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Housing Benefit

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which local authorities have requested median rents for local housing allowance for accommodation with six or more bedrooms; and what the median rent for such accommodation was in each case; (249338)

(2) in how many broad market rental areas median rents for accommodation with (a) six, (b) seven, (c) eight, (d) nine and (e) 10 or more bedrooms have been estimated; what those broad market rental areas were; and at what level the median rents for accommodation with six or more bedrooms were in each instance.

Local Housing Allowance rates for larger properties are only provided if a local authority requests them. Since Local Housing Allowance was launched in April 2008, 156 local authorities have requested a rate for accommodation with six or more bedrooms. The Rent Service has provided Local Housing Allowance rates for properties over six bedrooms in 114 Broad Rental Market Areas. From April 2009, all new claims to LHA are capped at the five bedroom rate.

A full list of monthly Local Housing Allowance rates for properties with five bedrooms or less, together with maps of the Broad Rental Market Areas, are available on the LHA-Direct website at:

lha-direct.therentservice.gov.uk/Secure/Default.aspx