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: Support for First Time Buyers

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2013

NatCen Social Research undertook research on behalf of Shelter to estimate the financial contribution made by parents of firsttime buyers to help fund deposits and enable their children to get on the housing ladder. We estimate that approximately £2bn per year has been given or loaned by parents in this way since 2005. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Solutions for the Housing Shortage

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2013

This paper examines the measures that could be taken to increase housing supply in the short to medium term – through immediately available policy levers and through more substantial reforms. It argues that neither the current housing market and supply chain, nor the current range of announced policy interventions, are capable of stimulating economic growth or delivering homes on the scale needed to meet current demand – let alone the backlog built up by decades of under supply. It looks at the range of alternative actions available and the balance of choices policy makers face. Read summary and download 

Report: A Home of Their Own

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2013

The prospect of owning a home is slipping away from young people across the country. Our new report looks at the average time it takes for First Time Buyers – couples, couples with children and single people – to save up the deposit on a home of their own. Read summary and download 

Report: Letting Agencies: the price you pay

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2013

Shelter is concerned by the increasing number of renters we see affected by poor service and high fees in the lettings market. Our policy report outlines reforms to improve standards and tackle the unpredictable costs associated with using a letting agency. Read summary and download 

Response: Transforming Legal Aid

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2013

Shelter is extremely concerned about the effect of further cuts to legal aid on the most vulnerable people that we see. These proposals will take away a major part of the safety net that stands between families and the street and we urge the government not to proceed with them. Read summary and download 

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