Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was introduced on 7 April 2008 to provide Housing Benefit entitlement for tenants renting private sector accommodation in England, Scotland and Wales. The LHA system introduced significant changes to the way Housing Benefit (HB) levels are restricted and how benefit is paid. It does not replace Housing Benefit - it is just a different way of calculating entitlement under the existing Housing Benefit scheme. Its aim is to improve levels of transparency when calculating Housing Benefit. Under LHA, a flat allowance is used to decide the eligible rent of all claimants with similar sized households living in a broad rental market area, rather than tying the level of benefit to the individual property. This is supposed to provide an incentive for those on Housing Benefit to find cheaper accommodation.

Read more about Local Housing AllowanceBackground, Operation of Local Housing Allowance, Eligibility, Transition Arrangements, Council and Housing Association Tenants, Direct Payments, LHA Rates, Appeals, Criticisms

Other articles related to "housing, local, local housing allowance, local housing":

University Of Houston - Student Life - Housing
... The Quadrangle, also known as "The Quad," is the oldest housing area on campus and consists of several coed dorm halls Bates, Law, Oberholtzer, Settegast, and Taub ... In addition to traditional dormitories, Cougar Place is an apartment-style housing consisting of 400 units ... will soon be demolished and replaced with a new on-campus housing for sophomores ...
List Of Statutory Instruments Of The United Kingdom, 2007 - 2801-2900
2007/2837 Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2007/2851 Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 S.I. 2007/2868 Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 S.I ...
London Borough Of Waltham Forest - Housing
... Waltham Forest was one of six local authorities to set up a Housing Action Trust under the Housing Act 1988 ... transferred its redeveloped estates to Community-based Housing Association and shut down in April 2002 ... The remaining Council housing in the borough is now managed by an arms-length management organisation, Ascham Homes ...
Local Housing Allowance - Criticisms
... Questions of fairness of the Local Housing Allowance system were raised when it was revealed in October 2008 that a family in the London borough of Ealing was receiving £150,000 a year in Local Housing Allowance to ... Furthermore, costs of Housing Benefit have been rising above inflation despite static caseloads." The transition from the old housing benefit system to Local Housing ... As an example, the Local Reference Rent for the largest type of house in the East Thames Valley locality in March 2009 was £328.85 per week, while the ...
Housing Benefit - Local Housing Allowance
... a new rent restriction policy for the calculation of Housing Benefit for private tenants called Local Housing Allowance ... Old scheme cases where the local authority decided the level of restriction based on the cost of suitable alternative accommodation (in operation from 15 ... provides for an incentive to encourage tenants on Housing Benefit to seek cheaper properties because if the tenant moves into cheaper accommodation, the tenant gets to keep the difference (up to a maximum of £15 ...

Famous quotes containing the words allowance, local and/or housing:

    Some interests have got a footing on the earth which we have not made sufficient allowance for.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    While it may not heighten our sympathy, wit widens our horizons by its flashes, revealing remote hidden affiliations and drawing laughter from far afield; humor, in contrast, strikes up fellow feeling, and though it does not leap so much across time and space, enriches our insight into the universal in familiar things, lending it a local habitation and a name.
    —Marie Collins Swabey. Comic Laughter, ch. 5, Yale University Press (1961)

    We have been weakened in our resistance to the professional anti-Communists because we know in our hearts that our so-called democracy has excluded millions of citizens from a normal life and the normal American privileges of health, housing and education.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970)