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: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

It is Shelter’s view that given the risk of criminalisation of homeless people – and wider concerns with Part 3 of the Bill – the government should not proceed with the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. However, should the government take this Bill forward, urgent clarification is needed around the intent of the powers contained within Part 4 to ensure homeless people are not criminalised.

Published: June 2021

Briefing: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: Factsheet

At Shelter, we know that the housing emergency is tearing lives apart. In every city, in every town, in every village, every single day, people are living without safe, secure or stable homes. Today we have launched a new report that shows the scale of the national housing emergency. Built upon a comprehensive survey of 13,000 people throughout the UK, it looks at just how many people are trapped in the housing emergency and the different ways it affects their lives. This is a summary of the report, which we hope you find useful. New-born babies are breathing in toxic mould from unfit houses. Younger people are struggling to make ends meet in dangerous flats. People are denied a place to rent simply because they’re gay, disabled or Black. And there are many others who’ve been forced to sleep on the streets – with no place to go to, no one to turn to and no hope for the future. The housing emergency is ruining lives. We want to work to make sure these findings are heard and acted upon.

Published: May 2021

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: Factsheet

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: North East Factsheet

At Shelter, we know that the housing emergency is tearing lives apart. In every city, in every town, in every village, every single day, people are living without safe, secure or stable homes. Today we have launched a new report that shows the scale of the national housing emergency. Built upon a comprehensive survey of 13,000 people throughout the UK, it looks at just how many people are trapped in the housing emergency and the different ways it affects their lives. This is a summary of the report for the North East region, which we hope you find useful. New-born babies are breathing in toxic mould from unfit houses. Younger people are struggling to make ends meet in dangerous flats. People are denied a place to rent simply because they’re gay, disabled or Black. And there are many others who’ve been forced to sleep on the streets – with no place to go to, no one to turn to and no hope for the future. The housing emergency is ruining lives. We want to work to make sure these findings are heard and acted upon.

Published: May 2021

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: North East Factsheet

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: North West Factsheet

At Shelter, we know that the housing emergency is tearing lives apart. In every city, in every town, in every village, every single day, people are living without safe, secure or stable homes. Today we have launched a new report that shows the scale of the national housing emergency. Built upon a comprehensive survey of 13,000 people throughout the UK, it looks at just how many people are trapped in the housing emergency and the different ways it affects their lives. This is a summary of the report for the North West region, which we hope you find useful. New-born babies are breathing in toxic mould from unfit houses. Younger people are struggling to make ends meet in dangerous flats. People are denied a place to rent simply because they’re gay, disabled or Black. And there are many others who’ve been forced to sleep on the streets – with no place to go to, no one to turn to and no hope for the future. The housing emergency is ruining lives. We want to work to make sure these findings are heard and acted upon.

Published: May 2021

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: North West Factsheet

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: West Midlands Factsheet

At Shelter, we know that the housing emergency is tearing lives apart. In every city, in every town, in every village, every single day, people are living without safe, secure or stable homes. Today we have launched a new report that shows the scale of the national housing emergency. Built upon a comprehensive survey of 13,000 people throughout the UK, it looks at just how many people are trapped in the housing emergency and the different ways it affects their lives. This is a summary of the report for the West Midlands region, which we hope you find useful. New-born babies are breathing in toxic mould from unfit houses. Younger people are struggling to make ends meet in dangerous flats. People are denied a place to rent simply because they’re gay, disabled or Black. And there are many others who’ve been forced to sleep on the streets – with no place to go to, no one to turn to and no hope for the future. The housing emergency is ruining lives. We want to work to make sure these findings are heard and acted upon.

Published: May 2021

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: West Midlands Factsheet

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: London Factsheet

At Shelter, we know that the housing emergency is tearing lives apart. In every city, in every town, in every village, every single day, people are living without safe, secure or stable homes. Today we have launched a new report that shows the scale of the national housing emergency. Built upon a comprehensive survey of 13,000 people throughout the UK, it looks at just how many people are trapped in the housing emergency and the different ways it affects their lives. This is a summary of the report for the London region, which we hope you find useful. New-born babies are breathing in toxic mould from unfit houses. Younger people are struggling to make ends meet in dangerous flats. People are denied a place to rent simply because they’re gay, disabled or Black. And there are many others who’ve been forced to sleep on the streets – with no place to go to, no one to turn to and no hope for the future. The housing emergency is ruining lives. We want to work to make sure these findings are heard and acted upon.

Published: May 2021

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: London Factsheet

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: East Midlands Factsheet

At Shelter, we know that the housing emergency is tearing lives apart. In every city, in every town, in every village, every single day, people are living without safe, secure or stable homes. Today we have launched a new report that shows the scale of the national housing emergency. Built upon a comprehensive survey of 13,000 people throughout the UK, it looks at just how many people are trapped in the housing emergency and the different ways it affects their lives. This is a summary of the report for the East Midlands region, which we hope you find useful.

Published: May 2021

Denied The Right To A Safe Home: East Midlands Factsheet

Denied the Right to a Safe Home - Report

17.5 million people are denied the right to a safe home. Shelter's new research exposes the extent of the housing emergency, showing how many people are forced to live in unaffordable, unfit, unsecure homes or who are discriminated against in our housing system. It's time for change. It's time to Fight for Home.

Published: May 2021

Denied the Right to a Safe Home - Report

Universal Credit Alert Briefing

Shelter has analysed the latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on Universal Credit and Housing Benefit, to February 2021. The new figures show that the number of households claiming housing support has continued to rise and now stands at almost 5,000,000.

Published: May 2021

Universal Credit Alert Briefing

Briefing: Queen's Speech debate on affordable and safe housing for all

The Queen's Speech was a major opportunity for the government to detail its plans to tackle the housing emergency as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were promising commitments on renters’ rights with the government recommitting to the Renters’ Reform Bill, there was unfortunately little detail on how its planning system reforms will deliver social housing on the scale we desperately need.

Published: May 2021

Briefing: Queen's Speech debate on affordable and safe housing for all