2024 Reporting homelessness prize short list

Vicky Spratt

The i Paper

Vicky Spratt is an award-winning journalist, author, and housing rights advocate. Her book TENANTS was a Financial Times book of the year in 2022. She is a columnist and housing correspondent at The i Paper where her work has seen her nominated for a British Journalism Award and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. In 2017, her campaign succeeded in getting letting fees banned. Since then, she has given evidence in Parliament and been name-checked by ministers on the floor of the House of Commons because of her reporting on homelessness. Her work has contributed to several other major policy changes. Vicky has presented documentaries for Radio 4 and the BBC. She has also regularly appears on flagship news programmes such as Newsnight, the Andrew Marr Show, and BBC News and is a regular contributor to Radio 4, LBC, and the Newsagents podcast. Her long-form interview about the economics of the housing crisis with Novara Media was one of their most viral yet. Vicky is regularly asked to speak at political conferences with both government and opposition ministers and changemakers, she has interviewed key political figures such as Michael Gove, Jeremy Corbyn, and Angela Rayner and spoken at literary festivals from Edinburgh to Hay as well as music festivals such as Bristol’s Forwards festival. She has been invited to Glasgow and Rotterdam to speak about her work. Her writing on abortion rights and women’s life choices has also appeared in ELLE Magazine, Refinery29, VICE, and the Guardian.

Her second book will be published by 4th Estate in 2025.

Her shortlisted pieces are: