To Fix The Housing Crisis Once And For All, We Need To Reclaim The Meaning Of Home

Anne Baxendale | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Anne Baxendale

People defined a home according to what it enables them to do. Can I afford the rent without cutting back on food? Is it worth making friends at the school gate or might we have to move in six months? Can our kids can sleep safely and comfortably at night?

More Than a Roof: Women's Shelters Changing Lives

Lee Webster | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Lee Webster

The UK government has in recent years done much good work on violence against women and girls in their development programmes and funding and this has frankly saved women's lives. But now more than ever, we must keep up the momentum and commit to more core, flexible and long-term funding for women's rights organisations.

Forced Evictions in Jakarta: More Than Losing Homes

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

As this article is published, Nasiah, along with many others, are still drifting in the boat house. They have no idea for how long they should stay there. What is certain is that they have now lost not only the places they usually call home, but also long-held memories and the future to which they have been looking forward.

Homelessness Statistics Make Unconformable Reading for Politicians Worried About Welfare Cuts

Jenny Pennington | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Pennington

The weekend was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare. For years we've warned that the government can't just cut away the housing benefit that five million households rely on before building the hundreds of thousands of genuinely affordable homes we need. But could there be signs that the billions taken out of housing benefit in repeated waves are beginning to cause politicians real discomfort?

England Needs More Security in Our Housing Market, Not Less - The Government Should Re-think Its Approach to Council Tenancies

Campbell Robb | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Campbell Robb

We must learn from the past. The last generation of mass council house building included some ugly monolithic estates that did not meet people's aspirations, as well as some better designs. The next generation of low-rent homes need to look like any home you'd see on an ordinary street, and work for the same people who live on those streets.

109,000 Reasons for the Government to Build More Affordable Homes

Kevin Garvey | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Garvey

Homelessness is fast becoming an unwelcome Christmas tradition. New government figures, released last week, show that the number of children in Britain who face waking up homeless this Christmas has reached a staggering 109,000, as homelessness across the country continues to rise.

Step Up for Britain's 100,000 Homeless Children With #SlippersForShelter

Campbell Robb | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Campbell Robb

Shockingly, 100,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning this year. Thankfully these children aren't on the streets, but living in temporary accommodation means they don't have a stable, safe place to call home. Not a single child should be homeless - let alone at Christmas. But sadly, the numbers are only getting worse.

Shared Ownership - Who Does It Work For?

Sara Mahmoud | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sara Mahmoud

Whilst a renewed focus on investment in affordable housing is welcome, it must be money for a broad range of tenures that caters to all families that desperately need secure and affordable homes.

Homes for Who? A Blow for Low Income Home Ownership

Steve Akehurst | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Akehurst

The last Parliament saw housing rise rapidly up the political agenda. As a result, there is now a firm political consensus on the need to address the shortage of homes in England. This includes a genuine desire across government to get more homes built, which is very welcome. The next big question, which will define housing in this Parliament, is homes for who? Who are we building for On this question, the government has made a much less auspicious start.

Rogue Landlords Exploiting The Housing Crisis, Causing 'Misery' For Tenants

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK

More than 125,000 people privately renting homes in England have suffered abusive behaviour from landlords in the last year, according to Shelter. ...

Bailiff Evictions Rise Again as Renters Continue to Struggle

Kate Webb | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

The number of renting households forcibly removed from their home by bailiffs has increased again over the last year, as part of a 47% increase in families struggling to keep a roof over their head since housing benefit cuts began.

Should We Cap Rents?

Campbell Robb | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Campbell Robb

Understandably, more and more renters are joining Shelter's campaign to demand improvements. So why don't we just cap rents? It would be quick and direct, and instinctively, it feels like an easy way to make life cheaper for Britain's eleven million renters.

Are You Afraid That You Could Lose Your Home? You're Not Alone

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Adam van Lohuizen

Last year alone, 360,000 people visited our website, seeking out advice on how to deal with repossession and eviction, representing a 23% increase in visits compared to the year before. In 2014-15, there were over 180,000 claims lodged in the court system to evict households. That's over 180,000 letters from the courts sent to households across England, telling over 400,000 people that court action may be taken to remove them from their home. To put it in context - every hour 50 people are at risk of losing their home. These claims resulted in almost 100,000 renters being forcibly evicted from their homes - the highest level in at least 15 years.

What Does the Queen's Speech Mean for Housing?

Toby Lloyd | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Lloyd

The Queen confirmed proposals to remove housing benefit from many young people and reduce the overall benefit cap by £58 a week. Shelter has long campaigned against the removal of housing benefit from young people unable to live with their families, as this would inevitably drive more people into homelessness.

Think One-For-One Replacement of the Right to Buy Stacks Up? Look at Greater Manchester

John Bibby | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Bibby

Probably the hardest hit by the failure to replace Right to Buy homes is the heart of the Northern Powerhouse itself, Greater Manchester, and the conurbation's experience should set off screaming alarm bells about what may happen under the new scheme. Some 863 social rented homes have been sold in Greater Manchester since 2012, when the promise of one-for-one replacements was first made. Yet of those only two have been replaced: two connected semis on a cul-de-sac in a Wigan suburb. To put it bluntly, the government has tried to squeeze too much out of too small an amount of money...

We're Well on the Way to Becoming a Nation of Renters

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK
Adam van Lohuizen

The housing crisis affects people in many ways, but one of the most obvious shifts we've seen is the number of us who can't afford a home of our own. The large deposits required to buy are only a pipe dream, whilst we live in the expensive private rented sector, or stick at home with our parents. The impacts hit hardest for younger people.

Less Than 20% Of Young Adults Will Own Homes In 2020 If Housing Crisis Goes Unchecked

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Less than 20% of young adults will own homes in 2020 compared to 60% a decade ago if the current housing crisis goes unchecked, a leading housing char...

Nepal Earthquake Was the Single Most Frightening Experience of My Life

Lisa Rutherford | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Lisa Rutherford

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes. There was much talk that this earthquake was expected, but it seems that no amount of preparedness will be enough to keep pace with the increasing disaster risk...

Louise Ridley

Will These 20 Shocking Facts Make Politicians Finally Listen To Private Renters? | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

A Rent Cap in Name Only

Martha Mackenzie | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Mackenzie

Supply is the big political issue we're finally reaching consensus on - but in the meantime, renters deserve a meaningful debate. There are 11million of us - and we're not going anywhere soon.

Louise Ridley

Stress, Fear And Eating On The Floor - The True Cost Of The Housing Crisis Is Psychological | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

Over 200 Announcements But The Coalition Has Still Missed The Big Picture On Housing

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

The Staggering Stat That Shows Britain's 'Dream Of Homeownership' Is Not Happening

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

Louise Ridley

Britain's Housing Crisis Is A Mess: Here's How We Sort It Out | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

Wage Against the Machine - The Tale of the First Time Buyer

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Adam van Lohuizen

How expensive are house prices now for first time buyers? It can be a difficult question to answer, but we've calculated that the average house price in England is £76,873 or 38.8% more than it should be. And that's only for the increasingly small group that can still afford to buy a home.