News – 2009

Carol singers

Welwyn Hatfield sings up a storm  

21 December 2009


Carol singers from Welwyn Hatfield got into the festive spirit last night and raised a fantastic £240 to help Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families in Hertfordshire this Christmas.

Rag committee

Students on tour for Shelter 

21 December 2009


Cambridge Students' RAG appeal embarked on a cross country tour to raise money for Shelter in early December.

Rage Against the Machine

RATM campaign success!  

21 December 2009


After a huge grassroots social networking campaign, Rage Against the Machine has reached number one for Christmas - raising over £80,000 for Shelter in the process. Congratulations and a massive thank you to everyone involved!

Rage Against the Machine

Giving by the power of Facebook! 

17 December 2009


A grassroots social networking campaign to get Rage Against the Machine’s track ‘Killing in the Name Of’ to number one is raising tens of thousands of pounds for Shelter this Christmas.

'Tis the season for Christmas jumpers 

16 December 2009


Whistles has joined forces with their creative partners to create a series of limited edition ‘Christmas jumpers’. For every jumper sold, £25 will be donated to Shelter.

Chris Rea

Chris supports Shelter this Christmas 

15 December 2009


Perennial festive favourite Chris Rea’s 'Driving Home For Christmas' is getting a make-over with a new video. It's available as a digital download Christmas single in aid of Shelter from today.

Grand Designs print

A sackload of Christmas gift ideas!  

14 December 2009


Avoid lastminute Christmas Eve shopping panic - buy your gifts in the comfort of your own home via our online shop!

Family in front of their house

Co-op Insurance has Shelter covered 

14 December 2009


Is your New Year's resolution to get your home insurance sorted out? Get it out of the way in December with Co-operative Insurance, and you won't just get a great deal - you'll also be supporting Shelter, as the company will donate £10 for every policy taken out.

Firm Favourites

Get cooking for Shelter!  

14 December 2009


Looking for culinary inspiration this Christmas? National law firm Shoosmiths has produced Firm Favourites, a collection of delicious recipes put together by staff, their families and friends.

Local Housing Allowance report

Local Housing Allowance 'failing' 

11 December 2009


Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is failing tenants and landlords in its current form, new research from Shelter shows today.

Alistair Darling

Pre-budget report welcomed 

09 December 2009


Shelter today welcomed the Chancellor’s pre-budget report, saying it showed the Government’s commitment to housing.


Send a message from Santa 

08 December 2009


Shelter is today launching SantaCam, a fantastic new website which lets parents send their children a personalised Christmas video message from Santa.

Ecards 2009

Send Shelter's Christmas e-cards! 

08 December 2009


Shelter's gorgeous range of Christmas e-cards are back for 2009. The all-new, all-animated e-cards are better than ever, and are a great way to do your bit for the environment and save on stamps at Christmas time!

Big Lottery Fund

Research team hits lotto jackpot 

03 December 2009


Shelter’s research team has hit the jackpot after Shelter fundraisers secured a massive £363,000 research grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Rundown flats

Over 10 years to clear lists 

01 December 2009


One in four English local authorities would take more than 10 years to house everyone on their council housing waiting list, it was revealed today.


New homelessness data welcomed 

27 November 2009


Shelter has today welcomed new data that shows the measures local authorities are taking to prevent homelessness – after campaigning for the figures to be released.

A stressed families

1.3 million private tenants struggling 

26 November 2009


Private tenants are the hidden victims of the recession, new research from Shelter and Money Advice Trust (MAT) shows.

Housebuilding figures fall 

19 November 2009


New figures released today show that we are still not building enough homes to meet demand, Shelter has said.

Family in housing need

Government 'failing' tenants 

19 November 2009


The Government is failing private tenants by not including legislation in the Financial Services and Banking Bill which would have protected renters if their landlord was repossessed, Shelter and Crisis have said today.

Lets Get Quizzical logo

Businesses get quizzical for Shelter!  

