Housing benefit information - How is local housing allowance worked out?

You may be able to get help with your rent if you are on other benefits, work part-time or work full-time on a low income. You cannot get Housing Benefit anymore if you are claiming Universal Credit or eligible to claim it. This is because your Universal Credit should include the Housing Element which replaces Housing Benefit and you are responsible for using this to pay your landlord. If you are of pensionable age or exempt currently from claiming Universal Credit, you can claim Housing Benefit (Local Housing allowance).

How is Housing Benefit worked out?

This is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs, not necessarily the number of bedrooms you have. This is sometimes called the size criteria.

The Government allows a set rate of LHA based on the number of bedrooms. One bedroom is allowed each for:

  • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • any other adult over 16yrs (eg a single adult)
  • any two children of the same sex, under the age of 16yrs
  • any two children of either sex,under 10 yrs
  • any other child
  • A non-resident carer (from April 2011)

Example:- a couple who live in a three-bed roomed house with two children of the opposite sex, but both children under the age of 10yrs, would be assessed as needing two bedrooms and would therefore have their future LHA based on the rate for a two-bed roomed house.

In the above example, when the elder child reaches 10yrs the LHA rate would increase to the three-bedroom rate. This is because a bedroom would now be allowed for each child.

 

 


Last Updated on Monday, January 28, 2019

You may be able to get help with your rent if you are on other benefits, work part-time or work full-time on a low income. You cannot get Housing Benefit anymore if you are claiming Universal Credit or eligible to claim it. This is because your Universal Credit should include the Housing Element which replaces Housing Benefit and you are responsible for using this to pay your landlord. If you are of pensionable age or exempt currently from claiming Universal Credit, you can claim Housing Benefit (Local Housing allowance).

How is Housing Benefit worked out?

This is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs, not necessarily the number of bedrooms you have. This is sometimes called the size criteria.

The Government allows a set rate of LHA based on the number of bedrooms. One bedroom is allowed each for:

  • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • any other adult over 16yrs (eg a single adult)
  • any two children of the same sex, under the age of 16yrs
  • any two children of either sex,under 10 yrs
  • any other child
  • A non-resident carer (from April 2011)

Example:- a couple who live in a three-bed roomed house with two children of the opposite sex, but both children under the age of 10yrs, would be assessed as needing two bedrooms and would therefore have their future LHA based on the rate for a two-bed roomed house.

In the above example, when the elder child reaches 10yrs the LHA rate would increase to the three-bedroom rate. This is because a bedroom would now be allowed for each child.


Last Updated on Monday, January 28, 2019

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