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CIH Cymru welcomes Local Housing Allowance announcement

25/10/2017


Prime Minister Theresa May today announced that the Local Housing Allowance cap "will not apply...to supported housing - indeed we will not be implementing it in the wider social housing sector"

CIH Cymru director, Matt Dicks, said:

“The plan to cap social rents at Local Housing Allowance rates is something our members have been gravely concerned about. These plans threatened the affordability and viability of social housing in some of the most deprived areas of Wales. Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the cap will not apply in supported housing or the broader social housing sector is strongly welcomed. The Government has clearly listened to the wide collection of expert voices within the housing profession who have for some time highlighted the short-comings of this policy direction.

“Whilst we await further detail, we hope that today’s decision is the starting point through which the UK government also takes a step-back to consider how the negative impacts of the current roll-out of Universal Credit can be eased and mitigated fully.”


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