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: Populus policy testing

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2014

An overview of results from some opinion polling Populus have conducted on various housebuilding policy options. Read summary and download 

Report: How much of the housing market is affordable?

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

The shape of the housing market is changing fundamentally. After decades of growth, the proportion of people who own their homes is falling. The social sector is shrinking too, with the private rented sector expanding to take up the slack. These changes are not happening through the choice of the people affected – homeownership remains the ideal for many – if not most – people, and few would choose the private rented sector as a place to settle and bring up children. Read summary and download 

Report: Home Improvement

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

This report has been produced in partnership with Electrical Safety First, with the support of British Gas. Both Shelter and Electrical Safety First see an increasing urgency to tackle the issue of poor electrical safety in private rented homes. Our combined frontline experience has shown that this problem is getting worse. Private rented housing makes up a disproportionate share of the problems Shelter’s advisers deal with every day.Too often, renters struggle with unsafe, unstable homes. Electrical Safety First, have seen in particular an unacceptable increase in the number of complaints relating to poor electrical safety in rented homes. This is especially concerning given the dangerous nature of electrical hazards. They can lead to serious injury and death. Read summary and download 

Report: Winning support for the safety net

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

From promises of “closing down the something for nothing society,” to vows to “think the unthinkable” and more recent pledges to “make work pay”, successive governments have been exercised by the idea of welfare reform. This desire for reform has occurred symbiotically with a steady decline in public confidence in the current welfare state. Debate has intensified in recent years, with markedly more negative rhetoric and wide-ranging cuts to the housing safety net. Read summary and download 

Response: Wolfson Economic Prize

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

The second annual Wolfson Economics Prize, launched on 14th November 2013, will be awarded to the entrant who offers the best answer to the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?”. Shelter has been shortlisted as a finalist for the competition and our full submission can be downloaded from this page. Shelter entered the Prize to show that it is possible to build a new garden city that will provide genuinely affordable, good quality homes, and also benefit the local community. Too often, building the homes we need seems like an impossible task. Our entry shows that it isn’t. Read summary and download 

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