18 November 2009


Businesses pitted their wits against one another in a grand general knowledge challenge for Shelter last week, with Shoosmiths' team 'Jill and a Bit' winning the coveted Let's Get Quizzical 2009 trophy.

Andrew Walker

Barrister wins award for Shelter case 

17 November 2009


A barrister who worked on an historic case brought by Shelter has won the prestigious 2009 Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award.

M&S sandwich

M&S Christmas food for Shelter is back! 

17 November 2009


Marks and Spencers' glorious range of 'Food to Go' in aid of Shelter has become something of a festive tradition over the last few years, so you'll be pleased to hear that it's back and it's looking tastier than ever in 2009.

A house

Repossessions rise by 3% 

12 November 2009


New figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders released today show the number of repossessions rose by 3% in the third quarter of the year to 11,700. The total number of repossessions for this year are predicted to be 48,000.

Boris Johnson

London Mayor supports campaign 

11 November 2009


Mayor of London Boris Johnson has backed Shelter's overcrowding campaign by calling on MPs to show the same concern to the 330,000 London children stuck in overcrowded accommodation as they do for battery farmed chickens

Terraced house

Call for renters' tax break  

03 November 2009


Shelter is calling for greater tax breaks for householders who rent a room to lodgers, because the tax threshold - the amount a person can receive in income before paying tax - is so low it puts people off from offering a room to potential renters.

Housebuilding figures down 

28 October 2009


Revised figures published today for the past 12 months to June 2009 show that housebuilding is in even greater decline than shown in previous government figures released in August.

Family in housing need

Tenants losing out with LHA 

21 October 2009


Shelter has launched a new report that shows Local Housing Allowance (LHA) has caused more than a quarter of claimants to fall behind on their rent payments.

a house

Unlawful companies still advertising 

20 October 2009


Unlawful sale and rent back companies are still operating and advertising their services despite the introduction of strict regulation, a new investigation by Shelter has revealed.

Modern block of flats

Banks still lending irresponsibly  

19 October 2009


High street banks are still offering first-time buyers with substantial deposits unaffordable mortgages that would leave them living close to the breadline, new research by Shelter's ROOF magazine has revealed.

Cambell Robb

New Shelter CEO appointed 

15 October 2009


Campbell Robb has been appointed Shelter’s new Chief Executive. He will take up the post on 1 January 2010.

Piano Magic

Don't miss Audioscope! 

13 October 2009


Alternative music fundraiser Audioscope is back for another year. Taking place on Saturday 17 October at the Jericho Tavern, Oxford, the festival showcases the best of the leftfield music scene.

Grab a designer bargain! 

09 October 2009


The Shelter shop in Chatham, Kent, has launched a new range of vintage clothes and is calling on local ‘recessionistas’ to come down and grab a designer bargain.

Ace of hearts playing card designed by Damien Hirst

House of Cards comes up trumps! 

30 September 2009


The House of Cards auction, featuring works by artists and designers including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, David Bailey and Vivienne Westwood, has raised over £100,000 for Shelter.

Patsy Palmer in Trapped

Shelter film wins major award 

29 September 2009


Trapped, a short film starring Patsy Palmer (pictured), made for Shelter by Seefood Films, has won the prestigious IVCA Clarion Award for Interactive Media.

Jane Asher and Gerald Scarfe

Stars turn out for private view 

25 September 2009


A host of artists and celebrities joined Shelter to celebrate the launch of our House of Cards exhibition last night at an exclusive private view held at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London.

Goods donated

Goods donated to homeless families 

21 September 2009


Shelter's Homeless to Home projects in Nottingham, Bristol, Sheffield and Birmingham help homeless families making the transition into permanent housing. Since 2000, they have been benefiting from goods donated by housewares manufacturers.

Great North Runner

Thanks to our Great North Runners! 

21 September 2009


A team of 125 Shelter runners took on the challenge of the Great North Run in Newcastle on Sunday. Congratulations and a big thank you to all of them!

