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Local housing allowance rates

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The Bedroom Entitlement Calculator can help you work out which rate you are eligible for. Please note that single people under 35 years of age may only be entitled to the '1 bedroom shared rate' and not the '1 bedroom' rate. See more information about age restrictions.

Select the calculator and check the Local Housing Allowance Rates for the number of rooms you are entitled to.

You will be entitled to one bedroom - up to a maximum of four - for each of the following:

  • a couple or lone parent
  • other people aged 16 or over
  • two children under 16 of the same sex
  • two children under 10
  • any other child

An extra bedroom can be allowed for a regular (non-resident) overnight carer. To qualify, you or your partner must require, and actually receive, regular overnight care from a carer, or team of carers, and be receiving middle or high rate Disability Living Allowance, PIP daily living, at either rate, Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment or otherwise be able to show us that you require overnight care. Complete the Additional Bedroom for Overnight Carers form below to provide details if you think this may apply to you.

You may also be able to receive an extra room allowance if you have a disabled person who is unable to share a bedroom as described in the categories above. The disabled person must be in receipt of the care component of Disability Living Allowance at middle or high rate; PIP daily living, at either rate, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment.

If you think this may apply to someone in your household, please complete the Extra Bedroom form below.

The amount of 'eligible rent' used in the calculation of your Housing Benefit will be either the appropriate LHA rate or the actual rent you are charged per week, whichever is lower.

The rates are set by the Valuation Office and your claim will be assessed on the LHA rate applicable on the date your claim is made. Unless there is a change to your household your claim will continue to be based on this amount.

Local Housing AllowanceUp to April 2020 (per week)From April 2020 (per week)

*1 Bedroom shared facilities£60.83£71.34
1 Bedroom - own facilities£93.36£112.77
2 Bedroom£118.64£140.38
3 Bedroom   £137.35£164.55
**4 Bedroom£179.66£205.97

* This rate will also apply to those under 35 years of age who are subject to certain restrictions. See more information about age restrictions.

** Please note that LHA rates are restricted to the four bedroom rate

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
1E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000