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

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 

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 - 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 

Response: Local Decisions - a fairer future for social housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

We agree with the CLG assessment that the proposals contained in this consultation would lead to 'the most radical reform of social housing in a generation'. We are therefore greatly concerned about the manner in which this consultation has been conducted. Our response focuses on the proposals set out in the consultation paper on homelessness discharge of duty, security of tenure in social housing, and allocation of social housing. Read summary and download 

Housing Investment Part 2

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 2011

This research briefing is the second in a series of papers that assesses the economic impacts of public investment in housing. Housing Investment Part 2 sets out how investment in housing can support local economic growth through housing affordability and place competitiveness. Read summary and download 

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