Date lodged: 12 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the availability and affordability of shared housing for people for who are entitled only to the shared accommodation rate of local housing allowance.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 12 March 2019
Chapter 3.1 of the paper Housing and Social Security: follow-up paper on Welfare Reform, contains an analysis of the impact of the UK Government’s freeze to local housing allowance (LHA) rates, and is available on the Scottish Government’s website at the following location: https://www.gov.scot/publications/annual-report-welfare-reform-follow-up-paper-housing-social-security/pages/4/ .
It contains tables which set out the portion of the actual rental market in each area that each LHA rate (including the shared accommodation rate) can access and the difference in cash terms (per week) between the LHA rate and a property at the thirtieth percentile of the rate.