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 - Marmot Review of health inequalities in England post 2010

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2009

In November 1998, the Secretary of State for Health asked Professor Sir Michael Marmot to advise on the future development of health inequalities strategy post 2010. Read summary and download 

Response - Greater flexibility for planning permissions

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2009

Shelter strongly supports the proposal to extend the time limits on existing planning permissions for major developments for a temporary period. We hope the quick implementation of this measure will encourage much-needed housing development. Read summary and download 

Campaigns briefing - A licence to rent?

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2009

How regulating the private rented sector can mean a better deal for tenants, landlords and taxpayers. Read summary and download 

Ground breaking - New ideas on housing delivery

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2009

The double blow of the credit crunch and recession has hit the housing market hard and resulted in a severe reduction in the number of new homes being built. Given the current level of housing need, projected future demand for homes, and pressure on public finances, we could be feeling the impact of this slowdown for generations to come. Shelter, like many in the housing sector, believes that we must act now to reinvigorate housing delivery to ensure the continued supply of much needed new homes throughout the downturn and beyond. Read summary and download 

Uncharted Territory - Managing mortgage arrears and possessions

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2009

Shelter commissioned Professor Janet Ford and Dr Alison Wallace from the Centre of Housing Policy at the University of York to research how mortgage arrears and possessions are being managed by lenders and borrowers in the current economic climate. The study looked at the measures that have been put in place to assist borrowers and identified what more needs to be done to protect homeowners over the longer term. Read summary and download 

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