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Tag Archives: Local Housing Allowance

Housing Benefit changes – an update

Alan Smith

I received a very useful briefing recently from Alan Smith (pictured), housing officer at Hartsmere Borough Council, and he has kindly given me permission to reproduce this for you all. Budgetary Changes being made to Housing Benefit (NB: Except where stated, existing HB recipients will be affected from their tenancy anniversary, or possibly sooner if… Continue Reading

Housing benefit and LHA – what are they thinking?

The remains of Grumbeg Village, site of one of the Highland clearances

Our regular guest blogger Ben Reeve-Lewis gets out his soapbox, and even peers into his crystal ball … Housing benefit and LHA – what are they thinking? I notice today that after climbing down over prison sentences for knife crime the government is also getting,……well not exactly cold, but definitely chilly feet about housing benefit… Continue Reading

When will Local Housing Allowance be paid direct to landlords?

Many landlords would prefer LHA to be paid to them direct

One of the  most consistent threads running through my Notable Property Persons posts is the need to get Local Housing Allowance (LHA) paid direct to landlords.  Practically everyone mentions it. Many tenants would infinitely prefer their benefit to be paid over to their landlords, as it would prevent them spending it by accident or having… Continue Reading

Housing benefit and ethnic cleansing

Losing your home is never nice

The problem Reading the press this weekend we learn that Boris Johnson has likened it to “Kosovo-style social cleansing” in the capital and has vowed to resist it. An analysis prepared for him predicts a “50% increase in homelessness acceptances in the first year of the changes”. Labour MP Chris Bryant talks about the poor… Continue Reading

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