Press releases and statements

Pandemic leaves six million people more afraid of becoming homeless

Posted on 16 Mar 2021

Pandemic leaves six million people more afraid of becoming homeless

Shelter responds to extension of the bailiff ban and six-month notice periods

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “These extensions will come as a relief to the frightened renters who’ve been flooding our helpline with calls. While the threat level from the virus is still high, it’s right that renters can stay safe in their homes.

Posted on 10 Mar 2021

Shelter responds to extension of the bailiff ban and six-month notice periods

Shelter calls the Budget missed opportunity to ‘build back better’

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: "The pandemic has left far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership. Sadly, the mortgage guarantee announced by the Chancellor is pure window dressing. Research shows it won’t help most renters and has no hope of turning ‘Generation Rent’ into ‘Generation Buy’.

Posted on 03 Mar 2021

Shelter calls the Budget missed opportunity to ‘build back better’

Rough sleeping falls but Shelter warns too many are being denied help

Shelter responds to the government's new snapshot figures on the number of people found to be sleeping rough in England on a given night in autumn 2020.

Posted on 25 Feb 2021

Rough sleeping falls but Shelter warns too many are being denied help

Chancellor must act to tackle rent debt crisis

At least half a million private renters are in arrears due to the economic impact of Covid-19. The UK Government’s own research shows that ‘private renters report being hardest hit by the pandemic.

Posted on 18 Feb 2021

Chancellor must act to tackle rent debt crisis

Shelter responds to the extension of the bailiff ban

The government has announced the current ban on evictions by bailiffs will be extended until 31 March 2021. This comes as the latest research from Shelter shows almost 445,000 private renting adults in England have fallen behind on their rent or been served with some kind of eviction notice in the last month.

Posted on 14 Feb 2021

Shelter responds to the extension of the bailiff ban

Shelter responds to government announcement of £3.5bn funding to help end the 'cladding scandal'

Shelter has responded to the government announcement of a further £3.5 billion to help end the 'cladding scandal'. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP said leaseholders in high-rise blocks (above 18 metres) will face no costs for cladding remediation work. Those in low and medium-rise blocks will never have to pay more than £50 a month for cladding removal work. To help fund the scheme, the government will impose a new tax on residential property in the UK.

Posted on 10 Feb 2021

Shelter responds to government announcement of £3.5bn funding to help end the 'cladding scandal'

Thousands are struggling to survive the pandemic while homeless

The government has released new figures on homelessness in England which show that almost 70,000 households faced homelessness between July and September 2020.

Posted on 28 Jan 2021

Thousands are struggling to survive the pandemic while homeless

Shelter responds to Government's extra Covid protections for rough sleepers and renters in January 2021

Shelter responds to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's announcement about the extension of the bailiff ban and £10m for rough sleeping healthcare and accommodation in January 2021.

Posted on 08 Jan 2021

Shelter responds to Government's extra Covid protections for rough sleepers and renters in January 2021

Shelter response to the latest national lockdown and end of the ban on evictions by bailiffs on 11 January

Shelter responds to the latest national lockdown and the ban on evictions by bailiffs, which is due to lift on 11 January, 2021.

Posted on 06 Jan 2021

Shelter response to the latest national lockdown and end of the ban on evictions by bailiffs on 11 January