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 - The private rented sector: professionalism and quality

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2009

Shelter strongly welcomes the proposals in this consultation paper to help improve standards and professionalism in the private rented sector (PRS). This is timely given the rapid growth in the sector and high levels of inexperienced landlords. 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 

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 

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 

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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