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: 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 

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 

Response - Law Society Access to Justice Review

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2010

As a national provider of social welfare law, we are only too aware of the issues in legal aid at present. The announcement of the Ministry of Justice’s 'fundamental look' at legal aid, following on from the Magee Review, makes this a timely contribution to the debate over the future of access to justice and publicly funded legal services. 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 

The forgotten households - Is intermediate housing meeting affordable housing needs?

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2010

In this policy discussion paper we look at the intermediate housing market. Intermediate housing products have grown dramatically in scale and profile since 2005 as part of a drive towards increasing home ownership among those who cannot afford to buy a home outright. The intermediate market aims to bridge the gap between renting and owning, and over the past five years, it has taken up a huge amount of state subsidy and political rhetoric. Read summary and download 

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