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

How will changes to Local Housing Allowance affect low-income tenants in private rented housing?

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2010

In its first budget of June 2010, the new UK government announced changes to Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which are welfare payments that help tenants with low incomes pay their rent. This research examines the effects of the changes on around one million tenants in private rented housing in Britain whose housing is supported by LHA. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Review of Poverty and Life Chances

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2010

This briefing addresses two of the aims of the Review of Poverty and Life Chances chaired by the Rt Hon Frank Field MP: to examine the case for reforms to poverty measures and to explore how children’s home environment affects their life chances. Read summary and download 

Campaigns briefing: Housing and Reoffending

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2010

The prison population of England and Wales currently stands at more than 85,000, and the average cost of keeping an inmate in prison is around £45,000 a year. In such a challenging fiscal climate, it is vital that cost effective policies to cut reoffending rates are fully explored. Read summary and download 

Response - Law Society Access to Justice Review

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2010

As a national provider of social welfare law, we are only too aware of the issues in legal aid at present. The announcement of the Ministry of Justice’s 'fundamental look' at legal aid, following on from the Magee Review, makes this a timely contribution to the debate over the future of access to justice and publicly funded legal services. Read summary and download 

Response - Council housing: a real future

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2010

Shelter supports the replacement of the current Housing Revenue Account subsidy system, which is no longer financially sustainable to any local council. We are therefore very pleased that the Coalition Government is committed to action to overhaul the system. Read summary and download 

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