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Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (7 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: ...much more restricted. Younger workers are usually paid less commensurate with their post and experience, which of course does not make them any less professional, and their ability to access things like housing benefit, the limits on local housing allowance and the shared occupancy rate all have an impact on their securing housing in the first place. How much they are required to top up...

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (5 Jun 2018)

...areas of the country, such as the north-east, a lot of letting agents will go that extra mile for the tenant, to help them apply for benefits and with their benefits paperwork. They do it because applying for the local housing allowance—or now universal credit—is an incredibly complicated process. Therefore, they sit there with the tenant and go through the application processes.

Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL] - Committee (11 May 2018)

Lord Blencathra: ...or council tax payment, it could lead to complete credit exclusion or higher cost credit. The rollout of universal credit is expected to lead to a significant increase in rent arrears for housing benefit claimants. Similarly, private tenants face rising rents and a freeze on local housing allowance rates. In evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on 28 February this year, both...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare State: Mental Illness (16 Apr 2018)

Sarah Newton: ...the return for investment for those who are harder to help. The key area on recommendation 11 is to stress that “The Government announced in October 2017 that it no longer intends to extend Local Housing Allowance rates to social sector tenants and in particular to those living in supported housing. The Government has also made clear that it is keen to ensure that those living in...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

David Drew: ...do so, because it recognises that it must supply such support. We have also had a 30% increase during the past year in homelessness applications, which is another driver. One thing for the Minister to address is the local housing allowance. In a previous debate, I argued that the simple fact that Stroud is included with Gloucester and the Forest of Dean causes us problems. We are an area...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Philippa Whitford: ...families. The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 cut that to £23,000 in London and to £20,000 elsewhere in the UK. That affected 88,000 families, who lost either £3,000 or £6,000 from their income. In 2011 we saw the local housing allowance brought in to cut what was paid for those living in the private sector. It reduced housing allowance from the median in their area...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2018)

Melanie Onn: ...of the Government’s proposals on refuges. The reality for the funding of refuges is that, following an oversight—if I am going to be generous—by the Government, supported housing, including refuges, was included in the local housing allowance caps. A review into the funding of supported housing ended on 23 January, but the Minister has said today that there will be yet...

Social Security (Contributions) (Rates, Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations 2018 - Motions to Approve (6 Mar 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ...year freeze has not been debated: that is, the four-year freeze on child benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, housing benefit, women’s state pension age, local housing allowance rates, child tax credit, working tax credit and universal credit. These regulations contain only one substantive element—namely, that CPI inflation is...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Melanie Onn: ...the most basic options. It is absolutely clear that we must find genuine solutions to this 21st-century scandal. There are now over 120,000 children living in temporary accommodation. The four-year freeze of the local housing allowance that started in 2016 has, according to Shelter’s research, the potential to put over 1 million households at risk of homelessness by 2020, so are the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Housing (27 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: ...other households, particularly where it may help claimants as they move into work. Direct payment of Housing Benefit to private sector tenants was introduced nationally from 2008 as part of the Local Housing Allowance scheme. We do however recognise that in a small minority of cases some claimants may not utilise their Housing Benefit for the purposes of paying their rent. There are...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: ...he needs to meet London’s housing need? High London rents mean low-income families are likely to face a shortfall between their housing benefit and their rent. However, the Government have not only failed to back new homebuilding but also cut local housing allowance for private sector tenants in 2011, and then introduced the benefit cap in 2013, which they lowered further in 2016....

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: ...need that support to get by, regardless of the rise in household costs, and regardless of widespread opposition to the continuation of the freeze. Jobseeker’s allowance, child and working tax credit, local housing allowance, income support, child benefit, and the work-related activity group element of employment and support allowance have all been frozen. That means that people who...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Heather Wheeler: ...new funding approach has real benefits, many of which, I am pleased to confirm, align with the Joint Committee’s report. I remind hon. Members that we confirmed in the policy statement that we would not apply local housing allowance rates to tenants in supported housing or the wider social rented sector. In line with the Committee’s recommendation, we also announced that we...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: ...to universal credit, 64% of private landlords said the changes did not give them more confidence to let properties to tenants in receipt of universal credit. Overall, one of the key reasons for arrears is the level of local housing allowance. LHA rates simply have not kept up with sharply rising rents. They were first cut by the coalition in 2011, and then increases were capped at 1% in...

Supported Housing (21 Dec 2017)

Graham Jones: The Minister claims that he wants to help the young vulnerable homeless, yet in my constituency the Crossroads hostel for homeless young people is funded by the Salvation Army, the local housing allowance and Lancashire County Council. This Government are butchering Lancashire County Council’s budgets. How can he reassure me that Crossroads will stay open?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance (21 Dec 2017)

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2017 to Question 111137, on local housing allowance, if he will make such an assessment.

Local Authority Housing (20 Dec 2017)

David Drew: ...to the local authority district measurement. That shows the scale of the problem. We need to replicate those 230 houses on a regular basis. An additional problem is that Stroud is included in the same local housing allowance area as Gloucester, which is a lower rent area. So, because Stroud has higher rents, the differential between the benefit available and the rents charged means that...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Lloyd Russell-Moyle: Does my hon. Friend agree that some of the wider measures, such as forcing through universal credit and local housing allowance caps, are forcing large numbers of people out on to the streets?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance (13 Dec 2017)

David Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many amendments he has made to the Local Housing Allowance areas over the last five years, and whether he plans to make further revisions.

Domestic Violence Refuges: Funding — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: ...? Frankly, the Government appear to have stumbled into their current position on refuges. Changes to funding were initially announced two years ago in the 2015 autumn statement, capping housing benefit at local housing allowance rates and ignoring the significantly higher costs that supported housing incurs compared with general housing. My hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West...


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