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: A better deal - towards more stable private renting

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

Private renting is becoming the new normal. It is the only choice for a growing population of young families and working people on average incomes at a settled stage of their life. Most, like generations past, want to buy – but realistically will be stuck renting for the foreseeable future. Therefore, now is the time to ask: does renting offer long-term renters the stability they need in their home? Can renting work better for renters and landlords? Shelter sets out the case for change and puts forward practical, considered recommendations for a rental offer that improves landlords’ returns and gives renters the chance of a real home. Read summary and download 

Response: Pay to Stay consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2012

Any policy to amend the setting of social rents must be considered in terms of the benefits it will bring to people in housing need and be based on a thorough impact assessment. The data and estimates cited in the consultation are not referenced, making it difficult to assess the potential impact of this policy. Read summary and download 

Response: Discretionary Housing Payments good practice manual

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2012

Discretionary Housing Payments have been Ministers’ preferred solution for addressing the “hard cases” that will arise as a result of housing benefit cuts. In Shelter’s view this is an inappropriate response and specific exemptions should have been agreed. The role of DHPs appears to be increasingly shifting from emergency short-term assistance to a long-term solution to funding services. Our response to the DWP consultation on good practice for DHPs makes a number of recommendations. Read summary and download 

Response: Homelessness (suitability) consultation

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2012

Shelter strongly welcomes the draft Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) Regulations. However, there are a number of areas where we believe the regulations should be significantly strengthened if they are to provide adequate protection to the most vulnerable homeless households. Read summary and download 

Response: SSAC universal credit consultation

Applicable to: 
Published:  August 2012

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Universal Credit draft regulations. The Welfare Reform Act is a skeletal act and we were concerned that some areas of policy detail were not sufficiently developed to allow adequate scrutiny during the parliamentary process. We therefore are pleased that SSAC is now scrutinising the regulations. Read summary and download 

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