News – 2011

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70,000 children homeless for Christmas 

20 December 2011


Almost 70,000 children will wake up on Christmas Day in temporary accommodation, without a home to call their own, Shelter reveals today.

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Areas most at risk of eviction revealed 

29 December 2014


New research from Shelter shows 1 in 111 homes at risk of eviction.

Tenants packing to move

Homelessness up by 13% 

29 December 2014


The number of households declared homeless so far this year is up by 13 per cent from the same period last year, according to Government figures out today.

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Funny Faces launches 

29 December 2014


New photography exhibition for Shelter features portraits of famous faces from the world of comedy.

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Great British Property Scandal launches 

29 December 2014


Channel 4 has launched The Great British Property Scandal, a season of special programmes to investigate the housing crisis and consider possible solutions.

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Community raise money with a Christmas song 

29 December 2014


A local community in Gloucestershire has joined forces in support of Shelter, to record a charity single called Meet Me In Winter.

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Housing strategy launches 

29 December 2014


The government has launched a new strategy in response to our growing housing crisis.

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Shelter secures protection for tenants 

29 December 2014


Shelter has secured critical changes to the tenancy deposit scheme, which will help to protect millions of people living in the private rented sector.


Graphic novel goes on sale for Shelter 

29 December 2014


Over 50 creators have worked in collaboration to produce Nelson, a graphic novel raising money for Shelter.

A Christmas Song

'A Christmas Song' for Shelter 

04 November 2011


Comedy star and musician Matt Berry has launched the world’s first ever crowd-sourced Christmas single on Absolute Radio, and is searching for members of the public to star in it -– all in aid of Shelter.


35,000 face loss of home before Christmas 

01 November 2011


An estimated 35,000 people across Britain face the prospect of losing their homes between now and Christmas.

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Shelter launches new resources for schools 

18 October 2011


Shelter, in partnership with Nationwide, has created a series of new online resources for teachers of Key Stage 4.

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Housing failings revealed 

17 October 2011


A new report from leading housing groups warns the Government is failing to deliver on its promises to boost housing supply and protect the vulnerable.

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Rent rises hit home 

12 October 2011


Shelter research reveals ordinary working families face unaffordable private rents in 55% of local authorities in England.

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New shoe launches for Shelter  

03 October 2011


Footwear brand Yull have designed a new shoe to raise money for Shelter.

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National Shirt Exchange Week launches 

23 September 2011


Give an old shirt a new home and raise money for Shelter at the same time with T.M.Lewin’s National Shirt Exchange Week!

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Tenant misery grows 

12 September 2011


Shelter is urging councils to crack down on rogue landlords, as our research reveals that they continue to cause misery for tenants across England.

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Shelter releases 2010/11 annual report 

16 August 2011


Shelter has released its annual report for the last financial year, 2010/11. It explains how donations, contracts and fundraising activities have helped pay for Shelter’s services and campaigns.

Homeowner family

Repossession caution 

11 August 2011


Repossessions haven’t risen this quarter, but many homeowners are struggling with mortgage payments and Shelter is urging them to seek advice early.

A retired couple

Baby boomers put retirement at risk  

27 July 2011


Britain’s housing crisis is forcing the baby boomer generation to risk their financial security in old age to support their family’s housing costs, Shelter has revealed.

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1 in 4 London children overcrowded 

13 July 2011


One in four London children are living in overcrowded homes, new figures reveal, as Shelter calls on the Mayor to do more to tackle the problem.

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Nationwide: vote Shelter! 

30 June 2011


Are you a member of Nationwide Building Society, or know someone who is? Then Shelter wants your vote!

Mother and two children

Welfare changes could cause homelessness 

04 July 2011


Government ministers may have seen analysis that proposed changes to welfare benefits could make 40,000 families homeless, it has been revealed by the Observer.

Jon Snow

Landlords from Hell exposed 

01 July 2011


Private tenants feel powerless when facing problems with their landlord, Shelter research reveals, as Jon Snow investigates Landlords from Hell in Channel 4’s Dispatches.

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Councillors’ housing benefit fears 

29 June 2011


Councillors across the country are worried they will be unable to cope with the strain on public services caused by cuts to housing benefit, new Shelter research has revealed.

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Shelter at Glastonbury 

22 June 2011


Shelter is taking our Rogue Landlords campaign to the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury this year.

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Repossession hotspots revealed 

20 June 2011


Shelter's research has revealed the places in England with the highest proportion of homeowners who are at serious risk of repossession.

Warring couple

Housing costs cause depression 

17 June 2011


New Shelter research shows a huge surge in the number of people suffering from stress and depression due to high housing costs.

