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: Milburn Review into Social Mobility and Child Poverty

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

This paper explores the risks posed by aspects of the Welfare Reform Act and Localism Act to the drive to reduce child poverty and increase social mobility. It concentrates on three changes which will affect large numbers of families and examines the impact on education, work prospects and childcare. Read summary and download 

Response: Mortgage Market Review - proposed package of reforms

Applicable to: 
Published:  March 2012

Every day Shelter advisers see the tragedy of people losing their homes. All too often, this could have been prevented by more responsible behaviour by mortgage lenders. Our research has shown the devastating effects of arrears and repossessions; including negative wellbeing impacts and stress forfamilies, wider damage to the housing market and increased costs to the state. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing: Homes fit for families - the case for stable private renting

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

Many more people are renting from private landlords, especially families with children, and will be renting for the long term. As buying a home becomes ever harder and social housing is in ever shorter supply, more and more people have found themselves with no choice but to rent privately. The number of households renting privately has soared to more than 3.6 million, one in six households. Read summary and download 

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 

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