Is Shelter’s Campaigns Director beginning to see the light?

Is Shelter’s Campaigns Director beginning to see the light?

9:21 AM, 9th July 2019, About 3 years ago 8

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Greg Beales was quoted on 2 March 2019 as saying: “Shelter research shows that almost one in three renters receiving housing benefit haven’t been able to apply for a home they wanted due to discriminatory practices ranging from ‘no DSS’ adverts to total bans on people receiving housing benefit.”

“But in the end, it will be people power that makes the difference. So if you want to be part of the movement standing up to fight this prejudice then look on our website, sign our petition and add your voice to the campaign to end this disgusting practice for good.”

Greg Beales is campaign director at Shelter

This piece has been updated on 4/3 and paragraph six has been edited to remove the statement that these practices are ‘unlawful’ : Click here.

Beales was quoted on 7 July 2019 as saying: “There is a gap between LHA and the bottom third of rents in 97% of areas across the country. When housing benefit is so low that people are having to find over £50 of week to cover even the lowest rents, they face grim decisions between food, electric bills and keeping a roof over their head.” Click here.

I think you are beginning to see the light, Greg.  Will you now give up your futile bullying of letting agents? Click here.


Arnie Newington

9:36 AM, 9th July 2019, About 3 years ago

I don’t think Shelter care about anything other than the headline and are quite happy to lie to get their own way. Not really the behaviour you would expect from a charity but you would expect of a political organisation which is what they really are.

Larry Sweeney

16:38 PM, 9th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Yes Annie ,Shelter are an absolute disgrace. When was it ever necessary for any national body to attack a national charity. That fact speaks volumes. What other charity any where in the world has an organisation dedicated to educating the general public as to the type of organisation it is.The alliance is not the party in the wrong. We are educating the public and changing the narrative. We want funding for this housing charity which houses nobody, withdrawn and shelter dis banded. Shelter now know that every time they use language like 'criminal landlord' and every time they villify landlords, they assist us with recruitment. Thank you Mr Beales and Pol. 😎
To this end I am very happy to report that support for the alliance campaign continues to grow apace. There is huge unease now amongst many segements of the population. The alliance description of shelter as 'the housing charity which houses nobody' is now embedded in the minds of thousands . Our language is gaining currency. We work hard, buying, renovating and housing people. Shelter work hard demonising us while housing nobody. What a charity.

Neil Patterson View Profile

10:46 AM, 10th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Shelter may not have stopped attacking Landlords, but have at least recently said the only way to solve the housing crisis is to build more Social Housing. Polly Neate Sky News this week.


13:48 PM, 10th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Shelter are disgrace.. they self serving actions do nothing to help their clients / tenants ... they actively drive landlords out how does this help their tenants
If they had the slightest interest in tenants they would be trying all avenues to work with landlords and encourage landlord investment to shift supply / demand in tenants favour .. they have complete disregard to landlords having tenants in arrears and destroying properties and advise them to make their pain worse and help them find loopholes in the law to stay in properties til the bitter end and ignore legal notices

Chris @ Possession Friend

14:05 PM, 10th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Social Housing practice ' No DSS ' discrimination - Look at yesterdays article, " Homelessness - A Perfect Storm. "
Its just Social Housing use the euphemism, " limited entitlement to welfare assistance "
Yesterdays article also showed that Social rents are going to rise, because they cannot afford to build new homes on the existing restricted rent levels !
Rent controls will have the same limiting effect on housing stock - supply across All sectors.

Appalled Landlord

17:25 PM, 28th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Shelter says that “ just 6% of two-bedroom properties across the whole country were both available and affordable to LHA rate claimants”

It gives a link to the source:
“In a new and extensive piece of research, the Bureau captured the details of more than 62,000 two-bed rental properties across England, Wales and Scotland that were advertised on a single day. By mapping these against the LHA rates in each area, we found just 5.6% are actually affordable on benefits.”

So those on benefits could not afford 94% of the advertised properties anyway. But Greg Beales wants to dictate how they should be advertised.

Beales is making a mountain out of a molehill, and a laughing stock of himself.

Luke P

21:07 PM, 28th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 28/10/2019 - 17:25
We have even had a ‘dressing-down’ from a Judge for renting a property to a benefit recipient who could not realistically afford the rent (it was only a 2-bed, band-A terrace in Grimsby at £400pcm FGS), so what am I meant to do…accept or turn away these tenants?

Chris @ Possession Friend

23:06 PM, 28th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 28/10/2019 - 21:07
Would make an amazing response to Shelter and MHCLG who campaigning about No DSS discrimination, when a judge is encouraging Landlords to do just that.

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