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

Report: Homes for the next generation - lessons from the West Midlands

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2013

There is a chronic shortage of homes in England. This fact is now rarely disputed, yet a consensus on how to respond has not emerged. Shelter estimated in a recent report that England as a whole has a growing shortage of 100,000 to 150,000 homes per year. It is in this context that KPMG and Shelter have worked together on this project. The partnership is taking a different approach. We are starting from one particular housing system- that covered by the West Midlands’ Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) - in order to understand why it is failing to deliver the homes needed. Read summary and download 

How much of the housing market is affordable?

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2013

Shelter has carried out research which attempts to provide a more real life picture of the housing market. Read summary and download 

People living in bad housing - numbers and health impacts

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2013

This study, carried out by NatCen Social Research for Shelter, uses new evidence from two large-scale representative surveys to explore the number of people living in bad housing in England, and the link between bad housing and health. It also includes a short review of previous research in this area. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Universal Credit and Alternative Payment Arrangements

Applicable to: 
Published:  September 2013

Shelter wants to see Alternative Payments Arrangements (APAs) used to their potential to help claimants become as financially independent as possible under Universal Credit. Read summary and download 

Briefing: 13 Week Protection

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Published:  September 2013

In a poorly documented move, short-term additional support for people who have recently lost their job or fallen ill will be abolished under Universal Credit. Currently if someone loses their job they may be entitled to claim housing benefit to cover their full rent for 13 weeks; vital financial breathing space while they look for new employment. Read summary and download 

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