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

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 

How will changes to Local Housing Allowance affect low-income tenants in private rented housing?

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2010

In its first budget of June 2010, the new UK government announced changes to Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which are welfare payments that help tenants with low incomes pay their rent. This research examines the effects of the changes on around one million tenants in private rented housing in Britain whose housing is supported by LHA. Read summary and download 

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 

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 

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