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 - DCLG Draft Statistics Plan for 2011/12

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2011

Statistics produced by DCLG form a vital part of the evidence base supporting Shelter's work concerning homelessness and bad housing. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill - Report Stage and Third Reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2011

The Localism Bill will result in wide ranging changes to housing and planning, which represent a fundamental shift in policy to a more localised system. A number of these proposals are welcome yet Shelter has key concerns regarding some proposed measures, which were not addressed at Commons committee stage. Read summary and download 

Response: Home Office consultation on anti-social behaviour

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2011

We accept that appropriate measures, including injunctions and ASBOs, must be available to protect individuals and the community at the earliest stages of anti-social behaviour problems. However, we believe this is most effective when pursued through a balanced approach that combines prevention, support and resettlement alongside enforcement. Read summary and download 

Shelter briefing - Public attitudes to mortgage reform

Applicable to: 
Published:  May 2011

Irresponsible mortgage lending can have devastating consequences. Every day Shelter advisers help families struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. Some had little hope of ever repaying their loans in the first place and are now faced with the very real threat of homelessness. Reckless lending damages the economy too, contributing to unsustainable house price bubbles which freeze out new buyers and leave existing homeowners vulnerable to negative equity. Read summary and download 

Policy: Briefing - Taking Stock

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

There is a drastic shortage of housing in England. This impacts negatively on households’ aspirations and needs; one million children live in overcrowded conditions, households delay starting families because they can’t afford a home, more and more people live in the sector with the highest rates of non-decency (the private rented sector) and over a third of us believe that our children will not be able to afford a decent home. Read summary and download 

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