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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 3:39 pm, 4th May 2020

LHA is done on the basis of certain housing areas, and the Chancellor announced a significant change in order to bring this up to the 30th percentile. I say to my right hon. Friend that councils across the country have been receiving discretionary housing payments—separate from the hardship fund. That was ongoing, and we added £40 million to it for this financial year prior to this situation. I encourage anyone who is still struggling in his local area to go directly to the council for some support.