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

A long way from home: mental distress and long-term homelessness - a Good Practice Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

The prevalence of mental health needs among those experiencing homelessness and the difficulties they face when attempting to access mainstream mental health services are well documented. Shelter’s research shows that people with mental health problems are at a greater risk of experiencing long-term, damaging homelessness. This continues to occur despite recent changes in policy and the introduction of high-profile reports and practice guidelines. Read summary and download 

Response - Transforming places, changing lives

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation – Transforming places; changing lives: A framework for regeneration. Regeneration presents the opportunity to develop localised responses to address deprivation and need. Focusing regeneration in particular areas enables coordinated planning of housing, social infrastructure and promotion of economic growth. Housing is an essential element of, and in many cases will lead, regeneration programmes. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing - Worklessness and social housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

The Hills Review of social housing found that nearly one-third of the nine million people not in work in England were resident in the social rented sector. This briefing looks at the reasons behind this high rate of worklessness, considers government initiatives to combat such worklessness, and puts forward options for reform. Read summary and download 

Homes for the Future - A new analysis of housing need and demand in England

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

England is facing a severe shortage of affordable homes, a problem that lies at the heart of the country’s housing crisis. As the population increases, this shortage will only get worse, unless we can increase the delivery of affordable homes. Shelter’s new research shows that to meet newly arising need and demand, we must build a greater proportion of social rented and intermediate homes than currently envisaged. Erratum: amendments made to the data in the regional map (inside front cover) and Table 5 (page 14), February 2009. Read summary and download 

Response - Amendments to the Rent Officers Order 1997

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the DWP consultation on amending the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Order 1997 and the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Order 1997. Our response is divided into two sections: the first addresses our wider concerns about broad rental market areas (BRMAs) and localities, and the impact these have on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Local Reference Rates (LRR); and the second outlines Shelter’s specific comments on the amendments put forward to the Rent Officers Order. Read summary and download 

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