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

Time for reform: how our neighbours guarantee stability for renters

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Published:  October 2016

This new legal research examines the protections for renters across Europe. It shows that in countries where it has long been normal for families to privately rent, they have much more security to stay in their home for the long term. As the number of families renting in England continues to grow, we argue similar legal changes should be made here. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Homelessness Reduction Bill - Second Reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2016

Briefing ahead of the Second Reading of the 'Homelessness Reduction Bill' - a Private Member's Bill introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman. Read summary and download 

Report: Living Home Standard

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Published:  October 2016

Shelter's landmark report, the Living Home Standard. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Neighbourhood Planning Bill second reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2016

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is another attempt to balance the competing interests that can make planning so divisive. In strengthening neighbourhood plans and compulsory purchase powers it’s a welcome step towards a strong, positive planning system. Read summary and download 

Consultation Response: Client Money Protection

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2016

Shelter's response to DCLG's consultation into Client Money Protection. Read summary and download 

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