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

Local Housing Allowance and direct payment - giving claimants a choice

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the new form of housing benefit for private rented sector tenants. Government has been rolling it out nationally since April 2008. Read summary and download 

Response - Lender repossession of residential property: protection of tenants

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Shelter strongly supports this consultation on protection of tenants in cases of landlord mortgage default. We have actively campaigned for better legal protection for tenants for over a year, and continue to see numerous cases of sudden eviction following landlord repossession, through our face to face and helpline advice services. Read summary and download 

Response - Community Infrastructure Levy

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

As an organisation representing people in housing need a key part of our work is focused on ensuring that government policy and practice is geared towards increasing the delivery of new homes, most critically affordable homes. While Shelter supports the concept of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), and the principle that communities share the benefit of planning gain, we do have serious concerns with aspects of the consultation document and draft regulations that may adversely affect the delivery of affordable housing. Read summary and download 

Response - Fair and Flexible

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2009

Shelter strongly supports the Government’s view that overall priority for social housing should go to those in the greatest housing need. Consequently, we welcome the statement in the Ministerial Foreword that the Government does not propose to change the ‘reasonable preference’ criteria which prioritises, amongst others, those with serious medical conditions, living in overcrowded conditions or having experienced homelessness. Read summary and download 

Response - Building a new regulatory framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2009

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Tenant Services Authority’s (TSA) discussion paper Building a new regulatory framework. Read summary and download 

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