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: Review of the impact of changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2018

Shelter's submission to the MoJ shows that the LASPO changes along with associated administrative changes to the legal aid system are severely compromising our ability to help people resolve their housing and homelessness problems and secure access to justice. An increasingly crisis-driven approach to housing advice in general, and the removal from scope of welfare benefits, and housing benefit in particular, is leaving people to fall through the net and not helping to prevent homelessness. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Stop DSS Discrimination

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2018

A Shelter and National Housing Federation research report looking at the extent of 'No DSS' practices in the lettings industry. Read summary and download 

Shelter Response: Consultation on Universal Credit managed migration

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2018

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to this inquiry. More than 4.7 million people came to Shelter for help last year for help with housing and homelessness problems across England and Scotland. Read summary and download 

Rents rises vs. wage rises in England 2011-2017

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2018

Since 2011 rents in England have increased 60% faster than wages. At a time when the size of the private rented sector is increasing rapidly this demonstrates the need urgent need to ensure that the PRS is providing a safe, secure and affordable home to all those living in it. Our research compares rent rises with wage rises in local authorities across England since 2011. Read summary and download 

Consultation response: APPG Poverty inquiry into the Poverty Premium

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2018

Low-income households face additional costs in accessing housing. Shelter welcomes this opportunity to submit evidence to the APPG on Poverty's inquiry into the poverty premium. Read summary and download 

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