Residential Landlords Association (RLA)
Local Housing Allowance and the date of the next Budget
The charity Crisis is calling for the government to increase Local Housing Allowance levels, ending a four-year freeze introduced in 2016.
In data published in Inside Housing today, the charity says that the housing benefit shortfall equates to families having to give up at least a quarter of the national average weekly food shop for a small family. The shortfall is worst in London, with an average shortfall of £202.82 meaning that foregoing an entire food shop will not make up the difference between a family’s rent and their housing benefit entitlement.
In May last year, the RLA backed a new campaign launched by homeless charity Crisis, asking the government to commit to restoring Local Housing Allowance rates to support benefits tenants struggling to pay their rent.
More on this story can be read in this Inside Housing article.
Date of the next budget announced
The Government has announced that the next Budget will take place on
Wednesday 11 March 2020.
The Chancellor is expected to set out plans in the March Budget to:
- open a new chapter for the UK’s economy and prepare it for the decade ahead
- deliver on the Government’s promises on tax, to help tackle the cost of living for hard-working people
- make good on the commitment to level up and spread opportunity, including by investing billions of pounds across the country
It comes as the Queens Speech last month outlined some of the Government’s other intentions relating to the private rented sector, including
- A commitment to scrapping Section 21
- Plans to improve the current Section 8 process
- The introduction of lifetime deposits for tenants
- Plans to continue to develop and implement measures to wider access to and expand the scope of the database of rogue landlords and property agents giving greater powers to drive improvements in standards, and empowering tenants to make an informed choice about who they rent from.
Latest News from
Residential Landlords Association (RLA)
BREAKING: NRLA victory as Welsh Government brings in tenant loans14/08/2020 16:38:00
Loans to pay off rent arrears built during the Covid-19 pandemic will now be available to tenants in Wales following a campaign by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).
Welsh possession laws ' draconian ' say landlords05/08/2020 12:02:00
Landlords are calling on the Welsh Government to rethink the decision to extend notice periods for possession to six months.
NRLA win on energy efficiency grants04/08/2020 15:02:00
Landlords are today welcoming news the Government has accepted its recommendations on how the new Green Homes Grant scheme should work.
NRLA partners with the Scottish Association of landlords04/08/2020 09:02:00
Landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the border under a new partnership.
Disappointment as six-month notice period introduced in Wales27/07/2020 14:25:00
Landlords in Wales will need to give tenants six-months’ notice when repossessing homes under new rules recently (23 July 2020) announced by the Welsh Government in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
David Smith named as NRLA legal counsel27/07/2020 12:02:00
Leading housing lawyer and former RLA policy director David Smith has been announced as legal counsel for the National Residential Landlords Association.
Possessions win as Housing Minster quotes NRLA in Commons debate27/07/2020 11:25:00
The NRLA was referenced several times by the Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP in the Commons when discussing the end to the ban on repossessions next month.
Housing Minster quotes NRLA in Commons repossessions debate23/07/2020 14:25:00
The NRLA was referenced several times by the Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP in the Commons yesterday when discussing the end to the ban on repossessions next month.