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: 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 

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 

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 

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 

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