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

The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Briefing

Applicable to: 
Published:  July 2014

Shelter's response to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Residence Test

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Published:  July 2014

This briefing is on the introduction of the Residence Test and our concerns about it's effects on homeless families. Read summary and download 

Research: Populus policy testing

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2014

An overview of results from some opinion polling Populus have conducted on various housebuilding policy options. Read summary and download 

Report: How much of the housing market is affordable?

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

The shape of the housing market is changing fundamentally. After decades of growth, the proportion of people who own their homes is falling. The social sector is shrinking too, with the private rented sector expanding to take up the slack. These changes are not happening through the choice of the people affected – homeownership remains the ideal for many – if not most – people, and few would choose the private rented sector as a place to settle and bring up children. Read summary and download 

Report: Home Improvement

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2014

This report has been produced in partnership with Electrical Safety First, with the support of British Gas. Both Shelter and Electrical Safety First see an increasing urgency to tackle the issue of poor electrical safety in private rented homes. Our combined frontline experience has shown that this problem is getting worse. Private rented housing makes up a disproportionate share of the problems Shelter’s advisers deal with every day.Too often, renters struggle with unsafe, unstable homes. Electrical Safety First, have seen in particular an unacceptable increase in the number of complaints relating to poor electrical safety in rented homes. This is especially concerning given the dangerous nature of electrical hazards. They can lead to serious injury and death. Read summary and download 

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