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 - The London Plan draft replacement plan

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2010

The London Plan provides the Mayor of London with the opportunity to set a clear vision for how all Londoners will be supported to contribute to, and benefit from, the social and economic success of London. Housing has a central role to play in helping to achieve this. Read summary and download 

Response - DCSF Children's Trusts Statutory Guidance

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2010

Shelter welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) consultation – Children’s Trusts statutory guidance on cooperation arrangements, including the Children’s Trust Board and the Children and Young People’s Plan. Read summary and download 

Turning the tide?

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2009

The financial crisis and recession have fuelled a rising tide of mortgage arrears and repossessions. Government, lenders and regulators have taken welcome action to protect people from losing their homes unnecessarily. We asked those giving last minute advice to people at court about the details of cases they had seen. This joint report from Shelter, Citizens Advice and Advice UK suggests the tide of mortgage repossessions has not yet turned. It calls for further action by lenders, regulators and Government to strengthen help to protect people from avoidable homelessness. Read summary and download 

For whose benefit? - A study monitoring the implementation of local housing allowance

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2009

This report presents the findings of a major survey investigating the experiences of 453 local housing allowance (LHA) claimants. Along with evidence from other studies, the findings provide the basis for proposals of how policy related to LHA should be reformed to ensure the system works for claimants, landlords and local authorities and meets the Government’s original policy aims for LHA. Read summary and download 

Rethinking housing taxation - a policy discussion paper

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2009

Housing taxation is central to housing policy and could play a key role in tackling issues such as instability in the housing market and housing affordability pressures. With housing and economic policy under review, informed and accessible debate on housing taxation is urgently needed. Read summary and download 

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