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

Impact of welfare reform changes in London

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

Shelter commissioned NPI and GFK to conduct two separate studies into the impact of welfare reform changes in London. This research was funded by Trust for London. GFK conducted a longitudinal study following sixteen families privately renting in London, who are in receipt of housing benefit. The study looks at what impact national policy changes are having on these families household income. The NPI study examined what impact changes to local housing allowance (LHA) are having on households in London, given the context of higher housing costs in the capital. The study looked at the impact of the changes on disposable income, work incentives and spending on housing benefit. Read summary and download 

Lessons from the Scottish lettings market

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

In late 2013 Shelter commissioned independent research to assess the impact of the 2012 clarification of the ban on letting agent fees to renters in Scotland. The lessons are important for current debates in England, where there are growing calls for an end to letting fees to renters. Read summary and download 

Eviction and Repossession Hotspots - 2013/14 Data

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2014

This paper presents the latest information on the scale of possession claims issued across England. Read summary and download 

Response - Rent arrears deductions

Applicable to: 
Published:  April 2014

We recognise that tenants must pay rent fully and on time: timely rent payments and effective rent repayment measures reassure landlords of reliable income streams and help maintain tenancies. However, the DWP proposal to directly deduct 40% from core benefits when a household enters arrears amounts to a punitive and unsustainable squeeze on household finances which we do not support. Read summary and download 

Report: Building the homes we need

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2014

This report is the result of a year-long joint project by KPMG in the UK and Shelter to contribute to the crucial national debate on the housing shortage. In october 2013 we published an interim report which summarised our findings from a series of roundtables in the West Midlands, and several other subsequent roundtable discussions. We have now supplemented our findings from the West Midlands with expert input from the Uk and abroad, and with a series of commissioned technical research reports led by Capital Economics, Europe Economics and IPPR, to develop a comprehensive package of solutions to the housing shortage. Read summary and download 

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