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 Rising Political Salience of Young Renters

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2018

The number of private renters in England has risen dramatically in recent years. At the same time, housing circumstance is having an increasingly important influence on how people vote. With more and more young people and families trapped in expensive and insecure private renting can it be expected that they will be looking first and foremost for a political party with a new offer on housing, and renting. Read summary and download 

Shelter NPPF Consultation Response

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sits at the heart of planning policy in England, and has a huge role to play in ensuring that we get the genuinely affordable homes we need built. Shelter has responded to the consultation picking up in particular on some key issues where the detail of the draft may undermine positive intention. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Draft National Planning Policy Framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sits at the heart of planning policy in England, and has a huge role to play in ensuring that we get the genuinely affordable homes we need built. The new draft NPPF published earlier this year shows a real intent from the government to address some of the flaws in the original 2012 version. It is, however, vital that the detail of the new Framework meets this good intention, and to achieve this further updates are required in some areas. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Opposition Day Debate on Grenfell

Applicable to: 
Published:  May 2018

This briefing provides our perspective on progress made in supporting Grenfell survivors and taking steps to prevent another tragedy like Grenfell happening again. Read summary and download 

General Debate on Housing and Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2018

At the heart of every problem that we see is the overall lack of affordable homes. Quite simply we aren’t building enough homes – and haven’t for a generation. In addition, the homes we are building are all too often unaffordable, unattractive and lacking in necessary community infrastructure. We need to change this by closing loopholes in current planning legislation that give landowners and developers too much control over what gets built, and kickstart a new era of largescale public sector housebuilding. Read summary and download 

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