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.

Briefing: House of Lords debate on the risk of mass evictions resulting from COVID-19-related poverty

At the start of the March 2020 lockdown, the government put in place a package of emergency housing measures to keep people safe in their homes during the pandemic. However, over the course of the pandemic, people have fallen through the gaps in support.

Published: April 2021

Briefing: House of Lords debate on the risk of mass evictions resulting from COVID-19-related poverty

Briefing: Accommodating street homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Following the High Court ruling in Ncube v Brighton and Hove City Council, this briefing outlines what the judgment means for local authorities and for street homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: April 2021

Briefing: Accommodating street homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Universal Credit Alert Briefing

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released their new Universal Credit statistics. We have analysed these numbers to show the impact of Covid-19 on private renters claiming Local Housing Allowance (LHA). There has been a huge rise in the proportion of private renters receiving LHA since February 2020 and this continues to grow.

Published: April 2021

Universal Credit Alert Briefing

Benefit Cap Alert Briefing

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released their new benefit cap statistics. We have analysed these numbers to show how the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a huge rise in benefit capped households and how this is impacting them.

Published: April 2021

Benefit Cap Alert Briefing

Fair Housing in London: Tackling London's housing emergency

Tackling London's deepening housing emergency will take action from national government, from local councils, and from London’s next Mayor. Shelter London is calling on political leaders at all levels to take urgent action to address the inequality which is rife in London’s housing system.

Published: April 2021

Fair Housing in London: Tackling London's housing emergency

Findings from the Hackney Temporary Accommodation Listening Campaign: Residents Call for Change

Temporary accommodation residents from across the London Borough of Hackney have come together to talk about their experiences, and what changes they want to see.

Published: April 2021

Findings from the Hackney Temporary Accommodation Listening Campaign: Residents Call for Change

Bristol Fair Renting Campaign Launch: Demand Fair Renting for Bristol

Renters across Bristol are coming together to expose, to the wider community and to those in power, the reality of private renting. With Shelter Bristol’s support, they have created the Bristol Fair Renting Campaign and launched a manifesto demanding urgent change

Published: April 2021

Bristol Fair Renting Campaign Launch: Demand Fair Renting for Bristol

Briefing: Budget Debate 2021

The 2021 Budget made it clear that the Chancellor recognises that the economic impact of COVID-19 is far from over. However, if we are to truly build back better from the pandemic, housing must be at the heart of our recovery.

Published: February 2021

Briefing: Budget Debate 2021

Submission: Public Accounts Committee inquiry into COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers

To protect all street homeless people from both the virus and freezing weather during and beyond this national lockdown, we are calling on the government to direct councils to accommodate everyone at risk of the street. We want the government to provide not only adequate funding but robust guidance, clarifying the basis on which everyone at risk of the street should be accommodated.

Published: February 2021

Submission: Public Accounts Committee inquiry into COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers

Submission: Budget 2021

The number one goal for this budget must be to strengthen the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 by prioritising jobs and skills. By investing in social housing, the government can do this as well as solving the housing crisis. However, while the three crises continue and millions remain vulnerable in unaffordable, insecure homes, the storm must still be weathered. The welfare system must protect people to avoid a surge in homelessness due to rental debt.

Published: February 2021

Submission: Budget 2021