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: Backbench Business Debate on Roll-out of Universal Credit

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Published:  November 2017

This briefing was prepared ahead of a Backbench Business Debate on the roll-out of Universal Credit. Read summary and download 

Report: Far From Alone

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Published:  November 2017

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Briefing: Backbench Business Debate on Temporary Accommodation

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Published:  November 2017

Shelter Briefing reviewing current TA usage trends. Read summary and download 

Briefing: "It's a personal thing" What service users need from assessments and personalised housing plans - Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2017

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is due to come into force in April 2018. If implemented correctly it should transform the services provided to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. At the heart of the legislation are new duties to assess all eligible applicants’ cases and agree a personalised plan. Supported by the Longleigh Foundation, we took advice from an Expert Panel of our service users, who guided and supported this work. This briefing contains their recommendations to local housing authorities on how to implement these new duties and the DCLG on the Statutory Code of Guidance for local authorities. Read summary and download 

Report: Slipping through the loophole: How viability assessments are reducing affordable housing supply in England

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2017

Shelter's new research reveals thousands of affordable homes are being lost from England's cities every year because of viability assessments. This policy report explains how and why this is happening, and gives Shelter's recommendations for shutting down the viability loophole through national planning guidance. Read summary and download 

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