Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Government Lifts LHA Cap For PRS But Benefit Rates Remain Frozen

Ministers will raise the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap for private sector renters for the first time since 2015 – although benefit rates will remain frozen. n April, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will raise the cap on how much housing-related benefit tenants can claim by 3% for 2018/19. That means areas where LHA rates are currently up against the cap will be able to receive Targeted Affordability Funding (TAF) for the first time. The move could take pressure off Discretionary Housing Payment funding in these areas – top-up funds administered by councils to help people whose housing-related benefit falls short of their rent. Read more on Inside Housing.

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