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

Housing benefit changes – timetable for implementation

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Published:  June 2011

The changes to housing benefit will undermine the housing safety net for people who lose their jobs and need temporary financial help to keep their homes, as well as affecting those who are in work but on very low incomes, or who are unable to work due to old age or disability. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill - Commons Report Stage and Third Reading

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Published:  June 2011

Shelter supports the principles of the new Universal Credit, the major piece of reform contained in the Welfare Reform Bill. However, the Bill will also introduce a second wave of cuts to housing benefit, undermining the housing safety net for people who lose their jobs and need temporary financial help to keep their homes, as well as affecting those who are in work but on very low incomes, or who are unable to work due to old age or disability. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill - Lords Second Reading

Applicable to: Scotland
Published:  June 2011

The Localism Bill will result in wide ranging changes to housing and planning, which represent a fundamental shift in policy to a more localised system. A number of these proposals are welcome, yet Shelter has key concerns regarding some proposed measures. At a time when the housing safety net is needed more than ever, these reforms critically damage it by: • Undermining the legal duty towards homeless people • Removing security in social housing (reducing incentives to work) Read summary and download 

Repossessions Hotspots

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2011

Shelter has conducted this research to create a national picture of England’s repossession hotspots. These hotspots are identified as areas with the highest proportion of homeowners who have been issued with a possession order for their home, and are therefore at serious risk of repossession. Read summary and download 

Response - DCLG Draft Statistics Plan for 2011/12

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2011

Statistics produced by DCLG form a vital part of the evidence base supporting Shelter's work concerning homelessness and bad housing. Read summary and download 

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