Response - Changes to Local Housing Allowance

By: Francesca Albanese  Published: September 2009


We do not agree with the proposals to amend Housing Benefit regulations from April 2010 so that claimants are unable to receive up to a £15 excess of their weekly LHA over and above their contractual rent

Summary

Whilst one of the unintended consequences for the Government of the £15 excess provision has been an overspend in their housing benefit budget, at this stage the decision to remove this both undermines the original policy intentions of LHA, but also comes ahead of the DWP two year LHA review due in 2010. We feel there are anomalies in addressing this issue now ahead of the planned review, as well as raising questions relating to what the LHA programme has set out to achieve.

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