The Great Home Debate: what does ‘home’ mean to you?

  • Ensuring that everyone has a place they can call home
  • How British Gas and Shelter are working together to raise standards
  • You told us what ‘home’ meant to you in The Great Home Debate


Over the past four years, British Gas and Shelter have achieved success helping to make homes better and safer.


The partnership has had some great results for private tenants in the UK. From successfully campaigning to improve laws that protect tenants against revenge evictions in England, to improving electrical and carbon monoxide safety standards in England, Scotland and Wales.   


And the good work doesn’t stop there.  


British Gas and Shelter have continued their work in raising living standards, with the start of a huge conversation they call ‘The Great Home Debate’. It aimed to find out what we, as a nation, felt were the most important things that make a home. Perhaps having family close by, affordability, knowing your neighbours, feeling safe or simply the memories that a home holds for you.


In the video above, you’ll see some of the answers the British public gave when asked to describe their home in one word. Off the back of this nationwide conversation, British Gas and Shelter want to help shape new standards for homes in the 21st century and for generations to come.


Now, Shelter is launching a new initiative called the Living Home Standard. This standard measures UK homes across five vital characteristics, using research conducted by Ipsos MORI, as well as common themes found in The Great Home Debate (including warmth, safety and affordability). These are:

1.    Decent conditions

2.    Stability

3.    Space

4.    Affordability

5.    Neighbourhood


Unfortunately, over four in ten UK homes don’t meet this standard. This initiative aims to turn that around by creating a better living standard for all homes in the UK and Shelter is calling on the government to increase the number of homes that meet the standard. British Gas is proudly supporting Shelter in their campaign for change – you can find out more here.


*Updated November 2016, all facts and figures correct at the time of publishing.

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