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: A home of their own

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2015

Buying their own home is an aspiration that many young people hope to fulfil one day. It is a milestone for many people that they hope will provide security for their future. However, the failure of successive governments to build enough affordable homes for decades and rising house prices has meant that home ownership has become a dream rather than a reality for a lot of young people. This has resulted with them either living back with their parents or spending many years in the expensive and unstable private rented sector. Read summary and download 

Report: Down the Line

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2015

Shelter commissioned leading research agency TNS BMRB to explore the needs of those facing housing problems and the role that face to face, telephone and online can play in housing advice journeys. The research demonstrates that face to face and helpline services are vital for those with severe housing problems, but that digital also has a role to play in the future of housing advice. Read summary and download 

Response: Right to Build consultation

Applicable to: 
Published:  December 2014

Shelter response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Right to Build: supporting custom build and self build Read summary and download 

Understanding Landlord Business Models

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2014

Shelter commissioned the University of Cambridge to analyse landlords’ business models to better understand what motivates landlords to invest in and improve property conditions in the private rented sector. The analysis was based on telephone interviews with a purposive sample of 225 landlords. BDRC Continental carried out the survey of landlords. Read summary and download 

Report: Safe and Decent Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2014

This report sets out the extent of poor conditions in the private rented sector and puts forward solutions to drive up standards and ensure everyone can access a decent, affordable, secure private rented home. Read summary and download 

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