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

Good Practice Briefing - Supporting Homeless Children: Guidance for children and family services

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2010

Although many children’s services work effectively with other agencies and specialists such as health and education practitioners, it appears that links with housing providers and the homeless sector are not so well developed. Read summary and download 

Response - HM Treasury: Mortgage Regulation

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2010

Shelter strongly supports the proposal to extend the scope of Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulation to include buy-to-let lending, second-charge lending and onward sale of mortgage books. Read summary and download 

Response - UK Border Agency: Reforming Asylum Support

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2010

We welcome the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) commitment to fulfilling its obligations under the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN Convention requires signatories to make social welfare provision available to those who seek asylum. Although the UKBA is responsible for the accommodation and support needs of those seeking asylum in the UK, there are increasing levels of destitution among the asylum-seeking population, including children. We are very concerned about the levels of destitution at all stages in the asylum process. Numerous reports have highlighted this issue, many of which are referenced in this consultation response. Read summary and download 

Response - DWP Supporting people into work: the next stage of housing benefit reform

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2010

We welcome the Government’s proposals to make changes to the HB system to support people into work and sustain employment. Read summary and download 

Response - FSA Mortgage Market Review

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2010

Shelter welcomes this discussion paper, and the thorough and fundamental approach the FSA has taken. Some of the proposals are substantial and require further detailed discussion, but we believe there is a pressing need to push ahead with an ambitious timetable of reform, particularly on those areas that have wide ranging consensus. Read summary and download 

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