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

Report: Growing Cities

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2015

England has successful cities with booming labour markets, growing populations and new businesses. However, too often these same cities are failing to build enough new homes to accommodate their success. Unless we devolve powers and budgets to our cities, young workers and families will be priced out. There is a better approach. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Offering Temporary Accommodation Out of Area

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2015

The following briefing document is intended to summarise the recent Supreme Court ruling (2nd April 2015) on out of area temporary accommodation (Nzolameso vs Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 22), and to outline implications for local and central government policy. Read summary and download 

Policy brief: Affordable Homes Programme

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Published:  June 2015

A briefing note underlying the importance of the Affordable Homes Programme, and why should be protected and boosted in the upcoming Budget and Spending Review. Read summary and download 

Response: Compulsory Purchase

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2015

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and HM Treasury (HMT) consultation on 'improvements to compulsory purchase processes'. Read summary and download 

Cuts and Changes to Housing Benefit for Private Renters (LHA)

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Published:  May 2015

Low-income households renting privately can access support known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to help pay the rent. This briefing summarises the impact of cuts and changes to LHA introduced from 2011. Read summary and download 

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