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Local Housing Allowance Rates

The Local Housing Allowance, or LHA, depends on the area in which you live and the number of bedrooms that you and your household need.

Wrexham has one LHA area which is called a Broad Rental Market Area or BRMA. BRMA’s in Wales are set by The Rent Officer Service, which is part of the Welsh Assembly Government. BRMA’s in England are set by The Rent Service, an executive agency of the Department of Work and Pensions. Cross border BRMA’s are agreed jointly between the two services. Both the Rent Officer Service and The Rent Service are independent of Wrexham County Borough Council.

Counting each occupier once only and in the first group that they come into, one bedroom is allowed for:

  1. every adult couple
  2. any other adult aged 16 or over
  3. any two children of the same sex aged under the age of 16
  4. any two children regardless of sex under age 10
  5. any other child.

Single claimants aged less than 35 will qualify for shared room rate.

Local Housing Allowance rent levels April 2014 (weekly)

Number of Rooms Wrexham
Shared Room £65.00
1 Bedroom £83.38
2 Bedroom £104.89
3 Bedroom £122.36
4 Bedroom £155.34

Local Housing Allowance changes from 1 April 2013

Housing Benefit claimants whose benefit entitlement is assessed subject to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules will no longer have their entitlement reviewed on the anniversary of their claim.

From April 2013 all LHA claims will no longer have an anniversary date which may vary dependant on when housing benefit was initially claimed. Instead the LHA rate for all claims will be reviewed on the 1 April each year or the first Monday following this date, if rent is charged weekly.

Instead of being linked to local rent levels from April 2013 the LHA rates will be increased by the inflation amount of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and it is expected that next April's LHA rates will be published by the Rent Service in December 2012.

From April 2013 if the rent charged is less than the LHA rate and the rent is increased, we will be able to apply this increase up to the LHA rate. If the rent is already above the LHA rate and is increased, we will not be able to apply the change until the LHA rate increases above the new rent charged.

To avoid some claimants having two re-assessments of the LHA close together any claims with anniversary dates between January 2013 and March 2013 will not be reviewed until April 2013.

Any benefit claims affected by these changes will be automatically re-assessed at the appropriate time.