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 - 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 

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 

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 

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 - 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 

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