Shelter

The Need For Answers In Response To The Grenfell Tower

Kate Webb | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Kate Webb

Where we know what could have saved lives, it is vital that the government moves quickly to require change. It is simply unacceptable to expect residents, often those unable to move anywhere else, to put their children to bed each night without knowing if it is safe to do so.

Ending Rough-Sleeping

Kate Webb | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

No matter who walks through the doors of number 10 we stand ready and willing to work with them to turn around the housing crisis, and give everyone the chance of a safe, stable and affordable home for the future.

Wild Camping Part Two - Shelter

Andy Torbet | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Torbet

What you'll need to wild camp will depend on the weather and how close you want to get to nature. It also depends on how long you're out for. But let's assume it's a single overnighter and you can extrapolate from there.

Idris Elba Lays Into Tory Benefit Cuts With Expletive-Ridden Speech During Skepta Gig

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds during an impassioned speech at a charity fundraising gig. The ...

Letting Agents To Be Forced To Protect Tenants' Cash

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics

Tenants are to be legally protected from “dodgy” letting agents who take rents and then go bust, ministers have announced. In a major victory for ...

One In Ten Parents Say 'Broken' Rental Market Harms Their Children

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics

One in ten parents say stressful house moves caused by the UK’s insecure housing market harm their children, according to research by charity Shelte...

The Only Way Is Up: The Benefits Of Tower-Running

Shaun Dixon | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shaun Dixon

Tower-running does exactly what it says on the tin: racing up the stairs of daunting sky-scrapers as quickly as possible. The radical running format was first introduced to the UK by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, when it launched the Vertical Rush fundraising challenge back in 2009 at London's iconic Tower 42

6 Simple Ways You Can Help Homeless People Survive Treacherously Cold Conditions

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK

As the weather gets colder, things become more and more dangerous for people who have to sleep rough. Plummeting temperatures, wind, rain and even sno...

Homeless People Reveal Their One Wish For Christmas - This Is How You Can Help Them

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK

This Christmas more than 250,000 people will be sleeping rough on the streets of England. “It’s not through choice I’m out here,” 40-year-old...

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

Don't Waste Money On A Cheap Secret Santa Gift - Give To Charity Instead

Andy Webb | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Webb

If you think Secret Santa is all about keeping the kids in the dark as to the true identity of Father Christmas, you're so far off you may as well be ...

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 28.07.2017 | 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 23.04.2017 | 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 25.03.2017 | 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 26.01.2017 | 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 21.12.2016 | 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 03.12.2016 | 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 25.11.2016 | 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.