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 - Amendments to the Rent Officers Order 1997

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the DWP consultation on amending the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Order 1997 and the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Order 1997. Our response is divided into two sections: the first addresses our wider concerns about broad rental market areas (BRMAs) and localities, and the impact these have on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Local Reference Rates (LRR); and the second outlines Shelter’s specific comments on the amendments put forward to the Rent Officers Order. Read summary and download 

Response - Transforming places, changing lives

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation – Transforming places; changing lives: A framework for regeneration. Regeneration presents the opportunity to develop localised responses to address deprivation and need. Focusing regeneration in particular areas enables coordinated planning of housing, social infrastructure and promotion of economic growth. Housing is an essential element of, and in many cases will lead, regeneration programmes. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing - Worklessness and social housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

The Hills Review of social housing found that nearly one-third of the nine million people not in work in England were resident in the social rented sector. This briefing looks at the reasons behind this high rate of worklessness, considers government initiatives to combat such worklessness, and puts forward options for reform. Read summary and download 

Response - No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

Shelter welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Work and Pensions consultation, No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility. The consultation sets out very ambitious plans to reform the welfare system. Read summary and download 

Response - Gangmasters Licensing Authority Licensing Standards

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

As a housing and homelessness organisation, we have been particularly concerned at the growing body of evidence which documents both the poor housing conditions of migrant workers and the increase in destitution among this group. We have recently published a discussion paper on this subject, No place like home? Addressing the issues of housing and migration, which is available on this website. According to recent research, new migrants have little choice over the type and location of the housing they live in during their early years of settlement. Their circumstances are dominated by constraining factors and often bear little relation to the settlement patterns of long-standing residents. The housing experience of many new migrants is characterised by instability. Read summary and download 

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