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

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

Applicable to: 
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 

What works? Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rented sector

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2013

During this time of increased resource constraints many local authorities are using pioneering, resource-savvy techniques to fight rogue landlords. This good practice guide profiles how a wide range of local authorities have used a combination of different actions to take a tough line against rogue landlords and improve the private rented sector. Read summary and download 

Homes for forgotten families: Towards a mainstream shared ownership market

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2013

England’s homes shortage now affects families up and down the income scale. The high cost of buying or renting a home in much of the country is squeezing household budgets like never before. This major report explores what low to middle income families want from housing, what's holding them back, and sets out what Government should do to meet the needs of this key group. Read summary and download 

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