Visit the House of Cards exhibition 

16 September 2009


Major names from the world of art have come together to create a unique collection of works inspired by our House of Cards campaign. From Thursday 24 September, you'll be able to view it for yourself at the Haunch of Venison Gallery, London.

A terraced house

Repossessions on the rise 

15 September 2009


New figures from the Financial Services Authority show that 13,610 homes were repossessed in England in the last three months, a rise of 23 per cent on the same period the last year.

The Soloist poster

Join us at a gala screening 

14 September 2009


Shelter has joined forces with Universal Pictures to raise funds at a charity gala screening of moving new drama, The Soloist.

Group of campaigners

Summer of campaigning success  

14 September 2009


Our Campaigns team and public network of campaigners have been very busy lately, as they’ve fought to keep housing in the public eye and at the top of the Government’s agenda. Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been doing over the last six months…

One of the exhibitors at the show, Lucis

Calling all design enthusiasts! 

07 September 2009


100% Design London is the UK's leading interior design and architecture event. It's supporting Shelter this year, and to celebrate the partnership, there's a great ticket discount especially for our supporters.

House of Cards winner

We have a winner!  

07 September 2009


A Darwin-inspired illustration of an insect by London-based artist Mauricio Ortiz has won Shelter’s House of Cards design competition.

Apartment in Manchester

Win an apartment in Manchester 

27 August 2009


One of 12 apartments on the canal in Portland Basin, Manchester, could be yours when you enter a new property giveaway competition that's raising funds for our work with people in housing need.

Mr & Mrs Smith album

In bed with Mr & Mrs Smith 

24 August 2009


V V Brown, Jo Wood, Dylan Jones and Russ (Cuban Brothers) are among those revealing their most seductive tunes on a new album from boutique travel experts, Mr & Mrs Smith, which will raise funds for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

Building site

Call for more housebuilding 

20 August 2009


Shelter has renewed its call for more new homes, as figures released today show that the number of new house builds started in England in the last quarter was nine percent lower than the same period in 2008.

DTZ logo

Big thank you to DTZ 

18 August 2009


Since Shelter became DTZ’s corporate charity partner in September 2008, the company's employees have raised an amazing £50,000 towards our work with people in housing need.

For sale signs

Second wave of repossessions ahead 

14 August 2009


Shelter today warned again of an imminent second wave of arrears and repossessions and called on lenders to do everything they can to keep customers in their homes.


Bring private renting ‘up to scratch’ 

10 August 2009


Shelter is calling on the Government to introduce stronger regulation of the private rented sector as latest figures show an extra 300,000 households are renting property.

House of Cards

Calling all budding artists! 

05 August 2009


Shelter has launched a competition offering budding artists and designers the chance to display their work alongside the biggest names in British art, including Damien Hirst, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

To let signs

3 tips for sale and rent back customers 

04 August 2009


Shelter is calling on struggling homeowners considering using a private 'sale and rent back' company to make sure it is regulated first, and has released three top tips for potential customers.

A new building in the Thames Gateway

Advice for subletting victims 

31 July 2009


Shelter has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will crack down on unauthorised sub-letting of social housing, but has called on innocent tenants of rogue landlords to seek advice before they face losing their homes.

Grand Designs Live logo

Grand Designs in Birmingham 

30 July 2009


Grand Designs Live and Shelter will be working together again when the award-wining event for home-lovers takes place in the autumn.

Overcrowded family

One million children overcrowded 

29 July 2009


Over one million children are now trapped in overcrowded housing, a rise of 54,000 in the last two years, Shelter has revealed today.

Block of flats

More freedom for local councils 

21 July 2009


Councils will have greater freedom to manage their own housing finances under new proposals unveiled by Housing Minister John Healey. Shelter has welcomed the move, which local councils have campaigned for over several years.

