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 help is Help to Buy?

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2015

Drawing on official statistics and analysis, this research finds that Help to Buy has added around £8,250 to the average house price. In other words, it has helped a small number of people to buy, at the expense of worsening the overall affordability crisis for everyone else. Read summary and download 

Report: the forced council home sell-off

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Published:  September 2015

This report sets out what the direct and indirect impact of the government's proposal to force council to sell their low rent homes in high value areas will be. It makes recommendations to scrap the policy. Read summary and download 

Consultation Response: Work and Pension Committee Inquiry on Benefit Delivery

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2015

The following response was issued to the Work and Pensions Committee as part of their inquiry into benefit delivery. Read summary and download 

Research: Starter Homes- will they be affordable?

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2015

This report analyses the affordability of Starter Homes for three typical household types on various salaries across local authorities in England. Read summary and download 

Analysis: Who will be hit if the benefit cap is lowered?

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Published:  August 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill contains a proposal to reduce the benefit cap. Under these proposals the cap will be lowered to just £20,000 for families outside of London and to £23,000 a year for families in London. We analysed the impact of these changes. Read summary and download 

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