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 - Worklessness and social housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

The Hills Review of social housing found that nearly one-third of the nine million people not in work in England were resident in the social rented sector. This briefing looks at the reasons behind this high rate of worklessness, considers government initiatives to combat such worklessness, and puts forward options for reform. Read summary and download 

Housing First - a Good Practice Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

The housing first model was developed in the United States and has demonstrated high degrees of success in both housing and supporting those who are chronically street homeless with multiple and complex needs. It is founded on the principle of housing being a basic human right and provides permanent accommodation for people straight from the street. The model has no preconditions of addressing wider social care and support needs. Read summary and download 

Response - Amendments to the Rent Officers Order 1997

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the DWP consultation on amending the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Order 1997 and the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Order 1997. Our response is divided into two sections: the first addresses our wider concerns about broad rental market areas (BRMAs) and localities, and the impact these have on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Local Reference Rates (LRR); and the second outlines Shelter’s specific comments on the amendments put forward to the Rent Officers Order. Read summary and download 

Homes for the Future - A new analysis of housing need and demand in England

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

England is facing a severe shortage of affordable homes, a problem that lies at the heart of the country’s housing crisis. As the population increases, this shortage will only get worse, unless we can increase the delivery of affordable homes. Shelter’s new research shows that to meet newly arising need and demand, we must build a greater proportion of social rented and intermediate homes than currently envisaged. Erratum: amendments made to the data in the regional map (inside front cover) and Table 5 (page 14), February 2009. Read summary and download 

No place like home? Policy discussion paper

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

This is Shelter's new policy discussion paper considering the various topical issues surrounding the debate on housing and migration. Immigration is a subject which receives a great deal of policy, political and media attention. Questions about who comes, where they come from, and how long they stay for are at the heart of an ongoing debate. Beyond the discourse on numbers, however, is a much more fundamental question: if immigration is here to stay - and labour market economics, as well as EU rules, say that it is - how do we manage the housing and other support needs of migrants while they are here? Read summary and download 

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