LHA



Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

The UK Parliament’s work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities today on the UK government’s planned shake-up of supported housing funding.

Published 14 March 2017

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

Three of Scotland’s largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a long-term solution on how to fund supported housing to better meet the challenge of an ageing population and help with better integration of health and social care services across the country.

Published 27 February 2017

Blog: The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

In a guest blog for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Shelter Scotland’s Aoife Deery says there are big questions regarding the future affordability of social housing.

Published 25 January 2017

Blog: Bedroom Tax 2 – DWP’s warped logic must be challenged

It might seem trite to term the proposed LHA limits on social housing as ‘Bedroom Tax 2’ but it’s completely legitimate, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 13 January 2017

SFHA concerned about mixed messaging from DWP

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has raised concerns about the inconsistent messaging from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following their claim the LHA cap - dubbed the Bedroom Tax 2 - will not apply to existing tenants.

Published 10 January 2017

DWP accused of ‘peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public’

Angus Housing Association director, Bruce Forbes, has accused a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesperson of “peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public” to justify the Westminster government’s “brutal” cuts to welfare.

Published 9 January 2017

Angus director concerned over ‘horrendous’ welfare changes

The director of Angus Housing Association in Dundee has warned that changes to welfare payments could plunge some of the city’s poorest people further into poverty.

Published 6 January 2017

Welfare changes ‘damaging’ to low income families, minister warns

Minister for social security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit.

Published 5 January 2017

Widened scope of LHA cap ‘to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland’

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap when it is introduced in 2019.

Published 23 November 2016

Local Housing Allowance cap to apply to those on Universal Credit

The UK government’s cap on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) has been delayed for another 12 months for general needs accommodation but will now apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit when it is introduced in 2019.

Published 22 November 2016

Salvation Army urges government to protect vital homelessness funding

The Salvation Army is calling on the Scottish Government to continue protecting homelessness services amid uncertainty over future Local Housing Allowance funding.

Published 17 November 2016

Blog: How benefit cuts will hit the 50,000 homes programme

LHA restrictions will hamper the Scottish Government’s plan to deliver 50,000 homes over the next five years, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 13 October 2016

SFHA condemns DWP’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ position on supported accommodation

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that proposed changes to its policy on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will apply to all tenants in supported housing, not only those with new tenancies.

Published 26 September 2016

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood.

Published 16 September 2016

Housing associations celebrated at Holyrood as Westminster policy clouds gather

The good work of two housing associations has been highlighted in Parliamentary motions by MSPs ahead of a debate on housing in the Scottish Parliament today.

Published 13 September 2016