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 - Local Housing Allowance and larger properties

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2009

Shelter does not agree with the proposal to cap Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates at the five bedroom rate for all new customers with effect from 6 April 2009. Read summary and download 

Research Briefing: A Postcode Lottery?

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2009

Shelter is undertaking a study throughout 2009 to monitor the implementation of the local housing allowance (LHA) scheme. This briefing – the first in a series documenting the findings of the study – reveals wide variations in the affordability of private rented housing for LHA claimants. Read summary and download 

Housing Tenure Factsheet

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2009

Housing tenure describes the legal status under which people have the right to occupy their accommodation. The most common forms of tenure are home-ownership (including homes owned outright and mortgaged) and renting (including social rented housing and private rented housing). Read summary and download 

Building blocks - Exploring ways to deliver more affordable homes in the housing downturn

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

This Shelter Regional Campaigns discussion paper explores ideas for delivering affordable housing during the housing market downturn. Read summary and download 

A long way from home: mental distress and long-term homelessness - a Good Practice Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

The prevalence of mental health needs among those experiencing homelessness and the difficulties they face when attempting to access mainstream mental health services are well documented. Shelter’s research shows that people with mental health problems are at a greater risk of experiencing long-term, damaging homelessness. This continues to occur despite recent changes in policy and the introduction of high-profile reports and practice guidelines. Read summary and download 

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