Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on 18 February.

Read our tribute.

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Benefits & support Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules

LHA is Housing Benefit paid to most tenants of private landlords when you:

  •  make a new claim for Housing Benefit; or
  •  claim after a gap in benefit because of a change in circumstances; or
  •  move to a privately rented home from another type of home such as a housing association property.

The amount of benefit you get depends on:

  • who lives with you
  •  where your home is
  •  how much money you have coming in
  •  your savings
  • how much rent you pay
  • your age

LHA rules do not apply to you if:

  • you have been claiming without a break, for the same address, since before April 2008
  • you are a private tenant whose tenancy began before January 1989
  • you are a tenant of a housing association, Manchester Housing or Northwards Housing
  • you are a tenant of a charity or voluntary organisation with a package of care and support from your landlord or somebody else on your landlord’s behalf
  • you live in a caravan, houseboat, mobile home or hostel
  • you live in board-and-lodging accommodation.

If LHA rules apply to you, you can find the LHA rate for your home. You need to know:

To claim Local Housing Allowance or find out what you are entitled to use our online form.

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