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

A better fit? Creating housing choices for an ageing population

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2012

England’s population is ageing, and fast. By 2030 one in three people are projected to be aged 55 and over. Older people will be a diverse group, ranging from economically powerful ‘baby boomers’ to over-85s with high care and support needs. How will the housing market respond to this demographic change? Do we have the right kinds of accommodation for older people, in the right places? Read summary and download 

Briefing: Shifting Channels

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 term. This briefing explores one of the key issues facing the advice sector. Read summary and download 

Payment by results

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 term. This briefing explores one of the key issues facing the advice sector. Read summary and download 

Response: CLG allocations policy

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

The draft guidance will replace all the existing guidance on allocations and choice based lettings, including the existing 2002 Code (60 pages), the 2008 Code on choice based lettings (60 pages) and the further 2009 guidance (30 pages). Consequently, much of the detail, particularly detailed guidance on choice based lettings has been removed. With some exceptions, the draft guidance is little more that than a statement of the statute and provides very little assistance to local authorities on how policy and legislation is to be interpreted. Read summary and download 

Response: PRS investment review

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

Shelter supports the premise of the PRS Investment Review - increasing the supply of homes available for private renting is one way of improving standards and affordability in the sector, by potentially increasing competition and diversification in the market. However, it may take significant investment in new stock and improved management to have any bearing on landlord and tenant behaviour across the market. Read summary and download 

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