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: The case for enabling acquiring authorities to purchase land for strategic development under a special CPO compensation code

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2017

Shelter briefing making the case for a special CPO compensation code to apply to land identified for strategic infrastructure and housing developments. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Living Rent Homes

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Published:  May 2017

The next government should commit to an ambitious target of building half a million living rent homes over the next parliament. This would meet the needs of a large proportion of private renters who are unable to afford shared ownership and unlikely to secure a social tenancy. Read summary and download 

Understanding Attitudes to Welfare: Summary of Evidence

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Published:  March 2017

Two reports setting out how attitudes to welfare provision have changed over the last seventy years, what underpins attitudes to welfare in England and some of the ways that we can successfully build support for the safety net we need. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Removal of housing benefit for 18-21s

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Published:  March 2017

From 1 April 2017, most single 18 to 21-year-olds will no longer be able to claim the housing benefit element of Universal Credit. This briefing explains who will be affected by the measure and why this policy will be damaging for young people. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Local Housing Allowance freeze

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Published:  March 2017

Local Housing Allowance has been frozen for four years from April 2016. This piece of analysis identifies the shortfalls in housing benefit experienced by households living in the private rented sector in England. Read summary and download 

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