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

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 

Slipping through the safety net

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

Shelter is concerned that removing young people’s access to housing benefit will lead to an increase in youth homelessness. Read summary and download 

Response: Consultation on the future shape of the English Housing Survey

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

The English Housing Survey, commissioned by DCLG, is the country's key annual survey of housing tenure and conditions. Proposals have been made for reducing the cost of the survey, including moving to biannual data collection. Read summary and download 

Garden Cities; Wolfson Finalists Report

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

Despite widespread agreement that new garden cities could help address the housing shortage, there has been little progress in identifying actual locations for them, or the mechanisms for getting them built. Read summary and download 

Polling: Election 2015 Priorities

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

A survey of 1,600+ people on the values and policies influencing their vote in general elections. The results show ‘whether a party is on the side of people like me and my family’ to be a key factor in influencing their vote, within which housing plays a key role. Read summary and download 

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