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 - Tolerated Trespassers: Successor Landlord Cases

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

We warmly welcome the reforms to be brought about by Schedule 11 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008. The concept of the tolerated trespasser, and the line of cases which has flowed from it, has been disastrous for the law of landlord and tenant and has led to significant injustice. Read summary and download 

Response - Community Land Trusts

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

Shelter supports the principle of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) as one of a range of approaches to delivering affordable housing, a position we have previously outlined in our response to the Housing Green Paper Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable and in our submission the Taylor Review on Rural Economy and Affordable Housing. Read summary and download 

A long way from home: mental distress and long-term homelessness - a Good Practice Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

The prevalence of mental health needs among those experiencing homelessness and the difficulties they face when attempting to access mainstream mental health services are well documented. Shelter’s research shows that people with mental health problems are at a greater risk of experiencing long-term, damaging homelessness. This continues to occur despite recent changes in policy and the introduction of high-profile reports and practice guidelines. Read summary and download 

Building blocks - Exploring ways to deliver more affordable homes in the housing downturn

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

This Shelter Regional Campaigns discussion paper explores ideas for delivering affordable housing during the housing market downturn. Read summary and download 

Response - Amendments to the Rent Officers Order 1997

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the DWP consultation on amending the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Order 1997 and the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Order 1997. Our response is divided into two sections: the first addresses our wider concerns about broad rental market areas (BRMAs) and localities, and the impact these have on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Local Reference Rates (LRR); and the second outlines Shelter’s specific comments on the amendments put forward to the Rent Officers Order. Read summary and download 

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