New Look, Old Story
New Look, Old Story
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The shop signage just off of Glasgow’s trendy Buchanan Street shopping precinct may indeed say “New Look”, but beside it was the old story of growing homelessness, as most people casually walked past what looked like some rubbish placed outside, but was in fact someone less fortunate sheltering from the elements under a tarpaulin.


Fifty years ago the national housing charity Shelter was founded, just weeks after the screening of Ken Loach’s seminal work, Cathy Come Home.  That film shocked the nation to the core. Shelter’s haunting early photographs of slum conditions ensured that the housing crisis stayed at the forefront of national politics, with famous images of families exploited by racketeering landlords living in freezing squalor.


But believe me, for Shelter, today’s environment is just as bleak, and this is not a happy 50th birthday they wish to be seen celebrating. Amazingly, half a century on, society still needs their campaigning voice to be heard, as research figures show the number of people sleeping rough in the UK has increased by 30% in the past year – and chancellor George Osborne is now warning that his budget next month will bring us a heap more of austerity.


So happy birthday Shelter – you are needed more than ever today, no thanks in large to an austerity Conservative government who doesn’t give a feck about housing and social well-being; and not only that, they are now attempting to curb the powers of charities to speak up on such social issues. If Charles Dickens were alive today, he would have no shortage of material to write about.


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  • I just shared your blog about Shelter on Facebook, it was an interesting blog John.B.Henderson ?