Jamie Reed MP the other day on the subject :
@jreedmp Hi, further to our exchange earlier i thought i would pass this on > disabilityrightsuk.org/f44.htm 4.1 is fairly clear.
— Billy Bowden(@Ontablets) March 10, 2013
It links to this site
"Local housing allowance (LHA) is the housing benefit paid to most tenants who rent from private landlords.
The amount of LHA you can get largely depends on how many bedrooms your home has, and the maximum rent allowed for properties in your area."
They go on to explain who it applies to and when from :
"Local housing allowance only applies to private tenants who are making a new claim for housing benefit or who made a claim after 7 April 2008."
Oh! 2008 you say! , Lets now see how the LHA is calculated :
The amount of local housing allowance you can receive will depend on:
- the maximum rent allowed for properties in your area
- the number of rooms you need.
"When you make a claim for LHA, you’ll be assessed as needing a bedroom for each of the following people in your household:
- adult couple
- other person aged 16 or over
- any two children of the same sex up to the age of 16
- any two children regardless of sex under the age of 10
- any other child."
Your options could include:
- applying to the council for a discretionary housing payment
- looking at your monthly outgoings to see if you can make any savings
- negotiating a cheaper rent with your landlord, in return for the council making your LHA payments directly to them
- moving somewhere cheaper
‘The LHA is a central part of the Government’s wider programme of benefit reform. It’s a radical change to the way Housing Benefit is paid in the private rented sector and will help people take action towards managing their own bank accounts, making it easier for them to move off benefits and in to work."
However just a few weeks ago Mr Timms described it as :
So its perverse to use the same rules on public tenants that are used for private tenants that Labour itself introduced?
Labour cannot say they oppose the policy as they introduced the principle of it in 2008, just remember that when you see them tweet about it.
They really dont get this "One Nation" notion at all.
Note : When reading the BBC piece i came across this :
"The new rules will affect less well-off tenants who are paid housing benefit to help with rent on council housing or housing association properties - but not those renting in the private sector."
That could be because they were affected when the rules changed for private tenants in 2008 maybe?