Uncharted Territory report

Repossessions rise predicted 

16 July 2009


Shelter today launched a new report, 'Uncharted territory?', which examines how mortgage arrears and possessions are currently managed by both lenders and borrowers, and predicts a rise in repossessions in the coming years.

Modern development

Eco-towns welcomed 

16 July 2009


Shelter has welcomed the announcement that four new 'eco-towns' have been given the go-ahead. The schemes are all proposed or broadly supported by local authorities, the government has said.

Ground-breaking ideas from Shelter 

13 July 2009


We must act now to reinvigorate housing delivery to ensure the continued supply of much needed new homes, says a new Shelter report.

a house

'Sale and rent back’ victory 

09 July 2009


In an historic case brought by Shelter, a vulnerable family has been told they can keep the home they have lived in for more than 20 years after almost losing it in a repossession ‘sale and rent back’ scam

Franz Ferdinand

Shelter in vogue at Glasto 

02 July 2009


Shelter t-shirts that celebrate the legacy of DJ John Peel's support for our work were seen on a gallery of stars at Glastonbury this year.

A new building in the Thames Gateway

'Sale and rent back' regulated 

02 July 2009


After campaigning by Shelter to highlight the problems of the industry, regulation of the ‘sale and rent back’ sector by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) began yesterday on 1 July 2009.

Modern block of flats

Mortgage Rescue 'disappointment' 

01 July 2009


Since its introduction at the start of the year, a total of six people have been helped by the Mortgage Rescue Scheme, the Government has announced. Shelter has described the figure as 'disappointing'.

picture of mother and child

Historic victory on domestic violence 

01 July 2009


Shelter has welcomed a new ruling that women staying in temporary refuges after fleeing their homes due to domestic violence will be considered homeless and have proper rights to find a permanent home.

Gordon Brown

Brown commits to affordable homes 

30 June 2009


The Prime Minister Gordon Brown's promise of additional money for new homes over the next two years, made in his 'Building Britain's Future' manifesto, has been welcomed by Shelter chief executive Sam Younger

To let signs

'More repossessions ahead' 

22 June 2009


Shelter today warned the Government and mortgage lenders against complacency - and called on them to start preparing for a second wave of arrears and repossessions that could hit the UK within the next two years.


Investment in North 'must continue' 

15 June 2009


Shelter is calling on the Government to commit to continue funding the regeneration of disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the North and Midlands.

Family in housing need

Thanks to Nationwide 

15 June 2009


More people in housing need in Bristol, Bournemouth and Milton Keynes will be helped to find a secure, affordable place to live thanks to a new partnership between the Nationwide Building Society and Shelter.

Jamie Winstone

Festival chic from Shelter 

10 June 2009


Jamie Winstone, Lauren Laverne, The Ting Tings and many more have pledged to show their support for Shelter by wearing one of our limited edition t-shirts at Glastonbury this year.

A terraced house

‘Sale and rent back’ to be regulated 

04 June 2009


After campaigning by Shelter to highlight the problems of the industry, the ‘sale and rent back’ sector is to be regulated by the FSA, the Government has announced

Local election candidate

Local elections in your area? 

01 June 2009


Do you live in a part of the country where local elections are taking place? Shelter is challenging local election candidates to make affordable housing a key part of their manifesto - and you can help us.

Housing advisers

Lenders 'still not doing enough' 

22 May 2009


New research by Shelter and other leading advice agencies shows some lenders are still not fully using Government schemes to help struggling homeowners.

To let signs

Repossessions up 50%  

15 May 2009


New figures released today show repossessions have increased 23 per cent from the previous quarter and 50 per cent from the same period last year.

Tenants packing to move

Tenant help 'must come soon' 

14 May 2009


The law is to be changed to protect private tenants who face sudden homelessness when their landlord is repossessed. Shelter has welcomed the news, but warned that there must be no delay in introducing this protection.

