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Effects of the benefit changes on West London households. November 2010 Elizabeth Alexander West London Overcrowding Coordinator. 2011and 2012. Predominantly LHA changes less money to pay the rent with

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effects of the benefit changes on west london households

Effects of the benefit changes on West London households

November 2010

Elizabeth Alexander

West London Overcrowding Coordinator

2011and 2012
2011and 2012
  • Predominantly LHA changes
    • less money to pay the rent with
    • average market rents currently exceed the LHA caps in 3 of the 7 Broad Market Rental Areas in West London focussed around inner London
    • Bottom 30% of properties are accessible
  • Options for households
    • Move home to a new rented property
    • Top up the rent somehow
    • Change the household
  • Numbers in West London
    • 51,200 claimants renting privately in West London in total in 2009
april 2011
April 2011
  • Uprating of non-dependent deductions to all housing benefit recipients
    • previously between £7.40 - £47.75 / week
    • uprated to range between £10.06 - £64.94 /week
    • 16% of total households claiming benefit
  • Options for households
    • Top up the rent somehow
    • Change the household
  • Numbers in West London
    • estimated14,450 households across social renters
    • estimated 8,192 households privately renting
april 2013
April 2013
  • Housing Benefit payment to reflect the property size required
    • Currently HB paid according to the property occupied
    • 1 bed over requirement: average £13.67/week
    • 2 beds over requirement: average £25.82/week
  • Options for households
    • Top up the rent somehow
    • Change the household
    • Transfer
  • Numbers in West London
    • Estimate based on a share of London total
    • 11,160
2013 continued
2013 continued
  • 10% reduction in housing benefit for claimants in receipt of JSA for more than 12 months
    • Social renters: £6-£14 /week
    • Private renters: £8-£40 /week
  • Options for households
    • Top up the rent somehow
    • Change the household
  • Number of households
    • 36% of social tenants are unemployed or econimcally inactive
    • ? of private renters
from april 2013
From April 2013
  • £500/week cap to benefit received
    • Greater effect on private renters than social
    • Will effect large families in social rented
  • Universal Credit
    • Simplify means tested benefits
    • Reduced benefit fraud and error
  • Social tenure reform
    • Rent levels
    • Flexible tenancies?