Policy library

Policy, research and good practice work forms a major part of Shelter's efforts to address and find solutions for homelessness and housing issues. In this section you can browse through the reports, factsheets, briefings and policy consultation responses that we produce.

All policy documents

Briefing: Grenfell Tower Adjournment Debate

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire broke out at around 1am on June 14th 2017. So far 79 people have died or been declared missing presumed dead. Many survivors have lost loved ones. All residents have lost their home. Shelter’s immediate priority is ensuring the survivors of the Grenfell fire are permanently rehoused - in the local area, in the same tenancy. Beyond this, an unrelenting focus must be placed on understanding everything that contributed to this incident and how it was allowed to happen, in order to ensure nothing like it ever happens again. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Shut out

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Published:  June 2017

A total of 4.5m households now live in privately rented housing. Over the last 20 years, the private rented sector has seen considerable expansion. But the evidence suggests that even at a time of significant growth, this sector has become more difficult for low-income households to access. Many families find they cannot afford a privately rented home, or encounter landlords unwilling to let to housing benefit claimants. This briefing provides ways that the Government and others could take action to dismantle these obstacles and bring down homelessness. Read summary and download 

Research: Shut Out: Households at put at risk of homelessness by the housing benefit freeze

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Published:  June 2017

The inability to find a new place to live once a short term tenancy ends is a leading cause of homelessness in Great Britain. New research by Shelter identifies a number of reasons why people on low incomes are increasingly unable to find a home and secure a tenancy in the private rented sector. The research finds that the most important reason, is the shortfall between housing benefit and the cost of private renting. Sometimes this shortfall is only small – but any shortfall can have devastating effects on whether people can find a new home when their tenancy has ended. Due to current policy, these shortfalls are set to get worse. This research brief sets out our analysis of how many people could be at risk of being affected by this by 2020, without government action. Read summary and download 

Briefing: First 100 Days

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2017

With strong foundations laid in the last two years, the new government has a real opportunity to capitalise on consensus and take the steps necessary to turn around our housing crisis. This briefing presents Shelter's key priorities for the first 100 days of the new parliament. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Hard Pressed Renters - The Forgotten Middle?

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2017

The people coming through our doors to seek help and advice provide Shelter with a real-time picture of the housing crisis. Over the last two years we have analysed feedback from Shelter advice services, YouGov Profiles and polling data to understand low income, hard-pressed private renters – a fast growing group of our clients - and why they are struggling. This document shares findings from those exercises, which have been used to inform our campaigning. Read summary and download 

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