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Social homes - Open letter to all political leaders

Ahead of the 2024 General election, businesses, charities and think tanks across England have come together to support the Made in Social Housing campaign to reassert our shared call for all political parties to commit to delivering a new mass social housebuilding programme. The campaign highlights the positive impact that social rent homes have on the people who grow up in it.

Published: 30 May 2024

Social homes - Open letter to all political leaders

Briefing: House of Lords Second Reading of the Renters (Reform) Bill

The Bill which has made its way to the House of Lords is completely inadequate. We are therefore calling on all Peers to make this Bill fit for purpose.

Published: 10 May 2024

Briefing: House of Lords Second Reading of the Renters (Reform) Bill

The Fight for Home is a Fight Against Racism

Everyone deserves an affordable, decent, and secure home. But too many people don’t have one. People working every hour they can are forced to choose between feeding their families and keeping a roof over their head. Private rents are soaring higher than ever and now there are over 145,000 homeless children in England. This is the housing emergency which is ruining lives every day. Not everyone experiences the housing emergency in the same way. Black, Brown and other communities of colour face additional barriers to accessing a safe and secure home. Historical inequities, modern policies and systemic racism mean that, while there is huge variation between different ethnic groups, people of colour are disproportionately more likely to be made homeless, live in deprived neighbourhoods and poor-quality homes. The only sustainable way to end the housing emergency is to build a new generation of good quality and genuinely affordable social homes, with rents tied to local incomes. To make sure that everyone has the right to a decent and permanent home, we must put race equity at the heart of the fight for home.

Published: 8 May 2024

The Fight for Home is a Fight Against Racism

Home Again: A 10-City Plan to rapidly convert empty homes into social rent homes

We need at least 90,000 social rent homes delivered every year in England, for 10 years, to end homelessness and house most of the people on waiting lists. To get to 90,000 new social rent homes a year we need a comprehensive plan. Later in 2024, Shelter will set out measures to hit this target. In the meantime, a small, but crucial part of this puzzle is the need to tackle privately-owned long-term empty homes (LEH). This 10-City Plan sets out how a new government could invest £1.25bn in central grant funding to rapidly convert 10,500 empty homes into social rent homes in the first three years of a new government.

Published: 24 April 2024

Home Again: A 10-City Plan to rapidly convert empty homes into social rent homes

Briefing: Report Stage of the Renters (Reform) Bill

We are calling on all MPs to stand up to the self-interest of landlord MPs and ensure the debate at Report Stage is a truly balanced one.

Published: 22 April 2024

Briefing: Report Stage of the Renters (Reform) Bill

Briefing: Social housing – a place of safety for domestic abuse survivors

Domestic abuse is, by its very nature, a housing issue and a key driver of homelessness for women. 2.1 million people were subjected to domestic abuse in England and Wales last year with two-thirds (65%) of victims women. Domestic abuse is the third most common trigger of homelessness.

Published: 19 April 2024

Briefing: Social housing – a place of safety for domestic abuse survivors

Briefing: Putting on the stabilisers - Protecting private renters from unaffordable rent rises

A third of private renters spend half or more of their income on rent. The Renters Reform Bill offers a crucial opportunity to tackle a major cause of instability in England’s private rented sector, the lack of regulation of rent increases during the term of a tenancy. Despite the end of Section 21, the back door will remain open to ‘no-fault’ evictions if the Bill fails to prevent large rent hikes beyond a tenants’ means from being used to force renters from their homes. Sensible measures to stabilise the rate at which rents increase during the term of a tenancy, which are core to greater security of tenure in other countries, would balance tenants’ right to a secure, affordable and stable home with landlords’ need to reasonably cover cost increases.

Published: 25 March 2024

Briefing: Putting on the stabilisers - Protecting private renters from unaffordable rent rises

Briefing note: Managed migration to universal credit

Shelter briefing on the managed migration of people claiming legacy housing benefit to universal credit in 2024.

Published: 21 March 2024

Briefing note: Managed migration to universal credit

Briefing: Social homes – building thriving communities and safer streets

Evidence repeatedly shows how housing insecurity can fracture communities and drive-up crime rates. The dire shortage of social rent homes in England has also exacerbated the vulnerability of those in the greatest danger of violent crime. Investment in a new generation of social rent homes is an investment in our communities and in crime prevention. The delivery of 90,000 social rent homes a year will provide access to safe, well-managed and genuinely affordable homes, helping to build stable, supportive neighbourhoods which offer the security and autonomy for communities to flourish. It will also lead to billions in savings due to lower crime.

Published: 20 March 2024

Briefing: Social homes – building thriving communities and safer streets

Research: The economic impact of building social housing

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has been commissioned by Shelter and the National Housing Federation (NHF) to assess the economic and social impacts of building 90,000 social homes.

Published: 27 February 2024

Research: The economic impact of building social housing