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

Shelter Briefing: The availability and affordability of housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2017

At the heart of every problem Shelter sees is the lack of affordable homes available - whether to rent or buy. This briefing looks at some of the ways that this issue can be addressed, and that we can find a way to ensure everyone has a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Westminster Hall Debate on Supported Housing

Applicable to: 
Published:  October 2017

This Shelter briefing provides information about our view of the proposed changes, what our concerns are and parliamentary questions that could be asked during the debate. Read summary and download 

Fair Rent Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2017

This report sets out the need to accept current realities and provide a better offer for hard-pressed renters. The market is currently failing drastically to meet their needs and there is a need for a sub-market alternative that responds to affordability pressures and the understandable urge for security. It makes the case for a new generation of homes at Fair Rents, priced at levels that people on lower incomes can actually afford and with rents that are linked to incomes and not a broken housing market. Longer tenancies would recognise people‚Äôs need for stability and provide breathing space during which households could save towards a deposit. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Ending the freeze to Local Housing Allowance

Applicable to: 
Published:  October 2017

Shelter briefing on why ending the freeze to Local Housing Allowance rates has become vital for nearly a million low-income households. Read summary and download 

Submission: Autumn Budget

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2017

In Shelter's representation to the 2017 Autumn Budget, we make three key policy recommendations: to re-align Local Housing Allowance rates with the 30th percentile of local rents; to honour the commitment to reform Compulsory Purchase; and to follow through with proposed changes on viability to the National Planning Policy Framework. These recommendations come from insight gathered through our services, emerging evidence and research. Read summary and download 

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