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

Report: Letting Agencies: the price you pay

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2013

Shelter is concerned by the increasing number of renters we see affected by poor service and high fees in the lettings market. Our policy report outlines reforms to improve standards and tackle the unpredictable costs associated with using a letting agency. Read summary and download 

Response: Transforming Legal Aid

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2013

Shelter is extremely concerned about the effect of further cuts to legal aid on the most vulnerable people that we see. These proposals will take away a major part of the safety net that stands between families and the street and we urge the government not to proceed with them. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Legal Aid

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2013

The government is proposing drastic new changes to legal aid which will have a huge impact on Shelter’s ability to help homeless people. This comes shortly after the implementation of huge cuts to civil legal aid affecting housing, debt and welfare cases in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Read summary and download 

The experiences of families claiming LHA

Applicable to: 
Published:  May 2013

In June 2010 the new Coalition Government announced its Emergency Budget. This spending planwas explicitly designed to reduce the deficit and included £2billion cuts to housing benefit. The Government also announced its longer term intention to reform the benefits system (‘21st CenturyWelfare’), which was described as too complex and not one which encouraged claimants to work. This report investigates how these reforms have been implemented and the impact on families. Read summary and download 

Growing up renting: A childhood spent in private rented homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  May 2013

Our rental market is having a damaging impact on children’s lives. A third of private renters are now families with children and our new research – the largest survey of renters to date – shows that they are the most badly affected by the volatility and uncertainty of the rental market: Read summary and download 

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