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

Taking the strain - The private rented sector in the recession

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2009

Money Advice Trust commissioned Shelter in February 2009 to carry out research into the impact of the current economic downturn on the private rented sector and to identify ways in which advice services could serve the sector better. Read summary and download 

Response - Regulating Sale and Rent Back: the full regime

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2009

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to comment on this consultation paper. 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 - 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 

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 

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