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: Local Decisions - a fairer future for social housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

We agree with the CLG assessment that the proposals contained in this consultation would lead to 'the most radical reform of social housing in a generation'. We are therefore greatly concerned about the manner in which this consultation has been conducted. Our response focuses on the proposals set out in the consultation paper on homelessness discharge of duty, security of tenure in social housing, and allocation of social housing. Read summary and download 

Response: GLA - Mobility for London's social tenants

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to comment on the GLA consultation on mobility for London’s social tenants. Read summary and download 

Housing Investment Part 2

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

This research briefing is the second in a series of papers that assesses the economic impacts of public investment in housing. Housing Investment Part 2 sets out how investment in housing can support local economic growth through housing affordability and place competitiveness. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill 2nd Reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 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 large number of these proposals are welcome yet Shelter has a number of key concerns regarding some proposed measures. Read summary and download 

Homelessness Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2010

Homelessness is beginning to rise. As the impact of the economic downturn and the long term housing shortage take hold, advice services have seen greater demand for help from people having lost or under threat of losing their homes, and some official statistics also show an increase in the number of homeless people including a rise in street homelessness. Read summary and download 

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