Crisis challenges cut for poorest
Crisis has voiced its opposition to proposed Government plans to changes to the Local Housing Allowance (the new form of housing benefit for private sector tenants).
At the moment, tenants who find accommodation costing less than the full allowance are allowed to keep up to £15 a week. This flexibility was an integral part of the Government's original design of LHA, which was introduced last year.
The Government has proposed cutting this excess payment. Crisis believes that the removal of excess payments will have a very large impact on those who currently receive it, who are likely already to be struggling to make ends meet on a limited income. For someone on Jobseekers' Allowance, £15 a week represents just under a 20% cut in income.