Local Housing Allowance: Rents

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 9 March 2023.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of local authorities in which the LHA meets the 30th percentile of local rents; if he will take steps to (a) increase the LHA rates so they meet the 30th percentile of local rents in all areas and (b) provide funding for social landlords to buy the homes of mortgaged homeowners who are unable to pay their mortgages; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Local Housing Allowance's rates are set for each Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA). These areas can encompass more than one local authority, and local authorities can also be split between two BRMAs. As a result, we cannot provide this information at the local authority level.

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