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Local Housing Allowance Cap

​From April 2019, if you live in social housing, the amount of help you get towards your rent – either though Housing Benefit or Universal Credit - may be capped at the Local Housing Allowance rate that applies to you. This could mean a drop in the amount of help you get. 

This is because changes mean that if the amount you are entitled to under the Local Housing Allowance rules is less than the amount you would get under the ‘Bedroom Tax’ rules, the help you get will be based on the lower amount.

So, if the Local Housing Allowance rate applicable to you in your area is lower than the amount of help you are entitled to at the moment, and you have no change in your circumstances, you may see a reduction in the help you can get from April 2019. You can check The Local Housing Allowance rates for your area here.

Will this apply to me?

You could be affected by this change from April 2019 if:
You live in ‘general needs’ housing, you are claiming help with your rent via Housing Benefit and you took on your tenancy on or after 1st April 2016.
You live in ‘general needs’ housing and you are claiming help with your rent via Universal Credit. (It does not matter when you took on your tenancy).
You live in supported or sheltered accommodation. (It does not matter when you took on your tenancy). The lowest ‘Shared Accommodation Rate’ of the Local Housing Allowance will not apply to anyone in supported accommodation

Will anyone not be affected?

You will not be affected by this change if all the following apply on 1 April 2019:
you live in ‘general needs’ (ie not supported) accommodation and 
you took on your tenancy before 1 April 2016 and 
you are still receiving help with your housing costs through Housing Benefit – ie you have not yet had to make a claim for Universal Credit 

NOTE: this new rule can affect you however old you are ie pensioners are not excluded.

Don’t forget - if the changes do apply to you, but the amount of help you get towards your rent under the ‘Bedroom Tax’ rules is less than the Local Housing Allowance rate for you, the help you get towards your rent will not change due to this new rule.

Please contact us if you are concerned about this change.


  
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Housing Benefit is paid based on the needs of your household. If you live in a property with more bedrooms than your household needs then you will need to pay extra for those bedrooms. ​
  
Housing Benefit is calculated against the number of bedrooms the Government says you need. The rules are shown below.

People in household Bedroom entitlement:
  • Single adult/adult couple = One bedroom
  • Over 16s = One bedroom
  • Two children, same sex, under 16 = One bedroom
  • Two children, different sex, under 10 = One bedroom
  • Any other child = One bedroom

You can rent a home of any size or price but your Housing benefit amount will be restricted to the Local Housing Allowance rates shown below. If your Housing Benefit does not cover your rent, you will be responsible for paying the shortfall.
  

​​LHAs Warrington:

​LHA War​rington
​1 Bedroom shared rate​£48.87
​1 Bedroom​£92.05
​2 Bedroom​£109.32
​3 Bedroom​£126.50
​4 Bedroom​£174.81

  
​If you are single, aged under 35, have no children and receive Housing Benefit, you will only receive Local Housing Allowance for a room in shared accommodation. 

Examples: 
  • A couple with a son of 8 and a daughter of 6 will require a two bedroom rate of Local Housing Allowance. One room for the couple and one room for the children as they are both under the age of ten.

  • A single parent with a son of 11 and a daughter 14 will require a 3 room rate of Local Housing Allowance. One for the single parent, one for the son and one for the daughter as the children are over ten and the opposite sex. Even if they only occupy a two bedroom house they will have their benefit entitlement based on a three bedroom rate of Local Housing Allowance.

  • A single parent with a one year old child. They are entitled to two bedrooms under LHA.

  
  • ​A couple with a son of 8 and a daughter of 6 will have a bedroom entitlement of two bedrooms. One room for the couple and one room for the children as they are both under the age of ten.
  • A single parent with a son of 11 and a daughter 14 will have an entitlement of 3 bedrooms. One for the single parent, one for the son and one for the daughter as the children are over ten and the opposite sex.  Even if they only occupy a two bedroom house they will have their benefit entitlement based on a three bedroom rate of Local Housing Allowance.
  • A single parent with a one year old child.  They are entitled to two bedrooms under LHA.
  • A tenant who has a grown up non-dependent son living with him. They are entitled to two bedrooms under LHA.
  • A Couple living on their own in a three bedroom property would only be entitled to one bedroom under LHA.
  • A couple with three sons aged 11, 8 and 6.  They are entitled to three bedrooms under LHA.
  
​If you are of working age and have one or more extra bedrooms, your rent and any service charges used in the assessment of your Housing Benefit [or the housing element of Universal Credit] is already capped.  If the difference between your rent and the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household is higher than the reduction for under-occupied bedrooms, only the cap will apply. Similarly, if the reduction for under-occupied bedrooms is higher than the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household, only the reduction for under-occupied bedrooms will apply. 

If you are of pension age, you will not receive a reduction in the rent used to assess your Housing Benefit for any under-occupied bedrooms but your rent will be capped to the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household.