LHA Contact your MP
Stand up for one million renters facing homelessness
In Britain today, working hard is no longer enough. You can have a full-time job and still not afford the cheapest rent in your area, even with the help of benefits. Every year, more and more people will be forced into homelessness as the burden of their rent becomes too much.
Unless we act now.
The government must reverse cuts to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) as a matter of urgency. LHA is the benefit people receive to cover their rent in the private rented sector. If we don’t act now, over a million households are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020.
By unfreezing LHA payments, the government will be giving a million hard-pressed renters the relief they desperately need.
Join other Shelter supporters and ask your MP to call on the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to unfreeze LHA.
We’ve drafted a template message for you to build on. You can either send it as an e-mail, or write it in a letter.
To get started, find out who your MP is.
I’m a local constituent and Shelter supporter who feels very strongly about the need to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which is the housing benefit given to people in the private rented sector.
It’s now harder than ever to make ends meet. That’s why I’m writing to ask you to raise the impact of the LHA freeze to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement.A daily struggle
All over the country households are affected by the LHA freeze — people are having to choose between heating their homes, or putting food on the table. This isn’t fair or acceptable.
I need you to be a voice for people struggling with their rent as a result of the LHA freeze. Please ask the Chancellor to unfreeze LHA payments as a matter of urgency.Raising homelessness
If action isn’t taken now, over a million people in Britain could be at risk of becoming homeless by 2020. LHA rates are failing to keep up with even the cheapest rents. And now LHA doesn’t even cover the lowest rents in 79% of England. These monthly shortfalls are over £500 a month in some places.
I know the government has shown its good intentions with the Homelessness Reduction Act. But the LHA freeze is forcing people into rent arrears and ultimately out of their homes.
Please raise the LHA freeze with Philip Hammond ahead of the Autumn Statement, and ask him to give more than one million renters desperately needed relief.
Thank you for your time.