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

Briefing: Unlocking Stable Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2012

More than one in seven ex-offenders were homeless prior to prison - and over a third need help finding somewhere to live upon release. There are many challenges for ex-offenders in finding and keeping a stable home after leaving prison. Recent and forthcoming cuts to housing benefit and advice services, and the ongoing shortage of social homes, will make these challenges even sharper. Read summary and download 

Response: Business Rates Retention

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

From April 2013, there will be a radical reform of the way local authorities are funded. A Business Rates Retention scheme will replace the current Formula Grant funding system. This will enable local authorities to keep a proportion of locally collected business rates. Shelter is responding specifically to the call for evidence on the Homelessness Prevention Grant being rolled into the new funding system. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Rewarding Rogues?

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

Shelter acknowledges the frustration caused by the fact that a small minority of rogue landlords can exploit the housing benefit system, either by overcharging tenants for substandard accommodation or as part of a general pattern of criminal and negligent behaviour. But a blanket ban on the payment of housing benefit when a household rents a property in poor condition or from a rogue landlord is a high risk move which could backfire on low income households. Read summary and download 

Report: A better deal - towards more stable private renting

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

Private renting is becoming the new normal. It is the only choice for a growing population of young families and working people on average incomes at a settled stage of their life. Most, like generations past, want to buy – but realistically will be stuck renting for the foreseeable future. Therefore, now is the time to ask: does renting offer long-term renters the stability they need in their home? Can renting work better for renters and landlords? Shelter sets out the case for change and puts forward practical, considered recommendations for a rental offer that improves landlords’ returns and gives renters the chance of a real home. Read summary and download 

Response: Pay to Stay consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

Any policy to amend the setting of social rents must be considered in terms of the benefits it will bring to people in housing need and be based on a thorough impact assessment. The data and estimates cited in the consultation are not referenced, making it difficult to assess the potential impact of this policy. Read summary and download 

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