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: The London Rental Standard

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2013

While the Mayor's plans for a London Rental Standard cannot solve every problem faced by London renters, they could make a real difference, provided the scheme is well marketed. Shelter wants to work with the Mayor to make the most out of these proposals. Read summary and download 

Response: Measuring Child Poverty

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2013

Access to decent housing is one issue that can be directlyimproved by increasing income, although efforts to increase the underlying supply of decent, affordablehousing will also remain crucial. Frank Field’s review of poverty and life chances endorsed this point and explicitly acknowledged that housing is one of the areas where additional income is effective at tackling inadequacies. Read summary and download 

Food for thought: applying house price inflation to grocery prices

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2013

This paper looks at the inflation in house prices from 1971 to 2011 and applies it to the cost of everyday groceries, in order to emphasise how out of control house prices are. Read summary and download 

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 

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