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. In this section you can browse through the reports, factsheets, briefings and policy consultation responses that we produce.

All policy documents

Policy brief: Affordable Homes Programme

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Published:  June 2015

A briefing note underlying the importance of the Affordable Homes Programme, and why should be protected and boosted in the upcoming Budget and Spending Review. Read summary and download 

Response: Compulsory Purchase

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2015

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and HM Treasury (HMT) consultation on 'improvements to compulsory purchase processes'. Read summary and download 

Cuts and Changes to Housing Benefit for Private Renters (LHA)

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Published:  May 2015

Low-income households renting privately can access support known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to help pay the rent. This briefing summarises the impact of cuts and changes to LHA introduced from 2011. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Housing Programme for HM Government 2015-2020

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2015

The housing crisis has been decades in the making, but with strong leadership it can be solved by the next government. This briefing provides an overview of the urgent steps the government needs to take to boost supply, improve renting and protect our safety net. Read summary and download 

Research: How much of the housing market is affordable?

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

Buying a home is an aspiration for many young people but it is increasingly feeling out of reach for many. At the moment in England, buying a home is perceived as one of the most secure ways of having a home. However, the failure of successive governments to build enough affordable homes for decades and rising house prices has meant that home ownership has become a dream rather than a reality for a lot of young people. This has resulted with them either living back with their parents or spending many years in the expensive and unstable private rented sector. Read summary and download 

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