Around 900,000 people could receive more housing benefit from April after the Government confirmed it will be lifting the four-year freeze on local housing allowance – a means-tested support for private tenants.
New LGA analysis has found that councils are having to spend nearly 10 times as much on placing homeless households in ‘bed and breakfast’ accommodation as they were a decade ago, because of rising demand for support and a shortage of homes.
The LGA said the move could cost councils an extra £70 million a year for borrowing. It has expressed concerns over the impact this will have on the financial viability of capital schemes. …
The Government has announced £4 million of ‘new burdens’ funding to help councils identify dangerous cladding and insulation on all high-rise residential buildings in their areas.