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

Policy Report: The Rent Trap

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2013

More than 8.5 million people in England now rent from a private landlord – more than at any stage since the 1970s. Renting is increasingly the new normal – the only realistic option for a rapidly growing number of ordinary hard working families up and down the country who cannot afford to buy a home of their own or access social housing. Read summary and download 

Eviction Risk Monitor 2012

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2012

Shelter has conducted research to create a national picture of England’s repossession and eviction risk hotspots. These hotspots are identified as those areas of the country with the highest proportion of homes which have been issued with a possession claim either by a mortgage lender or by a landlord. Read summary and download 

The Housing Report 3

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2012

The Government has reached its halfway point – two-and-a-half years in, and two-and-a-half to go until the next election – an appropriate moment to step back and assess the Coalition’s record so far. In this edition of The Housing Report, as in the previous two, we have assessed the latest data for England under ten main headings, using official sources and a 2010-11 baseline wherever possible, and rated the Government’s progress using a traffic light system. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Defining Homelessness

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2012

There is no commonsense definition of homelessness and determining whether a household is homeless is not always straightforward. It is however an important question to resolve as local authorities have a legal duty to help certain households who are homeless. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Unlocking Stable Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2012

More than one in seven ex-offenders were homeless prior to prison - and over a third need help finding somewhere to live upon release. There are many challenges for ex-offenders in finding and keeping a stable home after leaving prison. Recent and forthcoming cuts to housing benefit and advice services, and the ongoing shortage of social homes, will make these challenges even sharper. Read summary and download 

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