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: 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 

Response: Legal Aid Bill evidence submission

Applicable to: 
Published:  July 2011

This bill will impose devastating cuts on legal aid funding for specialist advice to help people solve their housing, debt and welfare benefits problems at an early stage so that issues are less likely to develop into expensive court proceedings. For the sake of saving just £49m, huge knock-on costs will be generated by these cuts. Legal aid for social welfare issues only constitutes 5% of the total cost of legal aid but is being disproportionately hit, losing over a third of its budget. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2nd reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2011

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will impose devastating cuts on legal aid funding for specialist advice to help people solve their housing, debt and welfare benefits problems at an early stage so that they less likely to develop into expensive court proceedings. For the sake of saving just £49m, huge knock-on costs will be generated by these cuts. Read summary and download 

Response: Social Security Advisory Committee: Housing Benefit regulations

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Published:  June 2011

Shelter is deeply concerned at plans announced in the October Spending Review to extend the threshold of the Shared Room Rate - now re-named the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) - to 35 years old for single adults without dependent children. Shelter has previously called for the total abolition of the SAR because of its detrimental impact on the housing of those subject to it. We are deeply concerned that rather than addressing the pre-existing problems with the rule, the Government intends to increase the number assessed under the SAR by more than 40 per cent. Read summary and download 

Housing benefit changes – timetable for implementation

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Published:  June 2011

The changes to housing benefit will undermine the housing safety net for people who lose their jobs and need temporary financial help to keep their homes, as well as affecting those who are in work but on very low incomes, or who are unable to work due to old age or disability. Read summary and download 

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