News – 2010

Rage Against the Machine

RATM campaign hits 100k!  

02 February 2010


The Facebook campaign to get Rage Against the Machine to number one at Christmas, which raised tens of thousands for Shelter over the festive season, reached a grand total of £100,000 yesterday.

A new block of flats

Halfway house? 

19 August 2010


Although the number of new completed houses is up this quarter, they are still less than half of what’s needed to meet demand, Shelter said today.

Christmas presents

Nationwide’s secret santa 

17 November 2010


Nationwide employees across the UK are running a secret santa scheme with a twist this Christmas, by filling shoeboxes full of gifts for homeless families.

Family in housing need

Child poverty to worsen 

06 September 2010


Almost 54,000 children already living below the poverty line will be pushed even further down by government cuts to housing benefit, Shelter reveals today.

Kay Boycott

Benefits reform cautiously welcomed 

30 July 2010


Shelter has welcomed the Government’s proposals to simplify the benefits system, but has expressed concern about any further reductions to housing support.

man and woman

Homeowner help warning 

21 July 2010


Shelter has welcomed the Government’s extension of schemes to support struggling homeowners until the end of 2010, but has warned that funding must be protected longer-term to avoid a ‘huge surge’ in homelessness.

A woman and man

Join us at party conferences 

16 September 2010


Shelter is holding events at all three of the main political party conferences this year. If you’re planning to be in Liverpool, Manchester or Birmingham this conference season we’d love to see you there!

Nina sitting on bed

Time for bed! 

13 July 2010


If you happen to be passing by London’s Old Street, you’re bound to notice an unusual window display on the ground floor of Shelter HQ. Artist Nina Davis has made a bed from more than 2,000 Metro newspapers – quilt, pillows and all!

a house

Spotlight on private renting 

11 March 2010


Shelter has welcomed the Government's new homelessness figures but has called for regulation of the private rented sector, which is used to house homeless families.

Unhappy looking couple

Help homeowners at risk, urges Shelter 

13 May 2010


Shelter and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have urged the new Government to take immediate action to help thousands of people at risk of losing their homes.

a house

Clampdown on sale and rent back welcomed 

29 January 2010


Shelter has welcomed new measures published by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to protect vulnerable consumers in the sale and rent back market.

Campbell Robb

Potential cuts ‘extremely worrying’ 

10 June 2010


News that affordable housing projects may be abandoned due to a shortfall in funds is ‘extremely worrying’, Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb has said.

Social housing reforms 'bleak'  

24 November 2010


Shelter has described as 'bleak' government proposals to reform social housing.

Alistair Darling

Budget relief for homeowners 

24 March 2010


Shelter has welcomed the announcement that the interest rate on Support for Mortgage Interest, a state benefit paid to struggling homeowners, will be frozen for a further six months. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling made the commitment in today’s Budget.

A family

900,000 ‘forgotten households’ 

12 July 2010


Low-cost home ownership is failing to reach hundreds of thousands of low-income households, leaving them to fall through the gap in Britain’s housing market, a new Shelter report reveals.

Modern block of flats

Councils to keep 'right to buy' funds 

26 March 2010


Councils will be allowed to keep revenue from the sale of council homes under new local authority financing rules, Housing Minister John Healey has announced.

Ilena Day, winner of the Social Inclusion award, with Lord Herman Ouseley

SMK Campaigner awards 

22 September 2010


Winners of the 2010 SMK Campaigner awards were announced yesterday in a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Jon Snow.

Audioscope festival

Ten years of Audioscope 

29 September 2010


Audioscope festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with three shows this November. The Oxford-based music fundraiser has raised more than £20,000 for Shelter since 2001.

Artwork by Grayson Perry for 52 Weeks

Shelter presents...52 weeks 

18 November 2010


52 of the world’s leading artists and designers have come together for an exclusive exhibition to highlight Britain’s housing crisis.

