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

When the golden dust settles - housing in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets after the Olympics

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2014

This report explores the housing challenges that remain in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets after the 2012 Olympic Games. With a focus on private renting, building more homes, and the housing safety net, it makes a number of local recommendations applicable to these three Olympic Boroughs. Read summary and download 

Eviction and Repossession Hotspots - 2013 Data

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2013

In the twelve months from October 2012 to September 2013, one household in every 105 in England was put at risk of losing their home. In some parts of the country the figure was much higher, reaching one in every 35 households in Newham in east London. Read summary and download 

Response: Judicial Review

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2013

Shelter's response to the government's consultation on changes to Judicial Review. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Nowhere to go

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2013

This Christmas, 80,000 children in England, Scotland and Wales will wake up homeless. In the short-term the Government must strengthen our housing safety net to avoid homeless children being accommodated far away from their local area or in unsuitable B&Bs. A stronger safety net will allow families the time they need to get back into work and secure a settled home. Read summary and download 

Response: Joint Committee on Human Rights call for evidence on Legal Aid

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2013

Shelter is responding to a call for evidence on Legal Aid reform from the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Legal Aid reform proposals could have the effect of increasing the number of homeless people. They raise human rights issues of fundamental significance to access to justice and the rule of law. Read summary and download 

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