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: CLG consultation on National Planning Framework

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2011

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to shape the new National Planning Policy Framework, which will consolidate all existing planning policy statements, circulars and guidance documents into a single consolidated guidance document. Read summary and download 

The Impact of Welfare Reform Bill measures on affordability for low income private renting families

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2011

The Welfare Reform Bill, introduced 16 Feb 2011, contains two important measures which will affect Local Housing Allowance claimants (LHA) living in the private rented sector. These effects are on top of changes to the calculation method and the payment caps announced in the 2010 budget and passed into law in November 2010. This research, carried out by Shelter and Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), finds that these further changes will have a severe impact on private renting families’ ability to find decent affordable homes in areas with higher employment. Read summary and download 

Response - Proposals for the reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2011

Shelter is greatly concerned by the Government’s proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales. We believe that if the Government goes ahead with the proposals as they currently stand, the consequences will be far reaching both for the clients of legal aid and for the organisations that deliver advice services to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. We simply cannot reconcile the Government’s claims to protect the most vulnerable with the proposals to reform legal aid in this way. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill - Committee Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2011

The briefing below looks at the two relevant sections of the Localism Bill, briefly outlines some of the government rationale for the reforms and some of the reasons we oppose them. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Localism Bill 2nd Reading

Applicable to: England
Published:  January 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 large number of these proposals are welcome yet Shelter has a number of key concerns regarding some proposed measures. Read summary and download 

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