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

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 

The Housing Report

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

‘The Housing Report’ assesses how the coalition has fared in meeting its stated housing objectives - and finds failures across a number of areas, including ensuring sufficient housing supply, tackling homelessness and improving affordability in the private rented sector . Read summary and download 

Response: National Planning Policy Framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

We want to see planning reform deliver housing in the right places, of the right type and at the right price to alleviate housing need. These new homes must be constructed to high design and environmental standards and be linked to existing infrastructure to minimise impact. Priority should be given to bringing old buildings into use and developing brown-field sites, but some new building on green sites will inevitably be required. Most importantly, if we are to address the growing housing crisis, there must be a priority given in the planning system to the delivery of truly affordable and accessible homes. 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 

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 

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