Local housing allowance (LHA) claims were originally assessed based on the rates applicable at the time the claim was made. Unless a claimant had a change of circumstances, that rate was reassessed 12 months later - known as the "anniversary date".
From 1 January 2013, anniversary date reassessments will no longer take place. Anyone who was due to have a review between 1 January and 31 March 2013 will now not be reviewed until 1 April 2013.
This is in line with the Government's plans to uprate LHA rates annually rather than monthly. It is designed to prevent claimants having two reassessments in a short space of time.
Reviewing LHA rates once a year in April will make it simpler for claimants to understand and help people plan for the future as they will know the amount of LHA available for the year ahead.
You do not need to do anything, as any changes will be made automatically.
The rates from 1st April 2015 are:
- Shared accommodation rate £62.40
- One bedroom rate £75.00
- Two bedrooms rate £85.00
- Three bedrooms rate £99.04
- Four bedrooms rate £137.31