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

Briefing: Design of New Build Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2017

Briefing for a Westminster Hall Debate on the 'Design of New Build Homes' on 5th September 2017 Read summary and download 

Briefing: Support of last resort

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2017

The safety net that local welfare schemes provide is stretched to breaking point. For families who are homeless, or facing homelessness, this support is vital to making a new start. Ideas of what makes a 'home' can be severely tested if families are forced to go without basic household goods like a cooker, fridge, carpets or curtains. This briefing looks at alternative ways to support families so that a financial crisis does not become a disaster. Read summary and download 

Research: Landlord portfolio management, past and future

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Published:  July 2017

This research by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and funded by Shelter, explores how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock, how landlords manage their businesses, how this might affect tenants and how this might change in the future. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Supply of Homes and Affordable Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2017

For a generation we have failed to build enough homes, and particularly enough affordable homes. This failure is at the heart of all the housing problems we see from falling home ownership and rapidly rising rents to homelessness. To solve this we cannot continue to rely on our current speculative housebuilding model, which simply can't deliver. Instead we need to embrace the ideas of New Civic Housebuilding, which will allow us to rediscover the English tradition of building beautiful and affordable homes. Read summary and download 

Briefing: parliamentary debate on Grenfell Tower inquiry

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Published:  July 2017

This briefing was prepared ahead of the first parliamentary debate on the public inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire. It includes out view on what the scope of the public inquiry should be and the priorities for national government if they are to re-establish trust with the local community. Read summary and download 

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