News – 2012

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Eviction risk hotspots revealed 

14 Dec 2012


1 in every 115 households at risk of homelessness.

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Census shows homeownership drop 

11 Dec 2012


Census data from the Office of National Statistics shows that homeownership has fallen for the first time since records began 60 years ago.

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Homeless families in B&Bs on the rise 

06 Dec 2012


New Government figures show the number of homeless families with children living in bed and breakfasts has risen by 51% in the past year.

George Osborne

Shelter responds to Autumn Statement 

05 Dec 2012


Mixed news for families struggling to meet their housing costs.

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Shelter sees 80% increase in demand for homelessness advice 

30 Nov 2012


New figures show Shelter's helpline advising more people at risk of losing their home.

Shelter challenges under-25s benefit cut 

22 Nov 2012


Joint letter urges Prime Minister to reconsider housing benefit changes.

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Government failing to make progress on housing 

15 Nov 2012


Halfway through the parliamentary term, the coalition Government is failing to fix Britain’s broken housing market, Shelter said today.

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75,000 children will be homeless this Christmas 

09 Nov 2012


More than 75,000 children in Britain will wake up on Christmas Day without a home, Shelter has warned today.

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Shelter welcomes mortgage market review 

25 Oct 2012


Shelter has welcomed new regulations designed to promote more responsible lending.

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29% of Bristol’s rented homes fail the decent home standard 

25 Oct 2012


Shelter is calling on Bristol’s Mayoral candidates to make a public commitment to crack down on landlords who rent out properties in states of disrepair.

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Housing costs force 1 in 10 back to Mum and Dad 

13 Oct 2012


'Boomerang generation' can’t afford to rent or buy a home.

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ITV exposes Britain’s property trap 

11 Oct 2012


Millions of people in Britain unable to buy or sell their homes.

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Shelter and British Gas launch new partnership 

10 Oct 2012


Five year plan to improve standards in private rented homes.

George Osborne

Shelter responds to Conservative welfare reform plans 

08 Oct 2012


Steps could include cutting housing benefit for under 25s.

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Complaints about landlords up almost 30% 

04 Oct 2012


Complaints about landlords to local councils have increased by 27% in the last three years, a Shelter investigation has revealed.


Radioman premiere in aid of Shelter 

03 Oct 2012


New film Radioman, about a homeless man turned film star, is holding its UK premiere in support of Shelter.

Music For A Good Home 2

Audioscope release new album for Shelter 

02 Oct 2012


Music For A Good Home 2 features tracks from 40 artists.

Ed Balls

Labour call for stamp duty break and new affordable homes 

01 Oct 2012


Proposals to be made by Ed Balls at the Labour Party Conference.

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Shelter calls for new kind of renting contract 

21 Sep 2012


Stable Rental Contract would provide greater security for private tenants.

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Shelter supports Remember a Charity week 

17 Sep 2012


Campaign highlights the value of leaving a gift in your Will.

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Olympic champion supports Shelter’s Stadium Rush 

07 Sep 2012


Gold medal winner Greg Rutherford backs the stair-running challenge.

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Homelessness remains high 

06 Sep 2012


Figures out today show a 9% year on year increase in homeless acceptances between April to June 2012 since the same quarter last year.

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Government reveals house building plans 

06 Sep 2012


Shelter responds to proposed investment in new homes and construction.

Mark Prisk

New Housing Minister faces huge task, Shelter warns 

05 Sep 2012


Shelter is urging the new Housing Minister, Mark Prisk, to give our housing crisis the attention it deserves.

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1 in 4 'ripped off’ by letting agents 

04 Sep 2012


Almost one in four people have been charged unfair fees by a letting agent, Shelter has revealed.

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1 in 5 delay having children due to cost of housing 

28 Aug 2012


New figures show dramatic increase in 31-44 year olds waiting to start a family.

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House building starts fall by 24% 

16 Aug 2012


New figures show significant drop in new homes started in the last year.

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UK housing third least affordable in Europe  

19 Jul 2012


Families in the UK are among the worst off in Europe when it comes to housing costs.

