Date lodged: 30 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the proposed changes to the local housing allowance will have on vulnerable groups.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 7 December 2016
The application of the local housing allowance to the social rented sector will have an impact on tenants in a variety of circumstances including vulnerable groups in general needs accommodation as well as those in temporary, or supported accommodation.
Worryingly, shortly before the autumn statement, the DWP announced all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be affected by the Local Housing Allowance cap rather than only those starting a tenancy after April 2016, as was the original proposal. As has become usual practice from the Tory UK government, this was with no notice or consultation. This recent announcement means that the cuts from the LHA cap will potentially impact many more people from 2019 than was originally proposed.