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: Held-back households

Applicable to: 
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 

Response: TSA consultation on social housing framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2012

Under the TSA's proposed revised framework, we are concerned that tenants who take issue with their landlords' tenancy policies, or wish to challenge breaches of landlord policies or the consumer standards, will have very limited individual means of redress. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Immediate costs to government of losing a home

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2012

This Research Briefing provides a tool for estimating the costs incurred by government when somebody loses their home. Read summary and download 

Welfare Reform Bill Clause 94 Briefing

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Published:  January 2012

We support the principle of a Universal Credit and recognise the need for reform of the benefit system. However, clause 94 of the Welfare Reform Bill, which introduces a new cap on the maximum amount of benefits households can claim, undermines many of the principles of the proposed Universal Credit. Read summary and download 

Response - ONS Proposed domains and headline indicators for measuring national well-being

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2012

When the Office of National statistics launched its national debate on measuring well-being on 26 November 2011, Shelter responded by setting out the rationale for the inclusion of housing indicators in a measure of national well-being. We still believe this is the case. Read summary and download 

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