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: Supply of Homes and Affordable Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2017

For a generation we have failed to build enough homes, and particularly enough affordable homes. This failure is at the heart of all the housing problems we see from falling home ownership and rapidly rising rents to homelessness. To solve this we cannot continue to rely on our current speculative housebuilding model, which simply can't deliver. Instead we need to embrace the ideas of New Civic Housebuilding, which will allow us to rediscover the English tradition of building beautiful and affordable homes. Read summary and download 

Briefing: parliamentary debate on Grenfell Tower inquiry

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Published:  July 2017

This briefing was prepared ahead of the first parliamentary debate on the public inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire. It includes out view on what the scope of the public inquiry should be and the priorities for national government if they are to re-establish trust with the local community. Read summary and download 

Research: The impact of housing problems on mental health

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Published:  July 2017

Shelter in partnership with the research agency, ComRes, explored the relationship between housing and mental health through a two-stage research project in early 2017. This involved 20 qualitative interviews with GPs and a quantitative survey of 3,500 English adults. Read summary and download 

Research: 'Phantom Homes' - Planning Permissions, Completions and Profits

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Published:  July 2017

Shelter released new research on the topic of planning and housing development on Friday the 7th July 2017. This research briefing provides an overview of the key findings and method, when examining developer profits, planning permissions and completions between 2011 and 2016. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Benefit Cap adjournment debate

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2017

On 22nd June, the High Court ruled that the revised benefit cap was unlawful, in so far as it applied to lone parents with children under the age of two. The cap of £20,000, or £23,000 in London, is imposed on the benefits received by those not working at least 16 hours a week (24 if a couple). The case was brought on behalf of four lone parents who claimed the new lowered cap discriminates against the most vulnerable in society, who frequently struggle to pay for child care or have zero-hours contracts and cannot control whether they reach the required number of weekly hours to be exempt from the cap. Lone parents with children under two do not qualify for free childcare and so find it very difficult, often impossible, to work the minimum 16 hours a week required to evade the cap and also find adequate, affordable childcare. Read summary and download 

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