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: The impact of housing problems on mental health

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Published:  July 2017

Shelter in partnership with the research agency, ComRes, explored the relationship between housing and mental health through a two-stage research project in early 2017. This involved 20 qualitative interviews with GPs and a quantitative survey of 3,500 English adults. Read summary and download 

Research: 'Phantom Homes' - Planning Permissions, Completions and Profits

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Published:  July 2017

Shelter released new research on the topic of planning and housing development on Friday the 7th July 2017. This research briefing provides an overview of the key findings and method, when examining developer profits, planning permissions and completions between 2011 and 2016. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Benefit Cap adjournment debate

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2017

On 22nd June, the High Court ruled that the revised benefit cap was unlawful, in so far as it applied to lone parents with children under the age of two. The cap of £20,000, or £23,000 in London, is imposed on the benefits received by those not working at least 16 hours a week (24 if a couple). The case was brought on behalf of four lone parents who claimed the new lowered cap discriminates against the most vulnerable in society, who frequently struggle to pay for child care or have zero-hours contracts and cannot control whether they reach the required number of weekly hours to be exempt from the cap. Lone parents with children under two do not qualify for free childcare and so find it very difficult, often impossible, to work the minimum 16 hours a week required to evade the cap and also find adequate, affordable childcare. Read summary and download 

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 

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