Roundtable: Discussing the Local Housing Allowance

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EventsEvent Date: Jan 27th, 2022Time: 10:00 - 11:30Location: Online

What is it about?

Changes to the social security system have greatly reduced the help with housing costs available to households without children: Local Housing Allowance (LHA) has been limited to the cheapest rents for many years, while under-35 year olds are only entitled to the shared accommodation rate. These changes have been identified as contributing to the increase in homelessness with homelessness amongst households without children in Wales rising by 12% between 2016/17 and 2018/19.

There is little evidence that the situation is improving. Research conducted by the Bevan Foundation over the summer of 2021 (link) found that in 10 Welsh local authorities, fewer than 5% of PRS accommodation advertised for let had rents that would be covered in full by the amount provided by Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit. The housing system worsens the impact of LHA reform, with landlord practices such as requirements for bonds, service charges, debt and affordability checks.

Join our roundtable discussion as we seek to explore possible solutions to the challenges caused by LHA. We will seek to explore both policy and practice solutions that could make a real difference to people’s lives.

Why should you attend?

This discussion will provide an opportunity for you to share your experiences and views, and to discuss practical solutions to the problems.

Who should attend

The event is by invitation only. Invites will be sent to individuals with expertise in the area. If you have an interest in this policy area and feel that you could make an impact on the debate, please email Hugh Kocan at [email protected] for an invite.

Attendance is free. 

 

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