NLA concerned by cap on Local Housing Allowance

by Property 118

14:11 PM, 9th January 2013
About 6 years ago

NLA concerned by cap on Local Housing Allowance

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NLA concerned by cap on Local Housing Allowance

Yesterday the House of Commons gave a second reading to the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill which caps future increases to Local Housing Allowance rates at one per cent from 2014.

Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association (NLA), says:

“Capping future increases to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to one per cent risks a decrease in real terms if, as expected, inflation exceeds this level. With time, this will inevitably render private-rented accommodation unaffordable for many tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Indeed, the cap could deter landlords from investing in much needed housing for those receiving support.

“The NLA is concerned that, by capping future LHA rises, the Government is creating barriers which will prevent those in receipt of benefits from securing the housing they need.”

Previously Property118 had reported on the Crisis survey showing that only 1.5% of private landlords across the UK are willing to rent to benefit claimants aged under 35 and started an Petition to criminalise non payment of rent to landlords.

The question is are politicians taking the need for the PRS to help it out of its social housing crisis seriously and if not why not?



Comments

0:36 AM, 11th January 2013
About 6 years ago

I think they should make none payment of rent criminalised
Also the Goverment is being a bit silly considering they need house and the only way they are going to get them is by the PSL but yet not willing to give any sort of benifits to them

10:25 AM, 11th January 2013
About 6 years ago

Capping benefits is the correct way to go .

This will force HB claimants to move to cheaper areas, even if it is at the other end of the country.

That is the sort of decision anyone in work has to make; when determining what they can afford or choose to afford when it comes to choosing a property to live in.

Why should benefit claimants be removed from having to make such decisions!?
Hopefully we will see all the wasters stuck up north in some godforsaken town and all the hardworking people prepared to work in the better places down south.
There should be definite correlation between people who work get the better properties and people who can't be bothered get the worst accommodation, in the worst places, far removed from the 'bright lights' etc.
It will then be seen that by working you can move to a better area and have a better quality of life than if you were on benefit.
Presently it is the other way round; in that benefit claimants have a far better 'lifestyle' than workers!
This is what is so fundamentally wrong with the benefit system.
It rewards laziness and fecklessness.


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