LHA restiction to 5 bed rate – SSAC report

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    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    The report is here:

    http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm75/7571/7571.asp

    The Government has decided to reject the recommendations of the report and press ahead with the change albeit with a longer transitional period. LA’s will be required to notify existing claimants asap,

    #96997
    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    The Committee is concerned that in a few cases, very large families might genuinely lose out by being forced to move to much smaller accommodation than they need. The Government’s response notes that a DHP can be awarded to cover any shortfall at the LA’s discretion.

    The DHP scheme is surely the ultimate in “get out of jail” schemes! Whoever came up with it in the first place was a very clever “politician”.

    #51035
    andyrichards
    Participant

    One probable outcome of this is that adult non-deps quite happily living in extended family set-ups will now move out of the extended family home, take tenancies of their own and…..er….claim HB! No savings; probably added costs in fact, but at least the tabloids will have got bored and moved on….

    #51036
    Anonymous
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    [i:a78ef1e6f3]but at least the tabloids will have got bored and moved on….[/i:a78ef1e6f3]

    Ah but according to the Government:

    [quote:a78ef1e6f3]The Government does not accept that these changes are a result of media
    coverage. Early in the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance, rent
    officers had identified the issue of insufficient rental market evidence for
    larger properties which led to great difficulty in arriving at a median rate for
    the Local Housing Allowance. The need for change was apparent, and the
    Government was in the process of considering how best to address this
    concern. [/quote:a78ef1e6f3]

    So they were going to do it anyway before those pesky red-tops spilt the beans.

    Interesting point of view from Inside Housing

    http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/story.aspx?storycode=6503745

    #51037
    seanosul
    Participant

    The linkee is not working Phil.

    [quote:4eee2ec3ed]The Government does not accept that these changes are a result of media coverage. Early in the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance, rent officers had identified the issue of insufficient rental market evidence for larger properties which led to great difficulty in arriving at a median rate for the Local Housing Allowance.[/quote:4eee2ec3ed]

    So how did they arrive at figures for the Reference Rent scheme or Pre 1996 scheme?

    #51038
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Try now Sean – think I’ve corrected it

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