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.

Report: Homeless and Forgotten: Surviving lockdown in temporary accommodation

Being urged to stay home but having no home to go to. This was the reality for homeless people during 2020’s lockdowns. This research reveals the total number of people who spent lockdown in temporary accommodation, and shares the experiences of over 20 households who told us what it was like to be homeless in a pandemic.

Published: December 2020

Report: Homeless and Forgotten: Surviving lockdown in temporary accommodation

Alert Briefing: New benefit cap statistics show numbers rising

On Thursday 26 November, 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; with the figures showing us that there has been an increase of 116% since February.

Published: December 2020

Alert Briefing: New benefit cap statistics show numbers rising

Submission: HCLG Select Committee Inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Shelter has been contacted by thousands of people facing eviction, homelessness, and problems in their accommodation which make it unsuitable to stay safe and healthy in during the pandemic.

Published: December 2020

Submission: HCLG Select Committee Inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector

Briefing: Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation

Shelter is the UK’s largest housing and homelessness charity. Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to provide information, support and advice to thousands of people experiencing bad housing or facing homelessness.

Published: December 2020

Briefing: Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation

Briefing: The impact of homelessness and bad housing on children's education

Briefing: The impact of homelessness and bad housing on children's education

Published: November 2020

Briefing: The impact of homelessness and bad housing on children's education

Alert Briefing: New Universal Credit statistics out show impact on private renters

New Universal Credit statistics out show impact on private renters

Published: November 2020

Alert Briefing: New Universal Credit statistics out show impact on private renters

Briefing: Urgent Question on preventing homelessness and protecting rough sleepers during the national lockdown

Briefing: Urgent Question on preventing homelessness and protecting rough sleepers during the national lockdown

Published: November 2020

Briefing: Urgent Question on preventing homelessness and protecting rough sleepers during the national lockdown

Research: The impact of homelessness on a child's education

This research report from Shelter shows how problematic this acceptance of homelessness among children of school age is. Our survey with teachers all across Britain shows that the impacts of homelessness on children is not hidden or hard to spot at all.

Published: November 2020

Research: The impact of homelessness on a child's education

Consultation response: Planning For the Future

Planning For the Future

Published: November 2020

Consultation response: Planning For the Future

Report: Time for change – Making renting fairer for private renters

Time for change: Making renting fairer for private renters

Published: November 2020

Report: Time for change – Making renting fairer for private renters