LHA



Austerity has priced Scots out of rental homes, investigation finds

A new investigation has highlighted the dearth of accommodation that families on benefits can afford in Scotland’s largest cities and in rural areas.

Published 4 October 2019

Blog: Universal Credit is not delivering

As CIH Scotland submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament's social security committee, policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at some of the current problems with Universal Credit.

Published 30 August 2018

CIH: Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness

Even the lowest private rents are now out of reach for people on low incomes – putting thousands at increased risk of homelessness, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found.

Published 29 August 2018

Blog: Landlords and others must be part of benefits solution

Landlords are ready to play their part to help ensure households on lower incomes are not priced out of city living, says John Blackwood at the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

Published 28 May 2018

Blog: The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it’s time to thaw the LHA freeze

Aoife Deery outlines Shelter Scotland’s concerns about the impact welfare reform is having on renters.

Published 17 May 2018

Rising rents leads to calls to unfreeze LHA and strengthen rent controls

Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year.

Published 15 November 2017

Chancellor urged to use Budget measures to protect households from further austerity

The Scottish Government is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to abandon their “failed” austerity agenda and stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable “fundamental flaws” to be fixed.

Published 13 November 2017

Blog: Good riddance to the mad, bad LHA cap

The UK government’s U-turn on imposing the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector is to be welcomed but we are not out of the woods yet, says David Bookbinder.

Published 27 October 2017

Blog: DWP’s wilful ignorance over the impact of local housing allowance

Adopting a bunker mentality is flawed when credible warnings are stacking up, says Kate Webb.

Published 27 October 2017

LHA U-turn hailed as ‘a victory for the housing sector’

The UK government has dropped proposals to impose the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector following widespread criticism of the policy.

Published 26 October 2017

LHA cap will leave 12,000 younger Scots facing £8.6m rent shortfall

Around 12,000 mainstream social tenants across Scotland aged under 35 could collectively face an annual rent affordability gap of up to £8.6 million when a UK government cap on housing benefit into force, according to a new report.

Published 11 October 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

An interim report on the impact of UK government plans to cap housing benefit for social housing tenants aged under 35 has concluded that 21,000 young Scots could face a rent affordability gap of up to £22.6 million annually as a result.

Published 22 May 2017

Blog: Election 2017: what we're asking for on... welfare

As the build up to next month’s general election continues, CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we’re asking for on welfare policy – one of our key election priorities.

Published 10 May 2017

Select Committees call for end of use of LHA rates to fund supported housing

The UK government should scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates used for claimants in the private rented sector, according to a joint report by two House of Commons committees.

Published 2 May 2017

Gap between LHA and rents putting private rents 'out of reach'

The gap between the help with housing costs that young, single people in the private sector get and their rents is making housing virtually inaccessible, new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) research has revealed.

Published 31 March 2017