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: Discretionary Housing Payments good practice manual

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2012

Discretionary Housing Payments have been Ministers’ preferred solution for addressing the “hard cases” that will arise as a result of housing benefit cuts. In Shelter’s view this is an inappropriate response and specific exemptions should have been agreed. The role of DHPs appears to be increasingly shifting from emergency short-term assistance to a long-term solution to funding services. Our response to the DWP consultation on good practice for DHPs makes a number of recommendations. Read summary and download 

Response: Homelessness (suitability) consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2012

Shelter strongly welcomes the draft Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) Regulations. However, there are a number of areas where we believe the regulations should be significantly strengthened if they are to provide adequate protection to the most vulnerable homeless households. Read summary and download 

Response: SSAC universal credit consultation

Applicable to: 
Published:  August 2012

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Universal Credit draft regulations. The Welfare Reform Act is a skeletal act and we were concerned that some areas of policy detail were not sufficiently developed to allow adequate scrutiny during the parliamentary process. We therefore are pleased that SSAC is now scrutinising the regulations. Read summary and download 

Response to Revised London Plan

Applicable to: 
Published:  August 2012

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Mayor's revised early minor alterations to the London Plan, which were published for comment on 6 June 2012 , with the objective of ensuring the London Plan is consist with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) of March 2012. Read summary and download 

Creating a tenancy strategy suitable for your area

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2012

This report is designed to assist local politicians, strategy officers and policy officers in preparing their Tenancy Strategies and landlord Tenancy Policies, in the light of the new flexibility available to them as a result of the Localism Act 2011. It should also assist local people, including local tenants, local councillors and local MPs, in their new role as the main regulators of consumer standards in social housing. Read summary and download 

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