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 - Gangmasters Licensing Authority Licensing Standards

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

As a housing and homelessness organisation, we have been particularly concerned at the growing body of evidence which documents both the poor housing conditions of migrant workers and the increase in destitution among this group. We have recently published a discussion paper on this subject, No place like home? Addressing the issues of housing and migration, which is available on this website. According to recent research, new migrants have little choice over the type and location of the housing they live in during their early years of settlement. Their circumstances are dominated by constraining factors and often bear little relation to the settlement patterns of long-standing residents. The housing experience of many new migrants is characterised by instability. Read summary and download 

Response - OFT Irresponsible Lending

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

Shelter welcomes this scoping paper on the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) irresponsible lending project and agrees that greater clarity is needed as to the definition of irresponsible lending for the purpose of fitness tests under section 25 of the Consumer Credit Act. The expected outcome of guidance for credit licensees will be particularly useful in helping lenders to identify good practice and should be more detailed and comprehensive than the existing 1997 Non-Status Lending Guidance. Read summary and download 

Housing Benefits not barriers - Shelter and Crisis joint submission

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

Shelter, in partnership with Crisis, has launched a parliamentary campaign to address the changes needed to the current housing benefit system to enable people to successfully get back into work. In 2008/09 the Government is undertaking a review of the housing benefit system for working age claimants which aims to “look at its effectiveness, particularly in promoting work incentives, efficiency and fairness, and to ensure that it represents value for money for the taxpayer.” Shelter believes this is a real opportunity to ensure that the housing benefit system is reformed to genuinely get people out of poverty and into work. Read summary and download 

Response - Children's Trusts Legislative Options

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2008

Shelter welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Children, Schools and Families consultation on strengthening Children’s Trusts: legislative options. Our response will specifically comment on the following areas of the document: Extending the duty to co-operate; Children and Young People’s Plans and; Statutory Children’s Trust Boards. Read summary and download 

Research report - Neighbourhood watch

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2008

A new research report exploring the plans and policies of planners and developers and residents’ experiences from the Thames Gateway. Read summary and download 

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