Section: Welfare Benefits

Care leavers and homeless people could receive extra housing support

Posted 03.06.21
GOV.UK: Further reading

Thousands of vulnerable people, including care leavers, will get more cash to pay their rent, thanks to changes to housing benefits.

Increases to the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) are expected to benefit thousands of Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants.

The SAR is applied to renters aged under 35 claiming support through Local Housing Allowance (LHA). It adjusts their benefit to the cost of renting a room in shared accommodation, but there is a higher, one-bedroom rate for people who need to rent solo housing.

There are two key changes:

These changes came into force from Monday 31 May 2021 - two years earlier than scheduled.

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