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

Polling: Election 2015 Priorities

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

A survey of 1,600+ people on the values and policies influencing their vote in general elections. The results show ‘whether a party is on the side of people like me and my family’ to be a key factor in influencing their vote, within which housing plays a key role. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Housing in the marginals 2015

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2015

This paper examines the extent to which housing affordability is affecting political battlegrounds at the next election. The data we look at for each political battleground covers tenure change, home ownership affordability, private rents and availability of social housing. Read summary and download 

Report: the flyers and the triers

Applicable to: 
Published:  March 2015

Every day at Shelter, we see the financial, social and emotional strain of our desperate shortage of affordable homes. From people struggling to make ends meet, to those whose hopes for a home of their own are thwarted, people’s choice is being restricted by our lack of homes. Buying a home is an aspiration for many people in England because of the long-term security they perceive in it. However, this dream is becoming increasingly out of reach for many, particularly when compared to previous generations. This has created a divide between those who have been able to buy a home of their own at an early stage, compared to those who have to struggle for longer. Read summary and download 

Report: Engaging the silent majority

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2015

This new research is primarily a tool to help get the housing we so desperately need built. It provides detailed insight into the opinions and activity levels of a wide range of demographic groups, including the ACORN geodemographic classification. It also reveals the main reasons behind these opinions, and the factors that would motivate people to be more supportive of homes being built in their local area. Read summary and download 

Report: Affordability for first time buyers

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2015

It is now widely accepted that we have a desperate housing shortage in England. Each year, we build at least 100,000 fewer homes than we need and the extent of the housing shortage only increases. With this shortage has come very high house prices, making it difficult – and sometimes impossible – for first time buyers to become home owners. This research demonstrates how affordability for first time buyers has changed over the decades from 1969 through to 2013, how first time buyers have paid for the rise in house prices, and how this has changed first time buyers themselves. Read summary and download 

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