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: CLG allocations policy

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

The draft guidance will replace all the existing guidance on allocations and choice based lettings, including the existing 2002 Code (60 pages), the 2008 Code on choice based lettings (60 pages) and the further 2009 guidance (30 pages). Consequently, much of the detail, particularly detailed guidance on choice based lettings has been removed. With some exceptions, the draft guidance is little more that than a statement of the statute and provides very little assistance to local authorities on how policy and legislation is to be interpreted. Read summary and download 

Response: PRS investment review

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2012

Shelter supports the premise of the PRS Investment Review - increasing the supply of homes available for private renting is one way of improving standards and affordability in the sector, by potentially increasing competition and diversification in the market. However, it may take significant investment in new stock and improved management to have any bearing on landlord and tenant behaviour across the market. Read summary and download 

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 

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