Local Housing Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2020 to Question 901399, what her policy is on the proportion of housing rents that Local Housing Allowance rates should cover in (a) Lambeth and Southwark, (b) London and (c) the rest of England outside London.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) policy is designed to ensure a fair balance between public spending and supporting vulnerable people to meet their housing costs. LHA rates are not intended to meet all rents in all areas.

From April 2020 LHA rates will be increased by CPI, up to a maximum of the 30th percentile of local rents. The national maximum caps have also been increased by CPI which means those rates in London that are currently capped will also receive a CPI increase.

For people in particular circumstances who may require more support, discretionary housing payments are available.

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