Receiving the LHA : claimants’ early experiences of the LHA in the nine Pathfinder Areas
online resourceposted on 19.02.2007, 10:20 by Simon Roberts, Jacqueline Beckhelling, Katherine HillKatherine Hill, Viet-Hai Phung, Bruce Stafford, Nina Stratford, Tom Anderson
As part of its reform of Housing Benefit, the Government has introduced a Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for private rented sector claimants in nine Pathfinder areas. This report gives early findings from the claimant stream of the evaluation of LHA and covers the period up to around six months after the start of LHA in each Pathfinder. It is important to stress that these are early, emerging findings. Many claimants will only just have gone onto LHA or received direct payment for the first time, so the behavioural impacts of LHA are unlikely to have fed through as yet. These will be monitored throughout the evaluation period to assess any future changes and so these findings may develop over time.
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