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: Starter Homes for First Time Buyers

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2015

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consultation on 'Starter Homes'. At Shelter we are in contact with millions of people every year through our front-line advice services, help-line and website who need our specialist housing advice and support. We are hearing more and more from people are struggling with the cost and availability of homes in their local area. That's why we are campaigning for all political parties to commit to building the homes we need to address our massive housing shortage, which has built up under successive governments. Read summary and download 

Report: A home of their own

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2015

Buying their own home is an aspiration that many young people hope to fulfil one day. It is a milestone for many people that they hope will provide security for their future. However, the failure of successive governments to build enough affordable homes for decades and rising house prices has meant that home ownership has become a dream rather than a reality for a lot of young people. This has resulted with them either living back with their parents or spending many years in the expensive and unstable private rented sector. Read summary and download 

Report: Down the Line

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2015

Shelter commissioned leading research agency TNS BMRB to explore the needs of those facing housing problems and the role that face to face, telephone and online can play in housing advice journeys. The research demonstrates that face to face and helpline services are vital for those with severe housing problems, but that digital also has a role to play in the future of housing advice. Read summary and download 

Response: Right to Build consultation

Applicable to: 
Published:  December 2014

Shelter response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Right to Build: supporting custom build and self build Read summary and download 

Understanding Landlord Business Models

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2014

Shelter commissioned the University of Cambridge to analyse landlords’ business models to better understand what motivates landlords to invest in and improve property conditions in the private rented sector. The analysis was based on telephone interviews with a purposive sample of 225 landlords. BDRC Continental carried out the survey of landlords. Read summary and download 

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