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

Research report: Gaps in the housing safety net

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Published:  September 2014

Shelter commissioned the University of St Andrews to assess the gaps in the UK’s current housing safety net. The research estimates the number of households falling through the net or at risk of falling through, the characteristics of those at risk and the main risk factors leading people to fall through the net. Read summary and download 

Report: Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2014

Shelter, in collaboration with PRP and with advice from KPMG, Laing O'Rourke and Legal & General, was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize. The 2014 Prize questions was "how would you deliver a new garden city which is visionary, economically viable and popular". Read summary and download 

Research: Temporary Accommodation in London

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Published:  August 2014

Here are the results of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests commissioned by Shelter to investigate whether London councils were increasingly struggling to find affordable temporary accommodation (TA) for homeless families. Read summary and download 

Research: The clipped wings generation

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2014

Shelter commissioned exclusive tables from the Census 2011 and a YouGov survey of adults living at home with their parents. This was to better understand: (i) The exact locations where adults living at home with their parents is most common (ii) The main reasons that lie behind families living in this way. This adds rich detail to the national and regional statistics on adults living at home with their parents that are already published by the ONS. In common with the ONS, the new analysis focuses on people aged 20 – 34 years old, and this report particularly focuses on working people living in this way Read summary and download 

Briefing: Residence Test (small)

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Published:  July 2014

This briefing is on the introduction of the Residence Test and our concerns about it's effects on homeless families. Read summary and download 

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