New research for the LGA by Policy in Practice reveals the LHA rate now available for 9 out of 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent. This means that in many parts of the country there are no properties available to those entitled to full support with their housing costs.
Despite the funding constraints that councils face, they remain committed to providing help and support for households in financial difficulty as part of their wider place-shaping ambitions. Many have detailed their specific approaches to helping households within their anti-poverty and financial inclusion strategies.
The report from the Learning and Work Institute reviews and draws together a wide range of existing research on the impact of the reforms to identify key challenges and priorities for future policy making and local delivery.