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Current Room Rates for Local Housing Allowance

There are two separate Broad Rental Market Areas in Eden. These are called 'North Cumbria' and 'West Cumbria', which applies to the Threlkeld area. For more information on Broad Rental Market Areas, see Local Housing Allowance.

Local Housing Allowance is based on the number of your bedrooms that your household requires. It is important that you correctly work out the number of rooms you need and therefore the rate of Local Housing Allowance that your Housing Benefit will be based on.

Room Rates for 2014/2015

North Cumbria

Number of Bedrooms Weekly Amount
1 bedroom shared facilities

£58.32

1 bedroom self contained

£80.77

2 bedrooms

£93.46

3 bedrooms

£111.92

4 bedrooms

£139.84

West Cumbria

Number of Bedrooms Weekly Amount
1 bedroom shared facilities

£62.62

1 bedroom self contained

£78.46

2 bedrooms

£92.31

3 bedrooms

£103.85

4 bedrooms

£132.69

Allow one bedroom for:

  • Every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Any two children regardless of sex aged under 10
  • Any other child (under 16)

Most single claimants under 35 years of age will only be entitled to the 1 bedroom shared Local Housing Allowance rate.

Single claimants over 35 years of age and couples with no dependant children will be entitled to the 1 bedroom self-contained Local Housing Allowance rate, providing they have exclusive use of other facilities, such as a living room, kitchen, or bathroom.

If the rent you pay is higher than the above Local Housing Allowance rate, your Housing Benefit will be calculated using the Local Housing Allowance rate. If your rent is lower that the Local Housing Allowance rate, your benefit will be calculated using your rent.

Please note this is the maximum amount of Local Housing Allowance you will get, your actual benefit may be less, depending on the amount of money you have coming in and if other adults (non-dependants) apart from your partner, live with you.

You can use the online bedroom calculator (opens in new window) if you need help working out the number of bedrooms that you will need.

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