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

Briefing: Legal Aid

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2013

The government is proposing drastic new changes to legal aid which will have a huge impact on Shelter’s ability to help homeless people. This comes shortly after the implementation of huge cuts to civil legal aid affecting housing, debt and welfare cases in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Read summary and download 

The experiences of families claiming LHA

Applicable to: 
Published:  May 2013

In June 2010 the new Coalition Government announced its Emergency Budget. This spending planwas explicitly designed to reduce the deficit and included £2billion cuts to housing benefit. The Government also announced its longer term intention to reform the benefits system (‘21st CenturyWelfare’), which was described as too complex and not one which encouraged claimants to work. This report investigates how these reforms have been implemented and the impact on families. Read summary and download 

Growing up renting: A childhood spent in private rented homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2013

Our rental market is having a damaging impact on children’s lives. A third of private renters are now families with children and our new research – the largest survey of renters to date – shows that they are the most badly affected by the volatility and uncertainty of the rental market: Read summary and download 

Briefing: Little boxes, fewer homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2013

Opposition to local house building can block the development of much needed new homes. But by building the more spacious homes that existing locals prefer to have on their doorstep, we can help to overcome local concerns and increase the numbers of new homes delivered. Read summary and download 

Briefing: What's wrong with the bedroom tax?

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2013

From April 2013 660,000 households will have to move or find extra cash to cover their rent as a result of the new “bedroom tax”. This is about a third of all working-age housing benefit claimants living in the social rented sector. Disabled people and their families will be particularly affected. Shelter is calling for exemptions to protect them from having their lives overturned by this reform. Read summary and download 

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