Marathon runners

Thanks to our marathon runners 

27 April 2009


250 Shelter runners took on the challenge of the London Marathon yesterday, and look set to have raised an incredible £450,000 for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

Alistair Darling

One billion pounds for housing in Budget 

22 April 2009


Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced measures worth £1 billion for housing in today’s Budget.

Terraced house

New scheme for homeowners 

21 April 2009


Homeowner Mortgage Support (HMS), which helps homeowners to stay in their homes through financial difficulty, has been launched. Shelter has greeted the scheme as a significant step forward.

Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards

Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2009 

17 April 2009


Do you work in an organisation in London that helps to improve the lives of homeless people? If so, you could be eligible for an Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award in 2009.

First time buyers

First time buyers 'still locked out' 

17 April 2009


Tightening of lending means that first time buyers are still locked out of home ownership despite the fall in house prices, new research by Shelters ROOF magazine has shown.

Cake Time

Helping Shelter's a piece of cake! 

08 April 2009


Hundreds of people enjoyed a feast with friends and colleagues in March while taking part in Shelter's tastiest fundraising event, Cake Time.

Grant Shapps

Tory councils 'should build now' 

07 April 2009


Shelter chief executive Adam Sampson has said that he is 'keen to see further detail on planned Conservative investment in housing'after a green paper released by Tory shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps (pictured) acknowledged a shortage of homes.

Grand Designs print

Limited edition prints up for grabs 

06 April 2009


Top designers Al Murphy, The Boy Fitz Hammond and Timorous Beasties have produced four limited edition prints in aid of Shelter.

Mixmag logo

Win tickets to Mixmag at Matter 

03 April 2009


The folks at Mixmag - the worlds biggest clubbing and dance music magazine - are offering Shelter supporters the chance to win two free tickets to a great night out.

Rowan Williams

Archbishop calls for support 

02 April 2009


The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is calling on all Christians this Easter to hold special services in aid of Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families.

Newham youth forum

Young people have their say 

02 April 2009


Children and young people from Shelter’s educational support project in Newham have come together to create their own youth forum.

Put People First march

Shelter joins Put People First  

01 April 2009


Shelter is a part of a new movement born on 28 March 2009. 'Put People First' saw 35,000 people marching through London and calling on leaders for an economy that delivers decent jobs and public services for all, an end to global poverty and inequality, and a green economy.

Sam Younger

New Chair and interim CEO 

30 March 2009


Shelter has appointed a new Chair of its Board of Trustees, and a new interim CEO.

Tenants packing to move

New campaign to protect tenants 

30 March 2009


Shelter has joined forces with Citizens Advice, Crisis, and the Chartered Institute of Housing to lobby the government to change the law so that tenants are better protected from repossession.

CML logo

Three Budget ideas from CML 

25 March 2009


The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) today called on the Government to introduce three simple measures in the Budget to kick start the housing market.

Rural home

Rural areas to get more homes 

25 March 2009


The Government's announcement that it will relax planning restrictions to allow for more affordable housing in rural areas has been welcomed by Shelter.

Shelter chief executive Adam Sampson

Adam Sampson to move on 

03 March 2009


Shelter chief executive Adam Sampson is leaving the organisation to take up a new role as Chief Ombudsman at The Office for Legal Complaints (OLC).

Bench badge

Bench do their bit  

23 February 2009


Urban lifestyle brand Bench has teamed up with Shelter to say no to bad housing.

Elderly person drinking a cup of tea

Keep warm this winter 

09 February 2009


Shelter is backing Keep Warm Keep Well, the Department of Health's campaign to fight cold-related illness this winter.

House of Cards

'House of Cards' ads launched 

06 February 2009


Shelter is launching a new advertising campaign today on the London underground to highlight the depth of Britain’s housing crisis.

Overcrowded family

Overcrowding figures up 

29 January 2009


565,000 households are now living in overcrowded conditions in England, the latest Communities and Local Government (CLG) figures show. That’s 11,000 more overcrowded households than last year.

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