To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of Local Housing Rates on the availability of private sector rented accommodation to homeless people.
We know that there are varied and complex reasons behind a person’s homelessness, including the availability of private rented sector accommodation, which this Government is taking steps to address.
Following the 4 year freeze to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates this Government is now delivering on the manifesto commitment to end the benefit freeze. From April 2020 LHA rates will be uprated by CPI – an increase of 1.7 per cent in line with wider benefit uprating.
In addition, since 2011 we have provided over £1 billion in Discretionary Housing Payment funding, enabling local authorities to protect the most vulnerable claimants and supporting households to adapt to housing support reforms.
We recently announced an extra £40 million in Discretionary Housing Payments for 2020/21, helping to tackle the most acute affordability pressures in the private rented sector.
The increase will mean the majority of people in receipt of housing support in the Private Rented Sector will see their housing support increase on average by around £10 per month.