The affordability of private renting for families claiming local housing allowance

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Reynolds, Liam
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This research report shows local level affordability for small families claiming Local Housing Allowance, at the time of the reforms in April 2011. It also examines areas where there are likely to be large numbers of claimants with shortfalls following the changes to LHA, to help target advice resources.

The research reveals that in over a third of local authorities in England, a family claiming maximum local housing allowance would be unable to afford the cheapest quarter of rents. It also finds that urban areas and seaside towns are more likely to be largely unaffordable for families claiming local housing allowance, and are also more likely to contain a high proportion of families affected by the reforms.

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