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

Response: Proposals arising from a cost review of the English Housing Survey

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2010

The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a major survey undertaken annually by CLG. Proposals have been made for reducing the cost of this survey, including reducing the sample size. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing: Housing advice

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2010

Shelter estimates that over 1.2m adults have problems with their rented housing and over half a million have a problem with homelessness. The housing system can be difficult to navigate alone. Most people with a housing problem will need some sort of information or advice. However, those most likely to have a problem are often the least able to pay for it. Publicly funded advice ensures that the poorest and most vulnerable can obtain advice on housing matters. Read summary and download 

Campaigns briefing: Housing and Reoffending

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2010

The prison population of England and Wales currently stands at more than 85,000, and the average cost of keeping an inmate in prison is around £45,000 a year. In such a challenging fiscal climate, it is vital that cost effective policies to cut reoffending rates are fully explored. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Review of Poverty and Life Chances

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2010

This briefing addresses two of the aims of the Review of Poverty and Life Chances chaired by the Rt Hon Frank Field MP: to examine the case for reforms to poverty measures and to explore how children’s home environment affects their life chances. Read summary and download 

Response - Council housing: a real future

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2010

Shelter supports the replacement of the current Housing Revenue Account subsidy system, which is no longer financially sustainable to any local council. We are therefore very pleased that the Coalition Government is committed to action to overhaul the system. Read summary and download 

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