Anyone who rents their home from a private landlord and makes a successful claim for Housing Benefit will have their benefit worked out using the Local Housing Allowance rates.
These rates are dependent on where you live within the Derbyshire Dales and are set by something called a ‘Broad Market Rental Area (BMRA).
Because of the size of Derbyshire Dales we have 4 BMRA:
- Peaks & Dales (covering the bulk of the Dales)
- Sheffield (anyone living in the north of the Dales)
- East Staffordshire
- Derby (where you rent in the south of the Dales)
Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out Housing Benefit for private tenants. The Local Housing Allowance rate is set by the Rent Service, which provides the "maximum allowance" for households.
The current weekly rates for 2018/19 per week are:
Peaks & Dales
|1 Bedroom LHA||£94.80||£81.58||£84.72||£90.21|
|2 Bedroom LHA||£107.11||£103.56||£103.56||£110.72|
|3 Bedroom LHA||£116.53||£123.58||£117.70||£128.19|
|4 Bedroom LHA||£156.00||£162.40||£155.34||£168.00|
Depending on where you live (post code) you will fall into one of the four areas listed above – which determine the ‘maximum HB’ that you can claim.
Note, that the rates have been ‘frozen’ by the Government and have not been subject to general annual increases since 2016.