Local Housing Allowance:Written question - 274447

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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
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Asked on: 08 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Local Housing Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the proportion of single room properties that were affordable for local housing allowance claimants in each region of England in (a) 2010 and (b) the most recent period for which data is available.
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Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 11 July 2019

In 2010, Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates were set at the 50th percentile of local rents, so half of non-housing benefit properties in the private rented sector were available within the LHA rate.

The proportion of non-housing benefit single room accommodation available within the LHA rate by region in England for 2018/19 are as follows:

East Midlands

15%

Eastern

13%

London

8%

North East

14%

North West

15%

South East

14%

South West

15%

West Midlands

16%

Yorkshire & The Humber

21%

Note: figures are exclusive of housing benefit properties as the lettings data used to calculate the LHA is exclusive of tenancies where the claimant is in receipt of housing benefit.

There are no current plans to extend or maintain the LHA Freeze after March 2020. Specific decisions on how to uprate the Local Housing Allowance rates from April 2020 will form part of the discussions in support of fiscal events later this year.

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