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: Home Office consultation on anti-social behaviour

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2011

We accept that appropriate measures, including injunctions and ASBOs, must be available to protect individuals and the community at the earliest stages of anti-social behaviour problems. However, we believe this is most effective when pursued through a balanced approach that combines prevention, support and resettlement alongside enforcement. Read summary and download 

Shelter briefing - Public attitudes to mortgage reform

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Published:  May 2011

Irresponsible mortgage lending can have devastating consequences. Every day Shelter advisers help families struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. Some had little hope of ever repaying their loans in the first place and are now faced with the very real threat of homelessness. Reckless lending damages the economy too, contributing to unsustainable house price bubbles which freeze out new buyers and leave existing homeowners vulnerable to negative equity. Read summary and download 

Policy: Briefing - Taking Stock

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

There is a drastic shortage of housing in England. This impacts negatively on households’ aspirations and needs; one million children live in overcrowded conditions, households delay starting families because they can’t afford a home, more and more people live in the sector with the highest rates of non-decency (the private rented sector) and over a third of us believe that our children will not be able to afford a decent home. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Landlord accreditation

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

Private renting has grown rapidly over the last decade. Yet problems are rife and standards are often poor. Shelter believes landlord accreditation offers councils a localist, practical and effective tool to improve standards for private renters. Read summary and download 

Response: DWP Social Fund call for evidence

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Published:  April 2011

Shelter is concerned that this call for evidence has been launched in tandem with the Welfare Reform Bill, which will abolish the Social Fund. We are disappointed that the Bill received its second reading before this enquiry was concluded and are concerned that the relevant clause could reach committee stage before responses have been collated. Read summary and download 

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