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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the method of working out the maximum housing benefit for private tenants on a low income. It is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs.

You won't receive LHA if you are a housing association tenant or a sharing owner. Your housing benefit will be worked out by a different method in these situations.

Weekly rates

The current weekly rates of LHA in Dumfries and Galloway are:

  • Shared accommodation rate = £59.44 per week
  • One bedroom rate = £80.77 per week
  • Two bedrooms rate = £97.81 per week
  • Three bedrooms rate = £108.26 per week
  • Four or more bedrooms rate = £129.47 per week

These rates are reviewed and adjusted every year.

Number of bedrooms

Calculate how many bedrooms you're eligible for

You are allowed one bedroom for:

  • an adult couple
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex up to the age of 16
  • any two children regardless of sex under the age of 10
  • any other child
  • a carer if you or your partner are disabled and require overnight care
  • a person who normally lives with you but is deployed on active service

Additional bedroom allowances may be made for:

  • Foster parents
  • A child with a severe disability

Other help

You may be eligible for  discretionary housing payments  if you're entitled to LHA and it doesn't cover your rent.

Page last updated: 07/05/2019
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