Local Housing Allowance (LHA) Changes
Wednesday 21st November 2012 - 9:41am

From April 2011, LHA rates will be capped at the following:


£250 pw for a 1 bedroom property


£290 pw for a 2 bedroom property


£340 pw for a 3 bedroom property


£400 pw for a 4 bedroom property




• From April 2011, the removal of the five bedroom LHA rate so that the maximum LHA rate is the four bedroom rate


• From April 2011, the £15 excess that some customers can receive under the LHA arrangements will be removed.


• From April 2011, LHA rates will be set at the 30th percentile of local rents rather than the median (50th percentile)


• From April 2012 the age threshold for the shared room rate will rise from 25 to 35


• From 2013/14, LHA rates will be uprated on the basis of the Consumer Price Index (CPI)


• From 2011-14 there will be staged increases in non-dependent deductions to bring them up to the level they would have been had they been fully uprated since 2001


• From 2013/14, working age people in social housing will no longer be able to claim HB on a property deemed bigger than their needs