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 - Fair and Flexible

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Shelter strongly supports the Government’s view that overall priority for social housing should go to those in the greatest housing need. Consequently, we welcome the statement in the Ministerial Foreword that the Government does not propose to change the ‘reasonable preference’ criteria which prioritises, amongst others, those with serious medical conditions, living in overcrowded conditions or having experienced homelessness. Read summary and download 

Response - Lender repossession of residential property: protection of tenants

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Shelter strongly supports this consultation on protection of tenants in cases of landlord mortgage default. We have actively campaigned for better legal protection for tenants for over a year, and continue to see numerous cases of sudden eviction following landlord repossession, through our face to face and helpline advice services. Read summary and download 

Response - Changes to Local Housing Allowance

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2009

We do not agree with the proposals to amend Housing Benefit regulations from April 2010 so that claimants are unable to receive up to a £15 excess of their weekly LHA over and above their contractual rent Read summary and download 

Social Housing Factsheet

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2009

During the post-war period social housing was the tenure of choice for many working households. However, as a result of the sale of local authority housing in the 1980s and the failure to build sufficient homes to maintain stock levels, the provision has become more tightly constrained and social housing today only has the capacity to house those in the greatest need. Read summary and download 

Response - Building a new regulatory framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2009

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Tenant Services Authority’s (TSA) discussion paper Building a new regulatory framework. Read summary and download 

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