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Local Housing Allowance

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of implementation of local housing allowance; what estimate she has made of the number of tenants who have not passed rent to their landlord since the new scheme was introduced; and what estimate she has made of the monetary value of that rent. (285599)

The Department has committed to completing a review of the LHA scheme over a two-year period from the commencement of its roll-out in April 2008. The aim of the review is to monitor the impact of the LHA at a national level, against the original LHA policy objectives.

The review will include an in-depth focus group study of landlords, concerning their attitudes and experiences of the LHA, including any problems with rent arrears. Further information is not available at this stage.