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 - Understanding Housing Markets (NHPAU)

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2010

Shelter believes that the delivery of affordable housing should be a high priority for all local authorities and recognises that the focus for housing delivery is increasingly turning to local delivery and accountability in meeting housing needs. Read summary and download 

Response - FSA Arrears and Approved Persons

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2010

A stronger regulatory stance on arrears and repossessions is long overdue. The FSA’s thematic work and our own casework and research have repeatedly shown instances of lenders failing to forbear and treat struggling homeowners reasonably, particularly in the sub-prime sector. We are concerned that a rise in interest rates and the effects of unemployment will mean that arrears remain widespread throughout 2010-11. In this context, regulation must ensure that struggling borrowers are treated fairly. Read summary and download 

The human cost - How the lack of affordable housing impacts on all aspects of life

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2010

The high cost of housing is one of the most pressing issues facing Britain today. Spiralling house prices and a dysfunctional housing system has meant that for years, the amount that we have had to pay to meet our housing needs has escalated. As a result, for a growing number of people, finding a suitable home they can afford has become increasingly difficult. Read summary and download 

Good Practice Briefing - Supporting Homeless Children: Guidance for Health Visitors

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2010

This good practice briefing discusses the ways in which health visitors can engage more effectively with homeless children and their families. Read summary and download 

Response - MOJ: Power of Sale and Residential Property

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2010

The power of sale without court order – albeit rarely used in respect of owner-occupied property – deprives the borrower of the right to have their case heard at court and to put forward proposals for payment of arrears which may enable them to preserve their home. Read summary and download 

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