Tenants packing to move

Homelessness up 10% 

09 June 2011


44,160 households were accepted as homeless last year, according to the latest statistics issued by the Communities and Local Government Department today - that's a 10% increase on the previous year.

A young couple

Young people 'priced out' 

31 May 2011


Shelter research has revealed an entire generation priced out of a home of their own, forced to rely on others and accept limited chances in life due to the sky high cost of housing.

First time buyers

First time buyers back tougher rules 

25 May 2011


Three quarters (75 per cent) of first time buyers believe banks must lend responsibly despite the fact it will stop some people getting a mortgage, a new survey by Shelter reveals today.

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Rise in repossessions 

12 May 2011


Homeowners are suffering the combined pressures of high living costs, frozen wages and VAT rises, Shelter said in response to today’s figures showing repossessions have risen by 15 per cent.

Court of appeal

Court judgement welcomed  

10 May 2011


A Court of Appeal judgement calling on councils to take urgent steps to meet their legal obligations to homeless 16 and 17 year olds has been welcomed by Shelter.

Sarah Beeny

Architect in the House returns! 

19 April 2011


Architect in the House, which gives homeowners the chance to improve their property while supporting Shelter at the same time, is back for a 15th year!

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Shelter's marathon heroes 

18 April 2011


Congratulations and a huge thank you to our 203 Shelter runners who took on the London Marathon this Sunday 17 April to raise money for people in desperate housing need.

Cyclist Rob Dolton

Rob goes for a ride 

11 April 2011


Best of luck to Rob Dolton, who’s cycling all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

A house

Second home stocktake 

06 April 2011


Shelter is calling for the council tax discount for second home owners to be abolished.

A young woman

Tenant protection needed 

29 March 2011


Rogue landlords are taking advantage of the rental sector boom, Shelter warned today, calling on the Government to give tenants the protection they need and deserve.

george osborne

Budget offers little help 

23 March 2011


The Chancellor’s Budget announcements will have little impact on our housing crisis, Shelter said today.

A young homeowner couple

Sensible lending urged 

14 March 2011


Mortgage lenders and the Government must genuinely commit to sensible lending to prevent people from needless arrears and repossession, Shelter has urged.

Rate rise alert 

09 March 2011


One in four homeowners may be completely unprepared for the costs of rising interest rates, Shelter has warned.

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Thanks Vertical Rushers! 

04 March 2011


Huge thanks to the 950 runners who took on London’s Tower 42 for Shelter at Vertical Rush yesterday!

A family

Tenant protection crucial 

24 February 2011


The Government must ensure that the growing population of people renting privately get the protection they so desperately need, Shelter said today.

Street-homeless man

Rough sleeping warning 

17 February 2011


Rough sleeping figures paint a worrying picture of the future of homelessness in this country, Shelter warned today.

Man and woman

Welfare Reform Bill concerns 

17 February 2011


Housing proposals outlined in the Welfare Reform Bill will do little to support the Government’s aim to get people back into work, Shelter said today.


More homes needed 

17 February 2011


Local authorities must start prioritising spending on housing delivery to meet need, Shelter said in response to today’s house building figures.

Campbell Robb

Concern at inflation 

15 February 2011


Inflation could lead to homelessness for people who are already struggling to pay their housing costs, Shelter said today.

Leeds student hitchhikers

Thanks Leeds RAG! 

14 February 2011


A big thumbs up for Leeds University RAG who have raised £10,000 for Shelter on their annual Amsterdam Hitch!

A mother, father and son

Homeowner help urged 

10 February 2011


The Government must do more to help homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage, Shelter said today.

Deborah and Charlie at Justice for All launch

Justice for All launch 

28 January 2011


Shelter has joined Justice for All, the campaign for the protection of social welfare advice which was launched in the House of Commons last week.

A young woman

1 in 3 can’t cover costs 

24 January 2011


Almost a third (28 per cent) of UK adults spend more money each month than they have coming in, research by The Co-operative Insurance and Shelter shows.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow steps up 

19 January 2011


Channel 4 News presenter and renowned British journalist Jon Snow is feeling the heat as he prepares to take on Shelter’s tower-running challenge Vertical Rush.

Houses of Parliament

LHA cuts to split London 

12 January 2011


Government cuts to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will increase the segregation of rich and poor areas in London, our research confirms.

A family

2m pay for home on cards 

05 January 2011


More than two million people have used credit cards to pay their mortgage or rent, an increase of almost 50 per cent in a year, Shelter research reveals today.

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