Fresh calls to raise local housing allowance as councils battle homelessness

By Dan Peters | 23 August 2023

Fresh calls have been made for ministers to increase local housing allowance (LHA) after research revealed 85% of English councils are facing an increase in homelessness.

LHA, which eligible households receive as part of their housing benefit or Universal Credit if they have a private landlord, has been frozen for three years, with rents far outstripping the support available in many places.

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