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: 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 

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 

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