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

The housing crisis generation: How many children are homeless in Britain

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Published:  December 2018

This report looks at the number of children growing up homeless in Britain and the impact of growing up without a secure and stable home. Read summary and download 

Consultation Response - Updates to national planning policy and guidance

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Published:  December 2018

This is a response to government's consultation on updates to national planning policy and guidance. Read summary and download 

Research: Homelessness in Great Britain - The numbers behind the story

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Published:  November 2018

New analysis from Shelter reveals that 320,000 people are recorded as homeless, as numbers rise again. This figure lays bare the true scale of Britain’s worsening housing crisis, despite repeated Government pledges to tackle the problem. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Fitness for Human Habitation Lords Second Reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2018

A Parliamentary briefing prepared ahead of the Lords Second Reading of the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill Read summary and download 

Briefing - Legal Aid Reforms

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2018

On 15 November 2010, the Government published its proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales. Although the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) says its approach is to protect the most vulnerable in our society, Shelter believes that these reforms will significantly restrict access to justice for those who are already disadvantaged by poverty and social exclusion. Read summary and download 

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