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: Immediate costs to government of losing a home

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2012

This Research Briefing provides a tool for estimating the costs incurred by government when somebody loses their home. Read summary and download 

Welfare Reform Bill Clause 94 Briefing

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Published:  January 2012

We support the principle of a Universal Credit and recognise the need for reform of the benefit system. However, clause 94 of the Welfare Reform Bill, which introduces a new cap on the maximum amount of benefits households can claim, undermines many of the principles of the proposed Universal Credit. Read summary and download 

Response - ONS Proposed domains and headline indicators for measuring national well-being

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2012

When the Office of National statistics launched its national debate on measuring well-being on 26 November 2011, Shelter responded by setting out the rationale for the inclusion of housing indicators in a measure of national well-being. We still believe this is the case. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill - Lords Report Stage

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Published:  December 2011

Shelter supports the principles of the new Universal Credit, which is the major piece of reform contained in the Welfare Reform Bill. However, the Bill will also introduce a second wave of cuts to housing benefit, undermining the housing safety net for people who lose their jobs and need temporary financial help to keep their homes, as well as affecting those who are in work but on very low incomes, or who are unable to work due to old age or disability. Read summary and download 

Eviction Risk Monitor

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2011

Every day at Shelter we see families on the brink of losing their home - a traumatic experience that can have lasting effects on wellbeing and family life, from disrupting children’s education to triggering stress and depression. Indeed, the public perceive repossession and homelessness to be two of the three most serious civil problems anyone could face. For many of those facing this threat, the tipping point can be an unexpected life event: illness, relationship breakdown or the temporary loss of a job. Suddenly, debt can spiral out of control, making homelessness a very real threat. Read summary and download 

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