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Local housing allowance

Response to Pauline McNeil MSP's consultation on a proposed members bill regarding fair rents

22 August 2019
CPAG in Scotland responded to this consultation to highlight the need to consider social security policy alongside housing policy

DHPs – principle and practice

Issue 250 (February 2016)
Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.

CPAG criticises housing payments cut

30 January 2015
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has strongly criticised the government’s decision, announced today, to cut local authorities’ budgets for discretionary housing payments by 24% (from £165m in 2014 -15 to £125m for 2015-16)[fn]Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations 2001 SI No. 11167 p1599[/fn]

Challenging the bedroom tax: update

Issue 237 (December 2013)
Simon Osborne describes a current split in the caselaw on the question of whether someone’s ability to ‘mobilise’ with a manual wheelchair refers only to functional limitations, or to wider personal factors such as the ability to store the chair. The split will hopefully be resolved in a forthcoming decision of a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal.

Submission to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into housing costs support

07 October 2013
The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into provision of support to meet housing costs in the reformed welfare system.

Welfare reform – early impacts

Issue 231 (December 2012)
Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.

Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

2010 Budget highlights

Issue 215 (April 2010)
David Simmons summarises the main changes relating to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the 2010 budget.These are in addition to the changes already announced in the Pre-Budget Report.

The 'local housing allowance' rules

Issue 201 (February 2008)
New housing benefit (HB) rent restriction rules - the 'local housing allowance' (LHA) rules - are due to be introduced nationwide from 7 April 2008. Far from simplifying the HB rules, a new layer of complexity will be added. An additional difficulty is that, until 6 April 2009, there will be two versions of some of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations 2006. Carolyn George sets out the detail.