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

Research: What salary will a typical first-time buyer need in 2020?

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2016

This research asks what, on average, a first-time buyer may have to earn annually in order to access a mortgage on a typical property by 2020 if prices rise in line with recent projections. It also explores what hope there is for wages to catch up by examining how local house prices have grown compared to local earnings over the last five years. Read summary and download 

Report: Making renting more affordable for more Londoners

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Published:  April 2016

In advance of the London elections in May 2016, we researched affordability in the city's private rented sector and made recommendations for policy change. This report sets out our findings and recommendations. Read summary and download 

Housing and Planning Bill - Report stage amendments

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2016

Report stage amendment briefings for Peers Read summary and download 

Anti-Lobbying Clause Response

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Published:  April 2016

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Research Report: Five years of renting

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2016

A simple analysis of the cost of renting average private rented homes across England. Read summary and download 

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