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 - Universal Credit and Housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2012

Universal Credit aims to simplify the benefit system by unifying a number of means-tested benefits. This will mean claimants only have to report personal information and changes in circumstances to one agency. Read summary and download 

Research report: England Repossession Risk Hotspots 2011/12

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2012

Shelter has conducted new research to create a national picture of England’s repossession hotspots. These hotspots are identified as areas with the highest proportion of private homes on which repossession claims have been issued by mortgage lenders. Read summary and download 

Bricks or benefits? Rebalancing housing investment

Applicable to: 
Published:  May 2012

Successive governments have moved to curb the rising cost of housing benefit by adjusting benefit entitlement and imposing additional restrictions on the regime, but these efforts have focused on treating the symptoms rather than the cause. The report sets out the argument for the long-sighted approach; investing in supply to bring down the housing benefit bill by reducing the cost of housing and lifting households out of the benefit trap. Read summary and download 

The Housing Report 2

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2012

The challenges thrown up by Britain’s broken housing market continue to blight the lives, andfrustrate the ambitions, of growing numbers of people. That is why housing continues to deserve amore prominent place on the political agenda. Read summary and download 

Policy briefings: The future of housing advice

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2012

Research shows that 1.1 million people a year aged over 16 in England and Wales experience some form of civil legal housing problem. Some people are more likely to experience a housing problem than others. The number of people with housing problems is likely to increase in the medium. These briefings explore the key issues facing the advice sector. Read summary and download 

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