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Local Housing Allowance rates from April 2019 – Some increases in maximum amounts of Housing Benefit that can be paid And . . . Sandwell’s Fostering Service

We have just produced a poster of these years LHA rates. There are increases from the 2018 rates for three of the accommodation sizes. You can download the poster on a PDF using the link below:

LHA rates April 2019


Don’t forget of course that the LHA rate is the maximum amount we will pay for a claimant in each size of accommodation. It is not necessarily the amount we will pay after we have applied all the normal rules in calculating someone’s entitlement.

On a completely separate subject; with only very rare exceptions we won’t post on the blog about subjects that aren’t directly concerned with housing, landlord or benefit issues. The blog is after all for a specific purpose – but there’s the odd subject I’ll break the rule for. I’m happy to do that here as this is for some of Sandwell’s most vulnerable children. Please see the poster below from my colleagues in the Sandwell’s Children’s Trust.


It’s too late for the first event which was in March – but there are two other events coming up. If you think you might be interested in fostering, please do give it some thought. You’ll find more information on the Sandwell Fostering Facebook page.


Local Housing Allowance

Benefits rates poster

You might have seen that we posted the Local Housing Allowance rates for 2015 last week although it was just on a screen shot taken from the Valuations Agency website. You can now download a pdf poster of the 2015 rates LHA rates from April 2015. pdf

Just in case you have trouble with PDFs, I’ve also put the figures below.


Birmingham BRMA

Shared Accommodation Rate: £57.34 per week

One Bedroom Rate: £98.87 per week

Two Bedrooms Rate:£120.29 per week

Three Bedrooms Rate:£132.00 per week

Four Bedrooms Rate:£173.41 per week

Black Country BRMA

Shared Accommodation Rate:£60.00 per week

One Bedroom Rate:£86.30 per week – Two Bedrooms Rate:

£104.89 per week

Three Bedrooms Rate:£120.29 per week

Four Bedrooms Rate:£151.50 per week