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: Consultation on the future shape of the English Housing Survey

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

The English Housing Survey, commissioned by DCLG, is the country's key annual survey of housing tenure and conditions. Proposals have been made for reducing the cost of the survey, including moving to biannual data collection. Read summary and download 

Garden Cities; Wolfson Finalists Report

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

Despite widespread agreement that new garden cities could help address the housing shortage, there has been little progress in identifying actual locations for them, or the mechanisms for getting them built. Read summary and download 

Polling: Election 2015 Priorities

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2015

A survey of 1,600+ people on the values and policies influencing their vote in general elections. The results show ‘whether a party is on the side of people like me and my family’ to be a key factor in influencing their vote, within which housing plays a key role. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Housing in the marginals 2015

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2015

This paper examines the extent to which housing affordability is affecting political battlegrounds at the next election. The data we look at for each political battleground covers tenure change, home ownership affordability, private rents and availability of social housing. Read summary and download 

Report: the flyers and the triers

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Published:  March 2015

Every day at Shelter, we see the financial, social and emotional strain of our desperate shortage of affordable homes. From people struggling to make ends meet, to those whose hopes for a home of their own are thwarted, people’s choice is being restricted by our lack of homes. Buying a home is an aspiration for many people in England because of the long-term security they perceive in it. However, this dream is becoming increasingly out of reach for many, particularly when compared to previous generations. This has created a divide between those who have been able to buy a home of their own at an early stage, compared to those who have to struggle for longer. Read summary and download 

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