Shelter’s strategy for 2019 – 2022

Shelter’s strategy for 2019 – 2022

8:52 AM, 25th October 2018, About 4 years ago 7

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Shelter have documented their strategy for the next three years 2019 – 2022: click here to view the full document.

Their purpose: Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home. (note not to provide a safe home)

How they will achieve change: “A nationwide movement demanding social housing and defending rights

– In communities we harness the power of our services, shops, campaigners, donors, and partners to effect change

– Everyone who comes into contact with Shelter can contribute to ending the national emergency

We want a future without discrimination based on housing or benefits status

  • We use the law to strengthen rights and fight discrimination
  • All whose rights are denied or at risk can get the best digital advice

Every Shelter hub is a base for change in its community

  • We understand what’s needed in every area we work in and the individual, local and national impact of denying the right to a home
  • We help others to tackle the housing emergency by providing professional training and support

People who struggle are supported to find the best solution for them and their children

  • We empower people to challenge society’s denial of rights and to believe change is possible
  • We ensure support is available for children and their families who have been homeless or living in slum conditions
  • Local partnerships help people overcome the problems that put them at risk of losing their home
  • If you are homeless or your home is at risk you can get advice on the phone immediately”

“Our enemy is social injustice, and we cannot fight it alone. The national emergency cannot be stopped by anything less than a national movement.

“We know our strategy can only succeed if thousands join together. We will work with individuals and organisations – those who care about or are affected by the national emergency, or who advocate or support those most impacted. At the heart of this we’ll seek to recruit 500,000 supporters to defend the right to a safe home. We will harness the power for change of our services, shops, campaigners, donors and partners.”

The social injustice is a lack of housing so it should be time they work with landlords in a positive, constructive and collaborative way


Seething Landlord

13:49 PM, 25th October 2018, About 4 years ago

I recommend reading the whole document, it demonstrates how Polly Neate earns her relatively modest salary. There is much emphasis on the need for more social housing as well as some of the rhetoric to which we might object but which is understandable when seen in the light of their overall objective. We cannot deny that there are some rogue landlords and they provide the oxygen for Shelter's campaign against what we see as reasonable protection for the rest of us.
What is missing from the document is any criticism of the "right to buy", which I see as the original catalyst for the transfer of social housing provision from local government to the PRS. Now that Housing Association tenants are also to be given the right to buy, this will probably follow the same path, with HA properties being transferred over time to the PRS, so I would encourage Shelter to add repeal of RTB to their objectives.

Appalled Landlord

16:10 PM, 25th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Shelter is a commercial organisation, selling services. It also lobbies and campaigns, activities which are subsidised by donations and legacies. Now it wants to make itself into a mass movement.

If they get 500,000 supporters they will be almost as big as the Labour Party.

They will not be needed to provide advice. So what will they be needed for? Does Shelter’s portly Director of Campaigns intend to use them for Direct Action? If so, mobs will be harassing letting agents in person instead of just on the phone.

Old Mrs Landlord

16:36 PM, 25th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 25/10/2018 - 16:10
In a few years' time they could be needed to lobby for repeal of S.24, ha ha!

Appalled Landlord

17:51 PM, 25th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Shelter’s strategy document says “But there’s still more to do. To achieve it, we’ll need to inspire a new wave of grassroots supporters – a mass movement for change whose voice will be heard everywhere, from Westminster to local town halls.”

Like the people who tried to storm the council offices after the Grenfell fire?

Appalled Landlord

13:34 PM, 27th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Looks like they are not waiting for half a million. Here are ten outside a branch of the firm that Shelter invited its supporters to harass.

Old Mrs Landlord

15:59 PM, 27th October 2018, About 4 years ago

I see that at the foot of their campaign update Shelter are inviting those who have had a bad housing experience to share their stories and offering to campaign for change. I'm sure plenty of 118 landlords have a wealth of bad housing experiences to share, many of them caused by 'DSS' tenants. Wouldn't it be great to have Shelter campaigning for tenants to be held responsible for damage to rented property, leaving with unpaid rent, stealing landlords' appliances etc. etc.?

Luke P

18:58 PM, 27th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 27/10/2018 - 13:34
Most of the people in that photo look like SJWs professionally offended on behalf of others and not DSS recipients.

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