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Local Housing Allowance claims by borough

Key points

  • In 16 boroughs, more than 30% of private rented households claim LHA, so it is unfeasible that every affected household could find a dwelling in the cheapest 30 per cent of properties.
  • Most of these boroughs (13) are in Outer London.

Private renters claiming Local Housing Allowance

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What does this graph show?

In the previous LPP we also explored the other cap to LHA whereby the amount of LHA that can be claimed is capped at the 30th percentile of local rents. Local areas are defined as Broad Rental Market Areas, of which there are 14 in London. This means that 30% of local properties charge rents below the cap and 70% above: previously the level was capped at the median rent (the 50th percentile).

The graph below shows the proportion of private rented households in each borough that claimed LHA in 2011. The boroughs marked with an * are those where the 30th percentile of local rents is higher than the national cap, so not even the cheapest 30% of properties will be eligible for LHA. It shows that in 16 boroughs, more than 30% of private rented households claim LHA, so it is unfeasible that every affected household could find a dwelling in the cheapest 30 per cent of properties, particularly in Enfield. Most of these boroughs (13) are in Outer London. Finding accommodation that falls below either of the caps would be difficult across London.

Data used

DWP benefit data 2013 and Census 2011

NOTE: The data on this page may not be the most recent available because this indicator was not updated in our most recent report, published in October 2015. Nevertheless, we have chosen to keep the page live because it tells an important story about poverty in London, and the general pattern described here is unlikely to have changed significantly.

Indicator last updated: 2 December 2015