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: HM Treasury consultation on financial reform

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Published:  September 2011

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Treasury’s consultation: A new approach to financial regulation: the blueprint for reform. We broadly welcome the government’s proposals to improve financial regulation, which is of interest to Shelter because we know that poor financial regulation allowed risky mortgage lending and unfair treatment of mortgage borrowers by some lenders. This had negative consequences for individual borrowers, the housing market and the wider economy. As such, Shelter broadly welcomes the consumer protection proposals set out by the Treasury, which we believe could help to prevent the scale and the severity of the irresponsible practices we witnessed in the build up to the financial crisis. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill Lords 2nd reading

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Published:  September 2011

The Bill contains very little detail but instead enables the Secretary of State to make fundamental changes to the benefits system via secondary legislation, where the changes will be subject to little parliamentary scrutiny. We welcome the Government‟s decision to table amendments making the housing clauses of the Bill subject to the affirmative resolution procedure, but we are disappointed to note that this only applies to the first set of regulations tabled and not to subsequent ones. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has also failed to produce detailed proposals for key elements of the Bill, including how housing costs will be recognised under Universal Credit or under Pension Credit when claimants are no longer of working age. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Legal Aid Bill - Commons Committee

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

Legal aid forms a crucial part of our justice system, funding legal advice and representation to help people understand and protect their rights and to get a fair hearing. It helps them to access the court process to sort out disputes and to solve problems that may otherwise lead to poverty and social exclusion. The Bill drastically reduces the scope of legal aid, Read summary and download 

Response - Implementing social housing reform: directions to the Social Housing Regulator

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

The Government intends to direct the Social Housing Regulator to fundamentally change the way that social housing in England is regulated. It describes this as the ‘most radical shake up of social housing in 50 years’. Social housing provides a permanent home to some of the poorest, most socially excluded and vulnerable people in our society. It is vital that central and local government are accountable for ensuring the rights and well-being of social tenants are protected, and that tenants have adequate means of redress. Read summary and download 

Response: Relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2011

This paper sets out our views on the proposal to make permitted development a change of use from commercial use to residential use. In the Annex we answer the specific consultation questions. Read summary and download 

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