Local Housing Allowance:Written question - 286109

Asked by Frank Field
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Local Housing Allowance
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reinstate local housing allowance rates to the 30th percentile.
Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 09 September 2019
The Government took the difficult decision to freeze LHA rates for 4 years from 2016-17 as part of efforts to bring welfare spending under control.

The Government recognises that the impact of the freeze will differ across the country, and has recycled 50% of the savings from the LHA freeze to increase LHA rates in areas where rental growth has been strongest.

In addition, as part of the 2019 Spending Round, the Chancellor announced an additional £40m in funding for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2020-21 to help Local Authorities protect the most vulnerable claimants.

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