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

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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 27.05.2015 | 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 26.05.2015 | 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 22.05.2015 | 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 18.05.2015 | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 focus...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 focus...

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 focus...

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 focus...

Louise Ridley

Britain's Housing Crisis Is A Mess: Here's How We Sort It Out

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 f...

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.

Britain's Housing Crisis - The Brownfield Solution?

Simon Thomas | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

As the May general election looms, housing remains a key issue over which the different political parties will scrap it out until the polls close. Of course they'll all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK's housing shortage with inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?

The Housing Crisis: Why Can't We Build More Council Houses?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Value-for-money has been the deafening cry of free market ideologues and politicians on the right. Keep governments out, privatize, and let the market work its magic to produce the most efficient solution, they say...

Dapper Laughs Can't Even Give Money Away To Charity

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Now Comedians Condemn Dapper Laughs As 'Gagging For Rape' Footage EmergesThe Petition To Cancel Dapper Laughs Has Reached A Gratifyingly Hig...

The Blight of Homelessness Must Be Addressed With a Dignified Approach

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Here in the UK, speaking with people who have had the unfortunate experience of being homeless has highlighted one major theme - being homeless has little to do with race, religion or education.

Would You Find A £2,800 A Month Flat 'Affordable'? Boris Thinks So

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has come under fire amid reports he is set to approve plans for 98 "affordable" flats that could cost up to £2,800 to rent. The Lond...

We Must Change the Law to Better Protect Tenants

Phil Buckle | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Phil Buckle

Homes in the private rented sector in England are worse than in any other, with a third of properties failing to meet basic standards and a sixth of renters, or 1.2 million adults, reporting problems with electricity in the last year...

'Average House Prices Could Near £1 Million In Broken Market'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

Average property prices in England risk quadrupling to more than £900,000 in 20 years due to the "broken" housing market and the lack of house-buildi...

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...