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Local Housing Allowance Rates: 2020-2021

Published: 25 Mar 2020

These tables show the rates of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for 2020 to 2021 and how they were calculated.

Published:
25 Mar 2020
Local Housing Allowance Rates: 2020-2021

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was introduced in 2008 to provide Housing Benefit entitlement for tenants renting private-sector accommodation in Scotland, England, and Wales. Its introduction meant significant changes to the way Housing Benefit levels were calculated and how benefit was paid. It did not replace Housing Benefit.  It was just a different way of calculating entitlement under the existing Housing Benefit scheme. The LHA was based on the 30th percentile of local rented accommodation with restrictions being brought in over the years.

LHA rates relate to the area in which the housing-benefit claim is made. These areas are called "Broad Rental Market Areas" (BRMAs), defined as "where a person could reasonably be expected to live taking into account access to facilities and services", and a selection of rents in the area are used to determine the LHA for each category of housing in the area. The rates are shown on a weekly basis and are published once a year in accordance with legislation.

The Rent Officer maintains rental information for each category of LHA rates. Mathematical calculations are applied to the list of rents to determine the LHA rate which are set as the lower of:

•          the 30th percentile on a list of rents in the broad rental market area

•          the existing LHA

However due to the coronavirus this year all rates have been set at the 30th percentile. The April 2020–March 2021 LHA rates are set out below.

Policy enquiries should be directed to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scottish LHA report for April 2020 to March 2021 (Amended 25 March 2020) and effective from 1st April 2020. The rates are shown on a weekly basis and are published once a year.

BRMA Name

1 Bedroom Shared

1

Bedroom

2

Bedrooms

3

Bedrooms

4

Bedrooms

Aberdeen and Shire

£74.79

£97.81

£136.93

£172.60

£230.14

Argyll and Bute

£72.74

£86.30

£115.07

£126.58

£207.12

Ayrshires (including East, North and South Ayrshire )

£76.99

£80.55

£97.81

£115.07

£159.95

Dumfries and Galloway

£59.84

£85.15

£103.56

£115.03

£155.34

Dundee and Angus

£69.04

£84.00

£115.07

£149.59

£241.64

East Dunbartonshire

£71.34

£103.56

£136.93

£182.96

£298.03

Fife

£70.19

£86.30

£109.32

£132.33

£195.62

Forth Valley (including Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling)

£74.12

£90.90

£115.07

£149.59

£218.63

Greater Glasgow

£80.55

£113.92

£149.59

£172.60

£322.19

Highland and Islands( including Highland, Moray, Orkney, Western Isles(Eilean Siar),Shetland)

£74.79

£97.81

£126.58

£146.14

£184.11

Lothian (Including City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian)

£94.82

£158.79

£189.86

£253.15

£390.08

North Lanarkshire

£65.59

£82.85

£103.56

£113.92

£182.96

Perth and Kinross

£65.01

£92.05

£115.07

£149.59

£205.97

Renfrewshire/ Inverclyde

£67.66

£80.55

£103.56

£126.58

£230.14

Scottish Borders

£62.14

£74.79

£97.81

£120.82

£184.11

South Lanarkshire

£69.04

£86.30

£109.32

£143.84

£218.63

West Dunbartonshire

£69.04

£86.30

£103.56

£126.58

£218.63

West Lothian

£69.04

£112.77

£138.08

£159.95

£218.63

Downloadable LHA tables

  • Download the LHA rates as a .CSV file (see  bottom of page.)

The downloadable documents show the method used to produce the Local Housing Allowance rates in accordance with statute.

LHA Methodology

The tables below show the method used to produce the Local Housing Allowance rates in accordance with statute.

Column Two

The LHA rates applicable from April 2019 to March 2020 are shown.

Column Three

The 30th percentile figures shown here are derived from twelve cumulative months of lettings information collected up to the end of September 2019.

Column Four

The resulting LHA rates effective from 1st April 2020 are shown. All rates are now set at the 30th percentile.

BRMA

 

