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

Response: Mayor's Revised London Housing Strategy 2011

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft Revised London Housing Strategy 2011. London’s housing system is at a critical juncture, both in terms of the profound changes to housing policy and sub-national government brought in by the Localism Act 2011, and the wider economic and fiscal climate. In this context, it is critical that the Mayor demonstrates clear, strong leadership. The strategic policy choices taken at this moment will establish the overall direction for housing delivery and investment in London for years to come. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Legal Aid Bill - Benefits and Homelessness amendments

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

This amendment would ensure that, where the loss of the home is threatened due to nonpayment of the rent or mortgage, advice and casework can be provided to address an underlying benefits problem causing or contributing to the arrears. Read summary and download 

Private rent watch report 2 - London Rent Watch

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

The second report in a series using official statistics on the private rental market, this time examining inflation and affordability in the capital. Read summary and download 

Response - DCLG Consultation on proposed changes to the Department's statistics

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

Statistics produced by DCLG form a vital part of the evidence base for our work. As a result, we welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation. Read summary and download 

Response: Support for Mortgage Interest consultation

Applicable to: 
Published:  February 2012

Support for mortgage interest (SMI) provides a lifeline to nearly quarter of a million people who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage costs. SMI claimants include vulnerable and low income homeowners, unable to make ends meet in old age or due to job loss, disability, or the cost of caring or lone-parenting. This is a vital safety net that helps to prevent homelessness. It is also extremely cost effective, with the average weekly payment to recipients just £30. Read summary and download 

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