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 - Housing Health and Safety Rating System: Consultation on Enforcement Guidance

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2004

Shelter broadly supports the replacement of the existing Housing Fitness Standard by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), backed by a new enforcement regime. Read summary and download 

Response - Every Child Matters

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2004

The government’s decision to issue a Green Paper on services for children offers Shelter an opportunity to address the current fragmentation of children’s services and to join up responsibility for their delivery within government. Read summary and download 

The Act in Action - An Assessment of Homelessness Reviews and Strategies

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2004

A key element of the Homelessness Act 2002 is the requirement for Local Authorities to publish strategies to tackle and prevent homelessness in their locality. Read summary and download 

Response - Inquiry into the Role and Effectiveness of the Housing Corporation

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2004

Shelter submitted a memorandum for the ODPM Select Committee's Inquiry into the role and effectiveness of the Housing Corporation in February 2004. Read summary and download 

Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Child Poverty

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2004

Shelter submitted evidence (January 2004) on Housing Benefit to the Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into Child Poverty. Shelter believes it is important that reforms to housing benefit support the Government's child poverty objectives. Read summary and download 

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