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

Homelessness Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2010

Homelessness is beginning to rise. As the impact of the economic downturn and the long term housing shortage take hold, advice services have seen greater demand for help from people having lost or under threat of losing their homes, and some official statistics also show an increase in the number of homeless people including a rise in street homelessness. Read summary and download 

Response - FSA Mortgage Market Review - Responsible Lending

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2010

Irresponsible lending can have devastating consequences, for individuals living on the margins of affordability and for the wider housing market. The mortgage lending market has undoubtedly contracted since the credit crunch, but Shelter believes that it is imperative to introduce robust regulation to finally put a stop to reckless lending decisions. We do not think that our housing crisis can be solved by pumping credit into the market at a time when housing supply is so low and constrained compared to demand. Read summary and download 

Briefing: The Comprehensive Spending Review

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2010

Housing has been the biggest loser in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Read summary and download 

Response - DWP: 21st Century Welfare

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2010

Shelter does support many of the principles underlying this reform agenda, specifically attempts to simplify the benefits system to create a more personalised, responsive scheme, and to reduce the barriers to working that are experienced by the minority of unemployed HB claimants. If a system of Universal Credits were able to combine these, while maintaining the distinct important features of HB, we would support it. Read summary and download 

How will changes to Local Housing Allowance affect low-income tenants in private rented housing?

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2010

In its first budget of June 2010, the new UK government announced changes to Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which are welfare payments that help tenants with low incomes pay their rent. This research examines the effects of the changes on around one million tenants in private rented housing in Britain whose housing is supported by LHA. Read summary and download 

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