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 - Options for dealing with squatting

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

Shelter has responded to the government consultation ‘Options for dealing with Squatting’. Squatting is a highly divisive, politicised and sensitive issue. Legitimate concerns about incidents of squatting must be addressed, but we urge the government not to rush through new criminal laws in a knee-jerk reaction to high profile media stories. We believe that the current law is sufficient to protect most homeowners and tenants. Squatters who are asked to leave premises by these occupiers and refuse to do so are already committing a criminal offence. Read summary and download 

Providing the evidence base for local housing need and demand assessments

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

This research explores how local planning authorities are determining their future housing requirements for both market and affordable housing in the current changing planning context. The planning system is facing significant reform and it is vital that accurate measurement of housing need and demand retains a central role. Read summary and download 

Investment in housing and its contribution to economic growth

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

In this report FTI Consulting evaluate and assess the case for investing in housing as part of a government strategy to promote economic growth. The key findings of this report were presented by Vicky Pryce at Shelter's Housing and the Economy Roundtable on 14th October 2011. Read summary and download 

Private Rent Watch Report 1 - Analysis of local rent levels and affordability

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

The first report in a series using official private rental market statistics to examine rent levels and affordability for average earners at local authority level. Read summary and download 

Good practice guide: landlord accreditation

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

Private renting covers a wide variety of tenants – and an equally wide variety of landlords. The sector can be proud that most dealings between them are harmonious. When problems do occur, it may be because landlords do not fully appreciate the complex legal framework in which they operate. Where rogue landlords do prey on unsuspecting tenants, it can be because tenants find it hard to distinguish between a responsible landlord and a rogue operator. Read summary and download 

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