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

Analysis: Who will be hit if the benefit cap is lowered?

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Published:  August 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill contains a proposal to reduce the benefit cap. Under these proposals the cap will be lowered to just £20,000 for families outside of London and to £23,000 a year for families in London. We analysed the impact of these changes. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Welfare Reform & Work Bill

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2015

This Parliamentary briefing outlines areas of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill where Shelter has key concerns. The briefing has been produced ahead of Second Reading in the House of Commons on July 21 2015. Read summary and download 

Making renting fit for families: the impact of different forms of rent regulation

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Published:  July 2015

The Shelter briefing sets out a brief summary of the research and states Shelter's reaction to it. The full research is available in the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning report. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Missed opportunity - Changes to public investment in housing In

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Published:  July 2015

This briefing estimates how many additional homes could have been built over the past 33 years if government investment in housing (as a share of government revenue) remained at the same level as it did in 1980-81. Read summary and download 

Report: Growing Cities

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2015

England has successful cities with booming labour markets, growing populations and new businesses. However, too often these same cities are failing to build enough new homes to accommodate their success. Unless we devolve powers and budgets to our cities, young workers and families will be priced out. There is a better approach. Read summary and download 

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