Bob steps up to Vertical Rush  

22 February 2010


Taking time out from his busy building schedule, Bob the Builder took part in Vertical Rush on Thursday 25 February to show his support for Shelter.

Man and woman

Bad news for homeowners 

22 June 2010


The Government's plan to pay Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) at the same rate as the Bank of England monthly rate is bad news for struggling homeowners, Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb has said.

george osborne

Housing benefit warning 

22 June 2010


George Osborne's budget announcements on housing benefit could push households over the edge, Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb has warned.


Government abandons private landlord registration 

10 June 2010


Government plans to scrap increased regulation of private landlords is disappointing, Shelter has said today.

Marathon runners

Thanks to our marathon runners 

26 April 2010


241 runners took on the challenge of the London Marathon for Shelter on Sunday 15 April to raise a phenomenal £450,000 for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

The band Two Giraffes

Buy 'Silvery Trees' for Shelter 

01 December 2010


Pop band Two Giraffes have written a seasonal single ‘Silvery Trees’ to help raise money towards our work with homeless families this Christmas.

Picture of presents courtesy of

Thanks Legal & General! 

21 December 2010


Children in Sheffield, Cumbria, Knowsley and Bristol are looking forward to opening their Christmas presents this year, thanks to Legal & General.

Busk Sheffield promotional poster

Buskers hit the right note 

06 August 2010


Sheffield’s best musicians and performers took part in the UK’s first mass busking event last weekend, raising a tuneful £1,200 for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

Street art

Shelter goes Urban! 

09 June 2010


Shelter and building design consultancy Urban Infill are hosting an exhibition of urban photography and artwork as part of the London Festival of Architecture this July.

Houses of Parliament

Great news for private tenants 

08 April 2010


Shelter has warmly welcomed the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants) Act, which was passed into law today. It will offer protection to tenants who face eviction with no warning when their landlord's property is repossessed.

A still from Cathy Come Home

Tribute to Tony Imi 

27 April 2010


Tony Imi, the cinematographer of Ken Loach's 1966 drama Cathy Come Home and a contributor to Shelter's recent 'Trapped' film, has died, aged 72.

Elderly mother and adult daughter

Affordability crisis fractures families 

01 February 2010


New research by Shelter shows the huge impact the housing shortage is having on families across Britain, with 1.5 million adults saying they are unable to look after their elderly parents because they can’t afford to live near them.

Two children

Homelessness warning 

14 December 2010


Shelter has warned of a rise in homelessness as new research reveals the number of households in rent or mortgage arrears has more than doubled in the past year.

Cake Time

Cake Time causes a stir  

30 March 2010


Shelter supporters across the country have been cooking up a feast of cakes, buns and biscuits over the last couple of weeks to celebrate Cake Time, our delicious spring time fundraising event.

Construction work

Housing cuts mean job losses 

14 June 2010


Any government cuts to housing investment will lead to widespread job loss and plunge the country into an even deeper housing crisis, Shelter has warned today.

A family

Homelessness on the rise 

09 December 2010


Government figures revealing the first sustained rise in homelessness since 2003 are extremely worrying, Shelter said today.

Campbell Robb

Don't cut housing, Shelter urges 

19 October 2010


The planned cuts to housing in the government’s spending review will be devastating, Shelter has warned today.

Queen Elizabeth II

Councils must be ‘transparent’ 

25 May 2010


If local councils are given more decision-making powers on housing, they must be transparent and accountable, Shelter warned today.

David Cameron

Review supply, not tenure 

03 August 2010


The Prime Minister has sidestepped the fundamental cause of our housing crisis: the desperate lack of affordable housing supply, Shelter has said today.

Pyramid stage Glastonbury

Shelter survives Glasto heat 

29 June 2010


Our volunteers at Glastonbury did a fantastic job promoting Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed people over the weekend.

Rage Against the Machine

RATM tops the bill! 

07 June 2010


The band Rage Against the Machine played a free concert in London’s Finsbury Park yesterday, where they presented Shelter with a cheque for £162,000.

