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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.