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

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 

Response - CLG consultation on definiton of affordable housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

Affordable Rented housing should not be defined as a form of social housing, in that it is unlikely to meet the needs of many households that are eligible for social housing for a secure and affordable home without increased welfare dependency and risk of repeat homelessness. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Landlord accreditation

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

Private renting has grown rapidly over the last decade. Yet problems are rife and standards are often poor. Shelter believes landlord accreditation offers councils a localist, practical and effective tool to improve standards for private renters. Read summary and download 

Attitudes to Housing Affordability

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

Shelter has commissioned YouGov to explore how people are coping with their housing costs in the current economic climate. Read summary and download 

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