

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

House prices have surged to another record high and now stand at one quarter of a million pounds on average, official figures show. Property values...

New Year's Resolution? Adopt a Rescue Pet Of Course!

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Season's greetings hope you're all enjoying some well-earned time off with your pets and thinking up some New Year's Resolutions - and if I may suggest one - adopt a rescue pet! Sure, puppies and kittens (which incidentally can also be found in rescue) maybe more cute, but older animals need loving homes too...

Why This Christmas Will Be the Busiest Yet for Shelter's Helpline

Liz Clare | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Liz Clare

Despite nearly a decade at the other end of the phone, I have never seen the helpline as busy as it is now, and it's picking up every day. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and from morning until night, the phones ring constantly - without fail.

The Work Programme Just Isn't Working

Andy Winter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Winter

It is the 10% with more complex needs, and those who have never worked, who offer a greater challenge, and who the Work Programme fails miserably. It is all too easy to dehumanise them by dismissing them as "skivers" and all too easy to threaten to deny them benefits.

Bedroom Tax Mitigation in Scotland

Alan Wyllie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Under-Occupancy Element of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 has created scores of headlines in the media. The obvious unfairness of a policy that penalises tenants in social housing who are deemed to have a 'spare' bedroom instinctively goes against the values of the majority of the electorate...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

Now More Than Ever, Welfare Needs a Better Sales Pitch

Roger Harding | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Roger Harding

Yesterday's headlines, about removing benefits for those under 25, add to the mounting evidence that welfare will be on the front line of the 2015 election - a key issue for parties to show that Britain can do better than this, or that they're on the side of hard working people. Stepping back from the detail of this latest worrying announcement, we're left with a bigger question: why is welfare on a thirty year popularity losing streak? And what role have its supporters - myself included - played in it?

The Street Children of Belgrade and the Universal Search for Peace

Toby Brundin | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Toby Brundin

The past three months of my life have been engaged in managing and shaping a fascinating project called films4peace, which reaches its fruition this weekend on the UN's International Day of Peace on 21 September. It's an unusual beast: the brainchild of the highly creative South African curator and art historian Mark Coetzee...

Number Of Homeless In London Doubles Under Boris

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Politics

The number of homeless people sleeping rough on London's streets has almost doubled since Boris Johnson became mayor, new figures show. Rough sleep...

'30 Years' To Save Up For House Deposit

PA | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

Young people trapped by high property prices face having to save for up to 30 years before they can afford a deposit on their first home, a charity ha...

Homeless Woman Offered Vouchers For Tent After Applying For Emergency Housing

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK

A homeless woman who was refused emergency housing by the Isle of Wight council was instead offered vouchers to buy a tent and food. Dawn Martin, 6...

UK Renters Are Being Taken for a Ride and It's Time to Take a Stand

Laurna Robertson | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laurna Robertson

It's time we admit that people who are renting in the UK, through choice or necessity, are being treated as second class citizens and widespread action is needed. At present, rarely a day passes without a story in the news about the non-existent rights of renters and the plethora of ways private landlords and letting agents have of exploiting this.

Housing Rental Market Putting Children 'In Jeopardy'

PA | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

The "volatile" rental market is putting children's education and general wellbeing at risk, a housing charity has warned. Shelter called for more l...

Margaret Thatcher the Council House Snatcher

Laurna Robertson | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Laurna Robertson

There's no feeling like owning your own home - a retreat from the rest of the world, a safe haven, a place where you can fully express yourself. Does that feeling of satisfaction double when you have two or three properties?

Millions Of Britons At Risk Of Losing Their Home

PA | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

Eight million people are estimated to be just one month's salary away from struggling to pay for their home, a charity has warned. Some 35% of work...

How Many Dishes Do I Have to Wash...?

Vanessa Brown | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vanessa Brown

With home ownership fast becoming a distant dream for many young people entering the workplace, what I envisioned my life to be in my twenties is not what it turned out to be. Now at the age of 33, I find myself thinking of dishes, and how many I would need to wash in order to keep up with the rent on my in South London flat.

Families Going Hungry To Keep Their Homes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

More than five million families with children cut back on food last year as they struggled to stay in their homes, a charity has said. Some 42% of ...

Boris Pictured Walking Past Homeless Man As He Talks Of 'Vibrance And Glory' Of Croydon

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson announced that £1bn will be pumped into Croydon on Thursday, in a redevelopment plan that will see a new Westfield set up in the South ...

Millions Face Monthly Struggle To Keep Roof Over Their Heads

PA | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK

Around 7.8 million Britons are struggling to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments, showing a sharp increase on a year ago, a charity has warne...

Number Of Homeless Families Living In B&Bs Rises By 51%

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

The number of homeless families living in bed and breakfast style accommodation has risen by more than 50% in the last year, according to government f...

Osborne Scraps Plan To End Housing Benefit For Under 25s

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to drop his controversial plans to end housing benefit for the under 25s after a Lib Dem revolt, reports the Guardian. The pl...

Sexually Abused? Proceed to Question 7b

Kate Webb | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

A blanket ban on support for young adults would leave thousands at risk of homelessness - while any truly compassionate list of exemptions would be so broad as to make the policy redundant. Ministers should ditch this unworkable proposal now.

Now Is the Time to Start Building Houses

David Orr | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
David Orr

We desperately need housing to be a national priority to deliver a huge increase in new homes. Our continued failure to tackle this problem head on hits millions of families hard, denies people the opportunity to buy their own home, traps increasing numbers of working people in benefit dependency at huge cost to the public purse and acts as a real brake on economic growth.

Britain Can Still be a Nation of Homeowners Despite Tough Times

Martin Roberts | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Roberts

Buy something you can add value to. Don't go for your dream home first time. It almost certainly ain't gonna happen. Don't be put off by grubbiness. If it needs work, good, if it needs a lot of work, even better - you can really increase value.

Dina Rickman

Kate's 18 And Just Had A Baby; George Osborne Wants To Take Away Her Housing Benefit

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been accused of targeting the poor and young families after he announced a government plan to cut an extra £10bn from the benefits...