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LHA Transitional Period

I’ve had a number of calls recently regarding the 9 months transitional period concerning the announced changes to LHA from April 2011. Most enquiries are in relation to a letter from the local authority giving examples and it would seem most examples either...

Direct Payment Guidance

The Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) have published housing benefit circular HB/CTB A4/2011 which advises local authority staff on how to make decisions under the new direct payment provisions which commence in April 2011. What’s changing? From 6 April 2011,...

Local Housing Allowance Calculator

There are many news stories appearing on-line about a new local housing allowance calculator available on Windows (not on mac). It is being described as an “inexpensive” solution to calculating LHA rates and it calculates rates for claims before and after April 2011....

30 Percent Reduction LHA Rate

Introduction I’m going to attempt to explain the much publicised 30 percentile reduction in LHA rates as it seems to be causing worry amongst landlords. The reality however is that there is no need to worry too much. I accept that there is going to be a...

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