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: Pay to Stay consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

Any policy to amend the setting of social rents must be considered in terms of the benefits it will bring to people in housing need and be based on a thorough impact assessment. The data and estimates cited in the consultation are not referenced, making it difficult to assess the potential impact of this policy. Read summary and download 

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

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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 

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