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

Private rent watch report 2 - London Rent Watch

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

The second report in a series using official statistics on the private rental market, this time examining inflation and affordability in the capital. Read summary and download 

Response: Support for Mortgage Interest consultation

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Published:  February 2012

Support for mortgage interest (SMI) provides a lifeline to nearly quarter of a million people who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage costs. SMI claimants include vulnerable and low income homeowners, unable to make ends meet in old age or due to job loss, disability, or the cost of caring or lone-parenting. This is a vital safety net that helps to prevent homelessness. It is also extremely cost effective, with the average weekly payment to recipients just £30. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Legal Aid Bill amendments

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Published:  February 2012

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will impose devastating cuts on legal aid funding for specialist advice that helps people to solve their housing problems. Cuts to legal aid for housing issues will take 52,000 cases per year – about 40% of all housing work - out of scope, making an annual saving of £10m in the short term but increasing costs to the taxpayer down the line and denying access to justice for the most vulnerable in our society. Read summary and download 

Response: Right to Buy consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2012

There is huge demand for social housing across England. With over 1.8 million households on council waiting lists, homelessness acceptances rising and insufficient numbers of new homes being built, the government must consider how to achieve value for money from housing and find ways to leverage more funding into new supply. The government has also expressed the view that social housing is a 'precious resource' that councils must make the best use of. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Held-back households

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Published:  February 2012

More and more people from all walks of life are finding that their housing is unaffordable and that their housing choices are constrained, impacting negatively on other aspects of their lives. This briefing outlines the housing problems that confront families who are held-back by the housing system, and sets out why it is so vital that policy makers recognise the needs of this group and begin to tackle the root causes of their housing problems. Read summary and download 

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