A man getting advice from Shelter adviser

Repossession risk remains 

12 August 2010


The Government must keep funding for debt advice services to help the thousands of families at risk of arrears and repossession, Shelter has urged.

Father and son

Joint working conference 

09 June 2010


Do you work with children, families or young people? Then you can’t afford to miss this conference, which brings together experts in the field of housing and children’s services.

Vertical Rush runner

Thanks to our Vertical Rushers!  

26 February 2010


More than 850 runners joined a host of celebrities yesterday to take part in Vertical Rush, a tower running event for Shelter. Many thanks to all of them!

Duncan Bannatyne

Join Duncan Bannatyne at Vertical Rush 

07 January 2010


Duncan Bannatyne, the entrepreneur and star of hit TV show Dragon’s Den, is calling on Londoners to get fit for the New Year and join him in conquering Vertical Rush, the original and biggest tower running event in the UK.

A mother holding her young son

Rogue landlords exposed 

08 September 2010


Shelter has released shocking new research which shows evidence of widespread abuse by a minority of landlords in the private rented sector and is calling on the Government to work with councils to develop a tough programme of action.

A selection of Shelter's e-cards

Send Shelter e-cards! 

27 August 2010


Want to wish someone luck, a happy birthday, congratulations, or just let friends and family know you’re thinking of them? We’ve got online greetings cards for every occasion!

Shoosmiths staff present cheque

Thanks to Shoosmiths! 

18 May 2010


A huge thank you to the staff at commercial law firm Shoosmiths, who have raised £120,000 for Shelter’s emergency hardship fund, which provides essential household items for homeless families.

A family

1 in 6 homeowners struggling 

10 November 2010


The number of people struggling to pay their mortgage has surged by 78% over the past year, new Shelter research shows.

Jason Arday

Good luck Jason! 

21 June 2010


Londoner Jason Arday is following in the footsteps of comedian and multiple-marathon runner Eddie Izzard this summer by running an awesome 30 marathons in 35 days for Shelter.

Overcrowded family

Government failing overcrowded children 

05 March 2010


The Government has broken the promise it made six years ago to update the 1935 overcrowding standard, leaving more than a million children trapped in overcrowded homes, Shelter says.

Well done Jason!

Jason's done it! 

23 August 2010


A huge thank you to Jason Arday, who has now completed his amazing challenge of running 30 marathons in 35 days for Shelter.

Warring couple

Exes forced to stay together by housing costs 

06 January 2010


In the week where most couples separate and divorce proceedings are started, Shelter is today launching new research showing how the lack of affordable homes in Britain is forcing couples who have split to remain living together.

george osborne

Spending cuts unveiled 

24 May 2010


Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (pictured) has announced the Treasury’s plans to make £6.2bn of spending cuts in 2010-11.

Wates' staff wearing football strips

Wates celebrate with Strip4Shelter 

02 July 2010


Shelter partners Wates have celebrated raising a brilliant £110,000 with five days of sports-related activities.

Benefit losses revealed 

08 November 2010


Almost a third of councils outside of London will have households losing £50 a month or more following cuts to housing benefit, Shelter revealed today.

Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award 2010 logo

Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2010 

01 June 2010


Do you work in an organisation in London that tries to improve the lives of homeless people? If so, you could be in line for an Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award!

Houses of Parliament

Advice on hand for new MPs 

17 May 2010


As Parliament officially returns, Shelter research reveals that new MPs will find housing is the chief concern of their constituents.

snowy scene

1 in 4 cut spending on heating 

06 January 2010


As the cold snap continues across Britain, Shelter is today releasing new research showing that one in four people are having to reduce the amount they spend on heating because of high housing costs.

Midlife cyclists

Midlife cyclists take to the saddle 

03 March 2010


Five Shelter supporters who dub themselves 'The Midlife Cyclists' will be setting off by bike for Spain on 19 May 2010 to raise money for our work with people in housing need.

