More funds to help LHA tenants

An extra £49m of Government funding has been allocated to councils to help housing benefit claimants who are renting in the private sector. Nearly £6m of it is to go to councils in London.

The funds are to help with the transition to new housing benefit rules until 2015, and are intended to help residents and councils renegotiate their rents with landlords and find more affordable properties.

Lord Freud, minister for welfare reform, said: “The cost of paying housing benefit in the private rented sector has nearly doubled in a decade, so it’s only right that we introduce new reforms to get these spiralling costs under control.”

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