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: TSA consultation on affordable rent

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2011

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation. As an adviser of people in housing need and social tenants, we have a strong interest in the standards that apply to the provision of low-cost rented accommodation in England. Read summary and download 

Response - Proposals for the reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2011

Shelter is greatly concerned by the Government’s proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales. We believe that if the Government goes ahead with the proposals as they currently stand, the consequences will be far reaching both for the clients of legal aid and for the organisations that deliver advice services to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. We simply cannot reconcile the Government’s claims to protect the most vulnerable with the proposals to reform legal aid in this way. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill - Committee Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2011

The briefing below looks at the two relevant sections of the Localism Bill, briefly outlines some of the government rationale for the reforms and some of the reasons we oppose them. Read summary and download 

Briefing - Legal Aid Reforms

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

On 15 November 2010, the Government published its proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales. Although the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) says its approach is to protect the most vulnerable in our society, Shelter believes that these reforms will significantly restrict access to justice for those who are already disadvantaged by poverty and social exclusion. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill 2nd Reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

The Localism Bill will result in wide ranging changes to housing and planning, which represent a fundamental shift in policy to a more localised system. A large number of these proposals are welcome yet Shelter has a number of key concerns regarding some proposed measures. Read summary and download 

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