LHA rates increase by 3% in specific areas by size


This Order amends the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1984), the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1995) and the Rent Officers (Universal Credit Functions) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/382) (“the Orders”) to make changes to the manner in which a local housing allowance is determined.

Articles 2, 3 and 4 amend the Orders to provide that, for dwellings in specified categories in specified broad rental market areas, the local housing allowance is as currently determined but with an uplift of 3%. These articles further provide that for these dwellings, there is a maximum local housing allowance.

Further, article 4 amends S.I. 2013/382 to provide that, when making a housing payment determination in respect of accommodation, a rent officer may have regard to certain local authority areas other than those adjoining the local authority area in which that accommodation is situated.