Local Housing Allowance: Greater London:Written question - 66078

Asked on: 01 March 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Local Housing Allowance: Greater London
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons there is no planned increase in the local housing allowance rate for any property size in the Outer North East London Broad Rental Market Area under the Targeted Affordability Funding concession in 2017-18.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 March 2017

The level of Targeted Affordability Funding for 2017/18 was set by Treasury. The allocation of this fixed funding pot has been based on ranking all 960 LHA rates in Great Britain according to the share of the private rental market they can afford in each area according to the latest available rent officer data, with a 3% increase applied to the 48 uncapped LHA rates below the 5th percentile of market rents. All five LHA rates for the Outer North East London Broad Rental Market Area were assessed as above the 5th percentile of market rents and therefore did not qualify for a Targeted Affordability Funding increase in 2017/18.

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