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Local housing allowance rates

Since April 2013, Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates have been uprated annually.

Effect of the Benefit Cap on LHA

If you are subject to the benefit cap, this will reduce the amount of Housing Benefit you are entitled to.

Shared room rate for claimants aged up to 35

This applies to most single tenants who rent their home from a private landlord. It does not apply to council or housing association tenants.

How changes affect tenants’ benefits

Since January 2012, most people under 35 have only been entitled to the shared accommodation rate of LHA. This applies to tenants if:

  • they are single, and no children live with them
  • they are under 35
  • they do not receive a Severe Disability Premium in their Housing Benefit, Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance

This means that even if the tenant lives in self-contained accommodation, their benefit will only cover the cost of shared accommodation.

Exemptions to LHA

People exempt from LHA are:

  • housing association tenants
  • tenants in certain kinds of supported accommodation
  • claimants eligible for the severe disability premium
  • claimants entitled to an additional bedroom to accommodate a non-resident carer because they require overnight care
  • care leavers under 22 years old

To check if someone is exempt because they are a supported accommodation tenant, please contact us using the details below.

People eligible for the most severe disability premium must be receiving the middle or highest rate of care component. Also, no one must be receiving carers allowance for looking after them.

Contact

The Housing Benefit Department

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 643396
Address: Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

Calculate your benefit entitlement

Find out your rate with the LHA bedroom entitlement calculator.

LHA rates for Bridgend

April 2018 to March 2019

Important Changes to Local Housing Allowance
Due to welfare reform, LHA allowances will stay at 2015 rates unless there is a reduction with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure.

This means that from April 2015 all LHA rates will be set annually at the lower of:

  • the previous LHA rate uprated by the previous September’s CPI
  • the 30th percentile of local market rents in the previous September
Summary of LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough 2018 to 2019
Number of bedrooms Category Weekly amount
Shared room rate A £58.02
1 bedroom B £80.55
2 bedrooms C £103.56
3 bedrooms D £113.92
4 bedrooms E £149.59

To find out which Local Housing Allowance rate applies, contact us directly:

Contact

The Housing Benefit Department

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 643396
Address: Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

Remember that this information is a guide only. It is not meant to say exactly what your benefit entitlement is, and if you are subject to the benefit cap, please take it into account.

Previous years' LHA rates

Important changes to LHA

Due to welfare reform, LHA allowances will stay at 2015 rates unless there is a reduction with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure.

This means that from April 2015 all LHA rates will be set annually at the lower of:

  • the previous LHA rate uprated by the previous September’s CPI
  • the 30th percentile of local market rents in the previous September

LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough

Summary of LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough 2017 to 2018
Number of bedrooms Category Weekly amount
shared room rate
1 bedroom
2 bedrooms
3 bedrooms
4 bedrooms
A
B
C
D
E
£56.33
£80.55
£103.56
£113.92
£149.59

To find out how to work out which LHA rate applies, you can use the room calculator on the Rent Service website. Or you can contact us directly by:

  • ringing the Housing Benefit Department on 01656 643396
  • visiting us at the Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend
  • emailing us at benefits@bridgend.gov.uk

Remember that this information is only a guide. It is not meant to say exactly what your benefit entitlement is, and if subject to the benefit cap, please take it into account.

Important changes to LHA

Due to welfare reform, LHA allowances will stay at 2015 rates unless there is a reduction with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure.

This means that from April 2015 all LHA rates will be set annually at the lower of:

  • the previous LHA rate uprated by the previous September’s CPI
  • the 30th percentile of local market rents in the previous September

LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough

Summary of LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough 2016 to 2017
Number of bedrooms Category Weekly amount
shared room rate
1 bedroom
2 bedrooms
3 bedrooms
4 bedrooms
A
B
C
D
E
£55.23
£80.55
£103.56
£115.06
£149.59

To find out which LHA rate applies, you can use the room calculator on the Rent Service website. Or you can contact us directly by:

  • ringing the Housing Benefit Department on 01656 643396
  • visiting us at the Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend
  • emailing us at benefits@bridgend.gov.uk

Remember that this information is only a guide. It is not meant to say exactly what your benefit entitlement is, and if you are subject to the benefit cap, please take it into account.

Important changes to local housing allowance

From April, 2013 LHA rates will be uprated annually. This is due to a change in legislation, and will allow the rates to be uprated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Uprating the LHA in line with the CPI figure brings stability, and ensures expenditure in the private rented sector stays at reasonable levels. It will also bring Housing Benefit into line with the annual uprating of other benefits, and the integration of housing support within Universal Credit.  

This means that from April 2015 all LHA rates will be set annually at the lower of:

  • the previous LHA rate uprated by the previous September’s CPI
  • the 30th percentile of local market rents in the previous September   

LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough

Summary of LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough 2015 to 2016
Number of bedrooms Category Weekly amount
Shared room rate
1 bedroom
2 bedrooms
3 bedrooms
4 bedrooms
A
B
C
D
E
£57.50
£80.55
£103.56
£115.06
£149.59

To find out how to work out which LHA rate applies, you can use the room calculator on the Rent Service website. Or you can contact us direct by:

  • ringing the Housing Benefit Department on 01656 643396
  • visiting us at Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend
  • emailing us at benefits@bridgend.gov.uk         

Remember that this information is only a guide. It is not meant to say exactly what your benefit entitlement is, and if subject to the benefit cap, please take it into account.

Important changes to local housing allowance

From April 2013, LHA rates will be uprated annually. This is due to legislative change, and it will allow the rates to be uprated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Uprating LHA in line with the CPI figure brings stability and ensures expenditure in the private rented sector stays at reasonable levels. It also brings Housing Benefit into line with the annual uprating of other benefits and the integration of housing support within Universal Credit.

This means that from April 2014 all LHA rates will be set annually at the lower of:

  • the previous LHA rate uprated by the previous September’s CPI
  • the 30th percentile of local market rents in the previous September

LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough

Summary of LHA rates for Bridgend County Borough 2014 to 2015
Number of bedrooms Category Weekly amount
Shared room rate
1 bedroom
2 bedrooms
3 bedrooms
4 bedrooms
A
B
C
D
E
£57.40
£80.55
£103.56
£113.92
£149.59

To find out how to work out which LHA rate applies, you can use the room calculator on the Rent Service website. Or you can contact us directly by:

  • ringing the Housing Benefit Department on 01656 643396
  • visiting us at Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend
  • emailing us at benefits@bridgend.gov.uk

Remember that this information is only a guide. It is not meant to say exactly what your benefit entitlement is, and if subject to the benefit cap, please take it into account.

Important changes to LHA

From April 2013, LHA rates will be uprated annually. This is due to legislative change and will allow the rates to be uprated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Uprating LHA in line with the CPI figure brings stability, and ensures expenditure in the private rented sector stays at reasonable levels. Also, it will brings Housing Benefit into line with the annual uprating of other benefits, and integrating housing support within Universal Credit.

This means that from April 2013 all LHA rates will be set annually at the lower of:

  • the previous LHA rate uprated by the previous September’s CPI
  • the 30th percentile of local market rents in the previous September

To find out how to work out which LHA rate applies, you can use the room calculator on the Rent Service website. Or you can contact us directly by:

  • ringing the Housing Benefit Department on 01656 643396
  • visiting us at Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend
  • emailing us at benefits@bridgend.gov.uk

Remember that this information is a guide only. It is not meant to say exactly what your Benefit entitlement will be, and, if you are subject to the benefit cap, it will reduce your Housing Benefit.

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