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 - CLG consultation on definiton of affordable housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2011

Affordable Rented housing should not be defined as a form of social housing, in that it is unlikely to meet the needs of many households that are eligible for social housing for a secure and affordable home without increased welfare dependency and risk of repeat homelessness. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill - second reading

Applicable to: 
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: 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: 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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