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: SRA consultation on Alternative Business Structures Fee Structures

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is applying to become a Licensing Authority for alternative business structures (ABS) under the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA). The principle that the SRA has adopted to the development of the regulatory framework for ABS is that consumers of legal services, whether from traditional firms or ABS, should enjoy the same levels of service and regulation. Read summary and download 

Response: DWP Social Fund call for evidence

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Published:  April 2011

Shelter is concerned that this call for evidence has been launched in tandem with the Welfare Reform Bill, which will abolish the Social Fund. We are disappointed that the Bill received its second reading before this enquiry was concluded and are concerned that the relevant clause could reach committee stage before responses have been collated. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill - second reading

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Published:  March 2011

This briefing sets out Shelter’s response to the Welfare Reform Bill, which was published in February 2011 Read summary and download 

The Impact of Welfare Reform Bill measures on affordability for low income private renting families

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2011

The Welfare Reform Bill, introduced 16 Feb 2011, contains two important measures which will affect Local Housing Allowance claimants (LHA) living in the private rented sector. These effects are on top of changes to the calculation method and the payment caps announced in the 2010 budget and passed into law in November 2010. This research, carried out by Shelter and Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), finds that these further changes will have a severe impact on private renting families’ ability to find decent affordable homes in areas with higher employment. Read summary and download 

Response: CLG consultation on National Planning Framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2011

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to shape the new National Planning Policy Framework, which will consolidate all existing planning policy statements, circulars and guidance documents into a single consolidated guidance document. Read summary and download 

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