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

The house price gap - Analysis of house prices and earnings

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2014

House prices have rapidly increased meaning homes are now extremely unaffordable. This report looks at the relationship between earnings and house prices to illustrate the extreme pace by which house prices have increased since 1997. Read summary and download 

Food for thought: applying house price inflation to household goods prices - 2014 edition

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2014

This paper looks at the inflation in house prices from 1971 to 2012 and applies it to the cost of everyday goods, in order to emphasise how out of control house prices are. Read summary and download 

Response - Homes for London: the London Housing Strategy

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2014

London’s housing shortage requires urgent action. Shelter believes the Mayor has chosen the right areas to focus on within the London Housing Strategy: building more homes in the capital than at any time since the 1930s is the only solution to many of the issues facing London. However within our response, we highlight concerns around the projected provision of genuinely affordable homes. This must be addressed if the Mayor is to cater adequately for the needs of Londoners. Read summary and download 

Obstacles and Opportunities

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2014

A brief and easy to understand overview of England's housing shortage, its symptoms and how to solve it. Read summary and download 

When the golden dust settles - housing in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets after the Olympics

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2014

This report explores the housing challenges that remain in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets after the 2012 Olympic Games. With a focus on private renting, building more homes, and the housing safety net, it makes a number of local recommendations applicable to these three Olympic Boroughs. Read summary and download 

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