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Almost a million people to see their Housing Benefit rise

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13/01/2020
Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their Housing Benefit payments rise by around £10 a month from April.

The government has lifted the freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates, which has been in place since 2016, meaning payments will rise by inflation from the start of the new tax year.

The change will affect around 1.4 million private renters who receive Local Housing Allowance.

Will Quince, minister for welfare delivery, said: “The government is levelling up opportunity across the UK, and this will be a welcome increase for more than a million people as we provide more money to help pay for housing.

“We are committed to tackling all forms of homelessness – ending the freeze on housing benefits is just one part of achieving this.”

The announcement follows the government’s commitment in November to end the five-year benefit freeze from April.

Millions of people on Universal Credit, as well as those on the old benefits system, will see their payments rise by inflation.

 

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