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Local Housing Allowance Rates April 2016 to March 2017

The Local Housing Allowance was introduced from 07/04/2008.

Local Housing allowance rates April 2016  to March 2017

Broad Rental Market Area Shared Room1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed

Mendip

Weekly

£69.08£93.23£123.58£153.02£184.11

(Monthly)

£300£405£537£665£800

Taunton & West
Somerset

Weekly

£64.14

£92.05£120.82£145.67£184.11

(Monthly)

£278£400£525£633£800
Weston-Super-Mare

Weekly

£66.50£97.81£122.36£150.00£184.11
(Monthly)£292£425£531£651£800

 

To work out the Local Housing Allowance that will be used to calculate your benefit you need to follow these steps

LHA Broad Rental Market Areas Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

  1. Decide which of the 3 Broad Market Rental Areas your property is in (you can click on the map to see a larger image). 
  2. Work out how many bedrooms your household is allowed (see below). 

By household we mean

  • You
  • Your partner
  • Dependent Children - not including foster children
  • Non Dependants - for example adult children, parents etc. 
  • Boarders and sub-tenants

You are allowed one bedroom for:

  • Every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children under age 10
  • Any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Any other child.
  • A non resident carer providing overnight care to you or your partner

The only exceptions to these rules are:

  • Single Person under 35 - will always receive the Shared Room rate regardless of the type of property they occupy unless they are entitled to the Severe Disability Premium in their Applicable Amount .
  • Single People over 35 - will only receive the Shared Room rate if they live in shared accommodation
  • Childless Couples - will only receive the Shared Room rate if they live in shared accommodation.

If you have any queries or are not sure which Broad Rental Market Area or Local Housing Allowance figures to use please contact our office.

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