LHA rate from April 2019 – March 2020

30th percentile market rents September 2019

LHA rates for April 2020 - March 2021 

Aberdeen and Shire

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£74.79

£74.79

£74.79

1 Bedroom

£97.81

£97.81

£97.81

2 Bedroom

£133.48

£136.93

£136.93

3 Bedroom

£172.60

£172.60

£172.60

4 Bedroom

£228.99

£230.14

£230.14

Argyll and Bute

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£61.36

£72.74

£72.74

1 Bedroom

£84.23

£86.30

£86.30

2 Bedroom

£103.85

£115.07

£115.07

3 Bedroom

£120.29

£126.58

£126.58

4 Bedroom

£180.00

£207.12

£207.12

Ayrshires

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£62.69

£76.99

£76.99

1 Bedroom

£80.55

£80.55

£80.55

2 Bedroom

£97.81

£97.81

£97.81

3 Bedroom

£115.07

£115.07

£115.07

4 Bedroom

£158.90

£159.95

£159.95

Dumfries and Galloway

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£59.44

£59.84

£59.84

1 Bedroom

£80.77

£85.15

£85.15

2 Bedroom

£97.81

£103.56

£103.56

3 Bedroom

£108.26

£115.03

£115.03

4 Bedroom

£129.47

£155.34

£155.34

Dundee and Angus

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£57.69

£69.04

£69.04

1 Bedroom

£79.24

£84.00

£84.00

2 Bedroom

£103.85

£115.07

£115.07

3 Bedroom

£128.19

£149.59

£149.59

4 Bedroom

£189.07

£241.64

£241.64

East Dunbartonshire

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£68.42

£71.34

£71.34

1 Bedroom

£97.81

£103.56

£103.56

2 Bedroom

120.03

£136.93

£136.93

3 Bedroom

£160.38

£182.96

£182.96

4 Bedroom

£221.42

£298.03

£298.03

Fife

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£61.75

£70.19

£70.19

1 Bedroom

£81.58

£86.30

£86.30

2 Bedroom

£102.56

£109.32

£109.32

3 Bedroom

£120.29

£132.33

£132.33

4 Bedroom

£174.81

£195.62

£195.62

Forth Valley

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£64.25

£74.12

£74.12

1 Bedroom

£83.91

£90.90

£90.90

2 Bedroom

£103.56

£115.07

£115.07

3 Bedroom

£126.58

£149.59

£149.59

4 Bedroom

£181.80

£218.63

£218.63

Greater Glasgow

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£68.28

£80.55

£80.55

1 Bedroom

£94.82

£113.92

£113.92

2 Bedroom

£120.03

£149.59

£149.59

3 Bedroom

£137.31

£172.60

£172.60

4 Bedroom

£212.21

£322.19

£322.19

Highlands and Islands

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£60.81

£74.79

£74.79

1 Bedroom

£91.81

£97.81

£97.81

2 Bedroom

£110.72

£126.58

£126.58

3 Bedroom

£126.92

£146.14

£146.14

4 Bedroom

£160.38

£184.11

£184.11

Lothian

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£70.32

£94.82

£94.82

1 Bedroom

£127.33

£158.79

£158.79

2 Bedroom

£154.28

£189.86

£189.86

3 Bedroom

£192.06

£253.15

£253.15

4 Bedroom

£276.92

£390.08

£390.08

North Lanarkshire

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£61.22

£65.59

£65.59

1 Bedroom

£80.55

£82.85

£82.85

2 Bedroom

£99.06

£103.56

£103.56

3 Bedroom

£113.92

£113.92

£113.92

4 Bedroom

£167.31

£182.96

£182.96

Perth and Kinross

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£57.69

£65.01

£65.01

1 Bedroom

£82.40

£92.05

£92.05

2 Bedroom

£105.94

£115.07

£115.07

3 Bedroom

£137.31

£149.59

£149.59

4 Bedroom

£183.46

£205.97

£205.97

Renfrewshire/

Inverclyde

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£60.00

£67.66

£67.66

1 Bedroom

£80.55

£80.55

£80.55

2 Bedroom

£101.54

£103.56

£103.56

3 Bedroom

£125.42

£126.58

£126.58

4 Bedroom

£190.80

£230.14

£230.14

Scottish Borders

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£56.96

£62.14

£62.14

1 Bedroom

£72.00

£74.79

£74.79

2 Bedroom

£92.05

£97.81

£97.81

3 Bedroom

£109.62

£120.82

£120.82

4 Bedroom

£142.61

£184.11

£184.11

South Lanarkshire

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£63.46

£69.04

£69.04

1 Bedroom

£80.55

£86.30

£86.30

2 Bedroom

£103.56

£109.32

£109.32

3 Bedroom

£126.92

£143.84

£143.84

4 Bedroom

£185.40

£218.63

£218.63

West Dunbartonshire

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£63.29

£69.04

£69.04

1 Bedroom

£86.30

£86.30

£86.30

2 Bedroom

£103.56

£103.56

£103.56

3 Bedroom

£113.92

£126.58

£126.58

4 Bedroom

£169.69

£218.63

£218.63

West Lothian

 

 

 

1 Bedroom Shared

£60.03

£69.04

£69.04

1 Bedroom

£98.08

£112.77

£112.77

2 Bedroom

£121.22

£138.08

£138.08

3 Bedroom

£137.87

£159.95

£159.95

4 Bedroom

£180.45

£218.63

£218.63

 

LHA tables 2020 to 2021

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