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.

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

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

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

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

Briefing: Support for homelessness during the winter months

The government has introduced welcome interventions to protect people sleeping rough and those at the sharpest end of the housing emergency against the impact of COVID-19. However, despite the measures in place, people have fallen through the gaps in support.

Published: December 2020

Briefing: Support for homelessness during the winter months

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

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