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

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 

Consultation Response: Submission to Bach Commission on Access to Justice

Applicable to: 
Published:  May 2016

Shelter's submission to the Bach Commission on Access to Justice sets out our biggest concerns about the current state of access to justice and legal aid, and our practical solutions for ensuring people can find their way around the complex system. Read summary and download 

Higher Value council sell-off

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2016

A recent amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill gives the Secretary of State the power to demand that any council sell a yet to be defined proportion of their vacant stock. This analysis finds that in order to raise the £4.5bn per year needed - as calculated by the Conservatives - each local authority could be asked to raise an average of £26 million. Read summary and download 

Report: The Future of Housing and Home: Scenarios for 2030

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2016

This report looks at different drivers of change and how they might manifest themselves in our housing landscape in 15-20 years, through four different scenarios. Read summary and download 

City or Casino? The role of speculative investment in London's new build housing market

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2016

This briefing looks at the practice of 'flipping' - the buying and selling of homes before they are built - and its potential impact on the London new build housing market. Read summary and download 

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