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

Report: Achieving the Ambition

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2016

The new government has reaffirmed its ambition to build one million new homes in England this Parliament. This commitment is welcome and Shelter wants to be part of making it happen. Read summary and download 

Changes to homelessness law and practice in Scotland, Wales and England

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Published:  June 2016

Analysis of recent changes to homeless law and practice in Scotland and Wales, and implications for England. Read summary and download 

Report: Renters put at risk

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2016

New analysis of government court statistics exploring the number of rented households put at risk of eviction in England over the past year at a local, regional and national level. Read summary and download 

Preventing Homelessness

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Published:  June 2016

This paper looks at the current context that housing options operate in, the supply and legislative challenges, and calls for a renewed focus on strategic and targeted approaches to preventing homelessness. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Home and Away: The rise in homeless families moved away from their local area

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2016

The briefing examines the recent rise in the number of homeless households being placed in temporary accommodation outside of their home area It looks at what is driving its rise; the impact of this on households and on local authorities; the policies and practice that are governing its use; and finally, areas where changes are needed. The research focuses on what is happening in London, with lessons for other areas of England. Read summary and download 

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