Mark welcomes increase in the Local Housing Allowance

Mark Garnier MP welcomes an increase in the Local Housing Allowance

The Government is delivering on the election promises and ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society continue to benefit from a robust economy.

Mark Garnier said ‘’I’m pleased that the days of austerity are behind us. I welcome the Government’s announcement that from April 2020 Local Housing Allowance rates will be increased in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), ending the Local Housing Allowance cap and delivering on the manifesto commitment to end the benefit freeze’’.

The Local Housing Allowance will increase for 900,000 people across the country, and for those in Wyre Forest. This increase will mean the majority of people in receipt of housing support in the private rented sector will see their housing support increase, benefiting by an average of £10 per month.

This additional funding builds on the Government’s announcement at the September 2015 Spending Round. This delivers an additional £40 million in Discretionary Housing Payments for 2020/21, helping affordability in the private rented sector.

The Government continues to spend around £95 billion a year on working age benefits, including around £23 billion to help people with housing costs.

Mark Garnier said ‘’I am proud to support this investment and reinforce my commitment to supporting individuals and families throughout Wyre Forest to secure affordable housing’’.