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

Shelter Briefing: General Debate on Housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2018

At the heart of every problem that we see is the overall lack of affordable homes. Quite simply we aren’t building enough homes – and haven’t for a generation. In addition, the homes we are building are all too often unaffordable, unattractive and lacking in necessary community infrastructure. We need to change this by closing loopholes in current planning legislation that give landowners and developers too much control over what gets built, and kickstart a new era of largescale public sector housebuilding. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2018

From 3 April 2018, there will need to be a major change in the way local housing authorities respond to homeless people. So being aware of this change is very important for those who advise and support homeless households. Read summary and download 

Briefing: NPPF Consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2018

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Response: Tackling the Hidden Economy (PRS licensing)

Applicable to: 
Published:  March 2018

Shelter supports the Government’s proposal to make access to licences needed to trade conditional on tax compliance, known as ‘conditionality’. We agree that applying conditionality to HMO licenses and selective licensing schemes could support existing HMRC compliance activity by helping and encouraging more landlords to ensure they are compliant with tax laws before renting out properties. Read summary and download 

Briefing: HCLG Select Committee Questions to Ministers – Housing Priorities

Applicable to: 
Published:  March 2018

This briefing provides HCLG Select Committee members with background and questions to ask Ministers around current housing issues. Read summary and download 

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