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: The case for greater land market transparency

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2016

The lack of transparency in the land market is a serious barrier to building more homes in England. Shelter is calling on the Government to open up all land data held by the public sector, to let innovation flourish, allow the market to work more efficiently, and get more homes built. Read summary and download 

Briefing: The Living Home Standard

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Published:  November 2016

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Letter: Opening up the Land Registry

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2016

Joint letter from a coalition of organisations to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy calling for the opening up of the Land Registry. Read summary and download 

Research: Desperate to Escape - the experiences of homeless families in emergency accommodation

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Published:  November 2016

Fifty years since Shelter was first founded, the country is once again in the grip of a housing crisis, with a new family becoming homeless every 10 minutes. In this report homeless parents tell us what it’s like to live in emergency accommodation: how it affects their day-to-day life, and the impact it is having on them and their children. Read summary and download 

Research Note: How affordable are rents for NLW families?

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2016

This analysis shows that for a family with one full-time and one part-time worker in jobs paid at the National Living Wage, 'Affordable Rent' would not be affordable in almost half of local authorities in England. A better product is the living rent outlined in Renewal's 'Homes for All' report, which would be affordable in all but 13% of local authorities. Read summary and download 

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