Housing Benefit & Local Housing Allowance
How is Local Housing Allowance worked out
The amount of Local Housing Allowance you receive depends on
- who lives with you
- which area you live in
- how much money you have coming in
- what savings you have
- the number of rooms you need
The Local Housing Allowance rate is determined by calculating how many bedrooms you need based on who lives with you.
One bedroom is allowed for
- every adult couple
- any other adult aged 16 or over
- any two children regardless of sex aged under age 10
- any two children of the same sex aged under 16, and
- any other child
However the room rate is now capped to a maximum of the four room rate.
This is a change in the Regulations which took effect from 1st April 2011.
- you are a new claimant who makes a claim for Housing Benefit whose room allowance is five or more your claim will be restricted to the appropriate four room rate
- you are an existing claimant already in receipt of the LHA rate for five or more bedrooms, upon review of your claim the appropriate four room rate will be applied to your claim. However, for the first 26 weeks after the review date (known as the transitions period), the LHA rate payable may be maintained at the higher rate paid before the review. During the 26 weeks transition period, there will be the opportunity to exercise choice and look for alternative cheaper accommodation, or re-negotiate the rental contract.
- you are an existing claimant ,already in receipt of the five room rate, but you move to a new address, your claim for your new address will be restricted to the appropriate four room rate.
The number of other rooms is ignored for this purpose as all tenants are entitled to these.
Pages in this section
- Housing Benefit
- Local Housing Allowance
- Who cannot make a claim
- Who is affected by Local Housing Allowance
- The area you live in
- How is Local Housing Allowance worked out
- Local Housing Allowance rates
- Single Persons aged under 35 years
- FAQS - Local Housing Allowance
- Local Housing Allowance changes from 1 April 2011