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Good luck Channel swimmers! 

06 Jul 2012


Best of luck to the Swim for Kids team, who are swimming across the English Channel to raise money for Shelter and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

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Top repossession hotspot: Barking and Dagenham 

28 Jun 2012


London local authority Barking and Dagenham has the highest repossession risk in England, Shelter’s new research reveals.

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Charities submit joint letter to Prime Minister 

27 Jun 2012


Shelter has signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister today, in response to Conservative Party proposals to cut housing benefit for under 25s.

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Shelter condemns housing benefit cuts 

25 Jun 2012


Shelter has condemned the Prime Minister's proposals to remove housing benefit for under 25s, warning that the move would inevitably lead to a rise in homelessness.

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Rent deposit complaints up 80% 

20 Jun 2012


Shelter is urging renters to make sure their deposits are protected, as calls to our helpline about deposit protection problems have increased by more than 80% in the last two years.

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Homelessness figures continue to rise 

14 Jun 2012


Homelessness acceptances increase by 16% at start of 2012.

ŠKODA Citigo

One-of-a-kind car auctioned for Shelter 

07 Jun 2012


ŠKODA auction exclusive Citigo, designed with DJ and music producer Tiësto.

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Government failing to tackle Britain’s housing crisis 

17 May 2012


Leading housing groups warn the Government is failing to deliver on key areas of housing.


Cake Time returns for fourth year  

15 May 2012


This spring marks the start of Shelter’s 2012 fundraising event Cake Time.

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Repossessions show no sign of slowing 

10 May 2012


Shelter warns that homeowners remain at risk from increased mortgage costs.

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Families priced out by benefits cap 

24 Apr 2012


Shelter is urging the Government to consider the damage inflicted on families by cuts to housing benefit.

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Thanks Shelter Marathon runners! 

23 Apr 2012


A huge thank you and congratulations to Shelter’s London Marathon runners!

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Housing market failing older people 

12 Apr 2012


New report from Shelter shows housing market not meeting needs of over 55s.

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Deposit protection law changes 

05 Apr 2012


As changes to tenancy deposit protection laws come into force, Shelter is calling on landlords to ensure they are protecting their tenants’ deposits, to protect themselves from penalties.

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Shelter launches new strategy 

02 Apr 2012


Today Shelter has launched a new strategy, which sets out our plans for the next three years.

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London rents unaffordable 

28 Mar 2012


Renting a two-bedroom home in London is unaffordable for families earning less than £52,000, Shelter has revealed today.

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Homelessness figures up 18%  

08 Mar 2012


New statistics show a massive rise in homeless acceptances across England.

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Londoners driven out by housing costs 

06 Mar 2012


Almost a third (30%) of Londoners say they expect to be driven out of the capital by the high cost of housing.

Amelia's Magazine

Up My Street art exhibition opens 

05 Mar 2012


Designers and artists contribute to new exhibition for Shelter.

Gary Rhodes, Tom Aikens, Jason Atherton and Vertical Rush runners

Success for Vertical Rush runners 

02 Mar 2012


More than 1,000 Shelter supporters race to the top of Tower 42 in London.

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Street homelessness rises by 23%  

23 Feb 2012


Latest Government statistics show cases of street homelessness rose by 23% between 2010 and 2011.

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Shelter statement on Work Programme 

17 Feb 2012


Shelter does not participate in the Work Programme scheme.

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Tackle rogue landlords, Shelter urges Government 

09 Feb 2012


Shelter is calling on the Government to toughen sentencing for serial rogue landlords.

Vertical Rush London 2012

Last chance to enter Vertical Rush 

08 Feb 2012


Final places available in Shelter’s tower-running challenge.

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Shelter responds to the Today programme 

23 Jan 2012


Shelter responds to comments from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Today programme.

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Families cut back on food and fuel 

19 Jan 2012


Shelter survey reveals millions cutting back on essentials to pay housing costs.

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Millions rely on credit to pay for home 

04 Jan 2012


Almost one million people have taken out a payday loan to help pay their rent or mortgage in the last 12 months, according to a new Shelter survey

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