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

Against the Odds

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2006

This report presents the findings of a major investigation into what it means to be a child living in bad housing. Carried out between April and August 2006, the investigation looked at the impact of bad housing on children, comparing the lives and life chances of children on either side of Britain’s housing divide. Read summary and download 

The path to success? - Shelter's research on Housing Benefit reform: the final report

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2006

Reform to the Housing Benefit (HB) system, featuring a flat-rate Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and direct payment of benefit to tenants, was trialled over a two-year period in nine areas, also known as Pathfinders. Read summary and download 

Response - Tackling Overcrowding in England

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2006

The DCLG has issued a discussion paper inviting responses to proposals to tackle the problem of overcrowded housing in England. This document is Shelter's response. Read summary and download 

Chance of a lifetime - the impact of bad housing on children's lives

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2006

This research pulls together a wide range of existing studies to provide a compelling and robust account of the impact that poor housing and homelessness in childhood have on later life chances. Read summary and download 

Response - A Respect Standard for Housing Management

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2006

The DCLG issued a consultation on its proposals for a Respect Standard for housing Management as a means to tackle anti-social behaviour. Read summary and download 

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