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: 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 

Briefing: using the private rented sector to tackle homelessness

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2013

Changes in the Localism Act 2011 give local authorities more scope to place homeless households in private rented homes, increasing your options for placements. These powers also provide an opportunity to build stronger links with local landlords and raise the general standards of rented homes in your area. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Homeless families and the benefit cap

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2013

Shelter is calling for an exemption from the overall benefit cap for households in TA so that local authorities can continue to meet their duty to homeless households without having to shoulder huge additional costs or send homeless families far away from their local area. Read summary and download 

Briefing: How do we build more homes?

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2013

All political parties agree that more homes would be socially and economically beneficial, but the number of homes built has consistently fallen short of what’s needed. There haven’t been enough homes to keep up with demand for many years, even before the recession when the economy was booming and credit was flowing. The market isn’t working. Read summary and download 

Response: The London Rental Standard

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2013

While the Mayor's plans for a London Rental Standard cannot solve every problem faced by London renters, they could make a real difference, provided the scheme is well marketed. Shelter wants to work with the Mayor to make the most out of these proposals. Read summary and download 

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