Gaps in the housing safety net

Donald Houston, Darja Reuschke, Albert Sabater, Keith Maynard, Norman Stewart

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Low pay, high house prices and a small rental sector mean that the housing market in the UK has many inherent risks. Few households have enough savings to cover their housing costs for more than a month if they lost their job. Growing numbers of households rely on the safety net to prevent them becoming homeless if they fall on tough times. Successive governments have made changes to the housing safety net so that it now provides less support to fewer people.

Mindful of these trends, Shelter commissioned the University of St Andrews to assess the gaps in the UK’s current housing safety net. The research estimates the number of households falling through the net or at risk of falling through, the characteristics of those at risk and the main risk factors leading people to fall through the net.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Commissioning bodyShelter
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


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