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

Eviction Risk Monitor

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2011

Every day at Shelter we see families on the brink of losing their home - a traumatic experience that can have lasting effects on wellbeing and family life, from disrupting children’s education to triggering stress and depression. Indeed, the public perceive repossession and homelessness to be two of the three most serious civil problems anyone could face. For many of those facing this threat, the tipping point can be an unexpected life event: illness, relationship breakdown or the temporary loss of a job. Suddenly, debt can spiral out of control, making homelessness a very real threat. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Legal Aid Bill Lords 2nd Reading

Applicable to: 
Published:  November 2011

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will impose devastating cuts on legal aid funding for specialist advice that helps people to solve their housing problems. Cuts to legal aid for housing issues will take 52,000 cases per year – about 40% of all housing work - out of scope, making an annual saving of £10m in the short term but increasing costs to the taxpayer down the line and denying access to justice for the most vulnerable in our society. Read summary and download 

Response: CLG consultation on possession powers for anti-social behaviour

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2011

Shelter fully understands how anti-social behaviour can have a devastating impact on neighbourhoods and communities, and our advisers frequently support households whose lives are blighted by the antisocial behaviour of their immediate neighbours. However, we believe anti-social behaviour can be most effectively tackled when pursued through a balanced approach that combines prevention, support and resettlement alongside enforcement. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Generation Rent - learning from different rental markets

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2011

Many people think of private tenants as young professionals or students. Yet, of the 3.4 million households now renting privately, more than one million are families with children, many with no other option but to be private tenants for the foreseeable future. Recent policy changes, combined with a lack of new affordable homes and high house prices, mean that the sector is likely to continue to grow, particularly among low-middle income families and vulnerable groups. Read summary and download 

Research summary: Experiences of housing problems in England and Wales, 2006 to 2010

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2011

Assessing the nature of housing problems, their impact, and the steps people take to solve them. Read summary and download 

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