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

Method note: What could be the impact of freezing local housing allowance for four years

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2015

The emergency budget announced that working age benefits - including Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates - will be frozen at 2015/16 levels until April 2020. We estimated the impact of this on a small family renting one the cheapest two bedroom homes in their area, across England. Read summary and download 

Response: London Housing Commission

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2015

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)'s London Housing Commission, in advance of the 2016 London Mayoral elections. Read summary and download 

Response: Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into the local welfare safety net

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2015

Recent changes to mainstream social security have increased pressure on local authorities to provide a basic local safety net. This response raises concern about the effectiveness of local welfare safety nets, and makes recommendations for improvement. Read summary and download 

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 

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