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Response - OFT Draft guidance on second charge lending

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2009

Arrears and repossessions have risen dramatically as a consequence of the credit crunch and Shelter has seen a large increase in the number of clients seeking advice on these issues. The Finance and Leasing Association estimates that approximately 1750 second charge repossessions were made in 2008, although there is no data specific to second charge repossessions available from the Ministry of Justice. Shelter’s advice services continue to see poor practice amongst some second charge lenders, in particular with regard to arrears management, and we believe that good guidance from the OFT could help to improve lender behaviour. Read summary and download 

Response - Ecotown Planning Policy Statement

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2009

Shelter supports the eco-town concept as one of a range of approaches to addressing two critical issues facing this country: the desperate need for new housing, specifically affordable housing, and the challenge of climate change. Read summary and download 

Response - Ending Child Poverty: Making It Happen

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2009

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Child Poverty Unit’s consultation on ending child poverty. We support the Government’s vision for eradicating child poverty and agree with the four aspirations that underpin their long term plan. Read summary and download 

A Private Matter? - Private tenants: the forgotten victims of the repossessions crisis

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2009

Shelter, Citizens Advice, Crisis and the Chartered Institute of Housing are calling for changes to give tenants basic protection from eviction when their landlord has defaulted on the mortgage and the lender is seeking possession. Read summary and download 

Fiscal Stimulus Paper

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2009

The UK has played a leading role internationally in recognising the importance of fiscal stimulus measures in supporting the economy through the current downturn. Alongside tax cuts and benefit increases, a key aspect of this approach is additional public expenditure on infrastructure investment. Read summary and download 

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