Nationwide logo

New initiative from Nationwide 

21 January 2010


Nationwide Building Society is supporting Shelter with a new scheme that plans to raise a fantastic £20,000 for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

Benefit cuts 'devastating' 

30 November 2010


The devastating impact of cuts to housing benefit is beyond doubt, Shelter has said in response to regulations laid in Parliament today.

Evict rogue landlords placard

Panorama exposes rogues 

21 October 2010


Shelter has inspired the BBC’s Panorama to investigate rogue landlords in the private rented sector.

Mother and child

People delay having children 

13 January 2010


Shocking new research released today by Shelter shows that people are being forced to delay having children because of the lack of affordable housing.

george osborne

Housing dealt huge blow 

20 October 2010


The government is denying responsibility for an entire generation’s ability to access affordable housing, Shelter said today in response to George Osborne's comprehensive spending review.

Campbell Robb

House building figures down 

20 May 2010


Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb (pictured) has described new house building figures released today as ‘shocking’.

Family in housing need

1m paying for homes by card 

05 January 2010


More than 1 million householders have used credit cards to pay their mortgage or rent in the last 12 months, a new survey by Shelter reveals today. 

Weekly grocery bill of £420?  

10 February 2010


The average family’s weekly grocery bill would be around £420 if the prices of food had risen in line with house prices, Shelter has revealed today.

Cambell Robb

Repossession figures 'unacceptable' 

11 February 2010


Chief Executive of Shelter Campbell Robb (pictured) has decribed new repossession figures released today as 'completely unacceptable'.

A young woman

1m victims of landlord scams 

10 September 2010


Almost 1 million Britons have been the victim of a scam involving a private tenancy or landlord in the last three years, shocking new research by Shelter shows.

Campbell Robb

Lenders must do more 

11 November 2010


Mortgage lenders and the Government must do more to protect struggling homeowners, Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said today.

Street art

Colourful support from street artists 

26 March 2010


A festival celebrating street art and graffiti in Brighton on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May will be raising funds and awareness for Shelter this year.

A girl hugging her grandmother

The Co-operative Insurance supports Shelter 

28 September 2010


Shelter and The Co-operative Insurance have launched a new partnership that aims to raise £250,000 for our work with homeless and badly housed people this winter.

A new house

New Homes Bonus not enough 

10 August 2010


The Government’s New Homes Bonus for councils is welcome, but it won’t be enough to solve the housing crisis, Shelter has warned.

Shelter stamp on arm

We're off to Glastonbury 

18 June 2010


Shelter will be offering advice from the John Peel stage at Glastonbury this year.

Cover of ROOF magazine

Get 10% off ROOF magazine! 

04 January 2010


Authoritative, informative and packed with groundbreaking reports, ROOF is a must for anyone wanting to keep up to date with the latest developments in the world of housing and homelessness.

House building figures down 

18 February 2010


The number of new homes built was down last year, figures released today have shown.

Four John Lewis mugs

Design exclusives at John Lewis! 

31 August 2010


High street favourite John Lewis has joined forces with boutique experts Elle Decoration to sell a range of limited edition mugs in aid of Shelter.

George Clarke

Architect in the House returns! 

19 April 2010


Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have launched Architect in the House, an innovative scheme that matches homeowners with an RIBA chartered architect for a consultation in exchange for a donation of £40 to Shelter.

Brother and sister

71,000 children homeless 

21 December 2010


More than 71,000 children will wake up this Christmas in temporary accommodation without the safety and security of a home to call their own, Shelter said today.

Housing League Table website

98% of councils failing on affordability 

18 March 2010


98 per cent of local authorities in England are failing to deliver enough affordable homes to meet need, a new website launched by Shelter has found.

A family

LHA cuts to cost £120m a year 

09 September 2010


The Government will face costs of up to £120 million a year because of the huge rise in homelessness caused by cuts to local housing allowance (LHA), Shelter has revealed today.

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