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Local Housing Allowance

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Copley Tom Copley Labour

The Chancellor’s Spending Round in September announced no new funding for the Local Housing Allowance, which has been frozen since 2016. What has the impact of this been on Londoners, and what will the impact be if this continues beyond 2020?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The freeze in LHA rates is one of a series of measures introduced since 2011 that have fuelled arrears, evictions, and homelessness in London. It has forced claimants to put benefits intended to cover living costs towards their rent, and it has made it more challenging and costly for London boroughs and other services to help people threatened with homelessness.

Unless the Government beings LHA rates back in line with market rents, these trends will continue. That is why I am urging the Government to do so, along with the broad coalition of organisations supporting the ‘Cover the cost’ campaign spearheaded by Crisis.