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

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 

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 

Local Housing Allowance and direct payment - giving claimants a choice

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the new form of housing benefit for private rented sector tenants. Government has been rolling it out nationally since April 2008. Read summary and download 

Response - Reform of Council Housing Finance

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Shelter supports any measure that will lead to investment in new council homes and the maintenance and modernisation of existing homes. With nearly 1.8 million households on council waiting lists, it is vital that Britain builds more affordable housing. Council tenants, quite rightly, expect their rent to be spent on the management, maintenance and modernisation of their homes. For too long, the revenue and capital receipts from council housing have not been properly ring fenced. The council housing finance system has prevented all the rents collected by local housing authorities from being reinvested in maintaining and managing their housing stock. Read summary and download 

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