Local housing allowance rates

Local housing allowance (LHA) is the way payments are calculated for people receiving housing benefit; it does not replace housing benefit. A flat rate is used based on the size of the tenant's household and the area in which they are renting the property. This amount is not directly related to the rent being charged.

The rate of LHA that a claimant receives is reviewed on an annual basis. Other circumstances, such as money that the tenant has coming in or other people living in the household will still affect the amount of benefit paid, so the tenant may not always receive the full rate of LHA. 

Further information on LHA rates is available on the GOV.UK website and the Valuation Office Agency has an online bedroom calculator

Weekly rates

Month effective from: Shared 1 bed 2 bed 3 bed 4 bed
April 2015 £57.15 £92.05 £115.07 £132.32 £168.41
April 2016 £57.15 £92.05 £115.07 £132.32 £168.41

Monthly rates

Month effective from: Shared 1 bed 2 bed 3 bed 4 bed
April 2015 £248.33 £399.98 £500.01 £574.96 £731.78
April 2016 £248.33 £399.98 £500.01 £574.96 £731.78