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Local Housing Allowance Rates 2021

If you rent from a private landlord, Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are a starting point to determine how much universal credit or housing benefit you are entitled to. To help you calculate your LHA we've downloaded local housing allowance rates from Gov.uk. See what the rates are in your area, depending on the number of bedrooms.

How many bedrooms am I entitled to for LHA?

Private renters who get a housing allowance are entitled to up to 4 bedrooms. And the more bedrooms you get, the more money you'll get each month to help pay your rent. But how many bedrooms will you be entitled to? It depends on the make up of your household. To give you a rough idea, you can generally claim 1 bedroom for each of the following:

  • You (including a partner if claiming as a couple)
  • Each other couple (if you claim housing benefit)
  • Each other person aged 16 or over (even if part of a couple if you claim universal credit)
  • 2 children under 16 of the same gender
  • 2 children under 10 of any gender
  • Any other child under 16 years old

LHA Categories

There are five categories of LHA rates, which are labeled alphabetically. Categories A and B related to shared housing, with Cat A usually applying to single people under 35 without a child. (Read more here.) Here are brief overviews of the 5 categories.

  • CAT A. A dwelling where the tenant has exclusive use of only one bedroom with shared use of other facilities.
  • CAT B. A dwelling where the tenant has exclusive use of only one bedroom with exclusive use of other facilities.
  • CAT C. A dwelling where the tenant has the use of only two bedrooms.
  • CAT D. A dwelling where the tenant has the use of only three bedrooms.
  • CAT E. A dwelling where the tenant has the use of only four bedrooms.

How are LHA rates set?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) uses mathematical calculations to determine the LHA rate, which is the lower of:

  • The 30th percentile on a list of rents in the Broad Rental Market Area
  • The currently set LHA

Maximum LHA

The maximum amount you can get for your local housing allowance depends on which category you fall in, but the absolute maximum is £593.75 per week (approximately £2,573 per month) for four bedrooms.

Maximum LHAWeeklyApproximate Calendar Monthly Equivalent
CAT A£295.49£1,280
CAT B£295.49£1,280
CAT C£365.92£1,586
CAT D£441.86£1,915
CAT E£593.75£2,573

LHA Rates by BRMA (per week)

There are 152 Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA) boundaries used to determine LHA rates. Here are the weekly LHA rates for 2021 for each of the five categories:

BRMACAT ACAT BCAT CCAT DCAT E
Ashford£78.00£143.84£168.00£207.12£260.05
Aylesbury£78.59£155.34£184.11£241.64£322.19
Barnsley£61.50£84.00£92.05£109.32£148.44
Barrow-in-Furness£81.35£86.54£102.41£126.58£166.85
Basingstoke£78.59£159.95£189.86£218.63£287.67
Bath£105.82£166.85£195.62£228.99£402.74
Bedford£79.57£132.33£166.85£201.37£264.66
Birmingham£67.00£120.82£143.84£155.34£195.62
Black Country£60.18£91.82£117.37£136.93£172.60
Blackwater Valley£86.50£161.10£201.37£253.15£333.70
Bolton and Bury£66.74£90.90£110.47£136.93£184.11
Bournemouth£76.50£137.74£174.90£218.63£287.67
Bradford & South Dales£68.30£80.55£103.56£120.82£141.53
Brighton and Hove£98.96£184.11£230.14£276.16£390.08
Bristol£90.10£159.95£189.86£218.63£304.93
Bury St Edmunds£82.85£120.82£149.59£184.11£276.16
Cambridge£97.00£178.36£195.62£218.63£299.18
Canterbury£78.59£136.93£182.96£224.38£287.67
Central Greater Manchester£75.50£138.08£149.59£166.85£218.63
Central Lancs£66.50£90.90£115.07£132.33£182.96
Central London£154.19£295.49£365.92£441.86£593.75
Central Norfolk & Norwich£82.85£113.92£138.08£163.40£218.63
Chelmsford£90.10£149.59£182.96£226.68£298.03
Cheltenham£78.59£126.58£159.95£195.62£275.01
Cherwell Valley£78.02£149.59£178.36£207.12£298.61
Chesterfield£55.75£89.75£103.56£126.58£166.85
Chichester£78.59£149.59£189.86£228.99£310.68
Chilterns£89.75£172.60£224.38£287.67£379.73
Colchester£71.34£120.82£158.79£195.62£253.15
Coventry£77.50£112.77£132.33£155.34£201.37
Crawley & Reigate£101.61£172.60£218.63£276.16£356.71
Darlington£66.50£76.15£92.05£113.92£151.89
Derby£62.83£90.90£115.07£136.93£182.96
Doncaster£61.50£86.30£101.26£111.62£150.74
Dover-Shepway£65.00£100.11£132.33£172.60£207.12
Durham£65.00£74.79£87.45£103.56£140.38
East Cheshire£82.85£113.92£138.08£189.86£299.18
East Lancs£64.25£85.00£97.81£115.00£159.95
East Thames Valley£103.56£184.11£230.14£293.42£368.22
Eastbourne£74.81£138.08£176.05£207.12£276.16
Eastern Staffordshire£67.08£97.81£120.82£143.84£182.96
Exeter£96.66£131.18£156.49£189.86£253.15
Fylde Coast£65.00£85.00£114.61£132.33£150.00
Gloucester£78.59£103.56£138.08£172.60£218.63
Grantham & Newark£85.00£86.30£111.62£132.33£182.96
Greater Liverpool£65.25£92.05£108.16£120.82£156.00
Grimsby£62.75£77.00£98.96£103.56£142.68
Guildford£112.77£195.62£253.15£316.44£414.25
Halifax£70.50£86.30£103.56£120.82£149.59
Harlow & Stortford£76.50£165.70£207.12£258.90£299.18
Harrogate£75.00£120.82£153.04£182.96£246.25
Herefordshire£77.55£97.81£126.58£156.49£205.97
High Weald£100.11£159.95£207.12£260.05£345.21
Hull & East Riding£70.00£80.00£92.05£109.32£138.08
Huntingdon£65.59£130.03£161.10£189.86£253.15
Inner East London£136.50£295.49£365.92£441.86£585.70
Inner North London£147.29£295.49£365.92£441.86£593.75
Inner South East London£118.87£264.66£310.68£385.48£506.30
Inner South West London£116.91£295.49£356.71£441.86£593.75
Inner West London£143.84£278.01£339.45£441.86£533.92
Ipswich£71.34£112.77£140.38£164.55£205.97
Isle of Wight£71.50£103.56£132.33£166.85£205.97
Kendal£68.00£113.92£138.08£166.85£195.62
Kernow West£80.97£113.92£143.84£169.15£212.88
Kings Lynn£65.59£103.56£132.33£155.34£195.62
Kirklees£56.50£85.00£103.56£126.58£162.25
Lancaster£70.25£96.66£120.82£138.08£161.10
Leeds£66.16£120.82£136.93£161.10£207.12
Leicester£78.00£103.56£130.03£155.34£205.97
Lincoln£66.25£97.81£117.37£132.33£172.60
Lincolnshire Fens£66.50£100.11£132.33£149.59£172.60
Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth£81.50£92.00£116.22£126.58£166.85
Luton£78.59£143.84£178.36£224.38£264.66
Maidstone£88.85£149.59£187.56£224.38£287.67
Medway & Swale£72.84£136.93£172.60£195.62£276.16
Mendip£75.00£111.62£143.84£179.51£230.14
Mid & East Devon£84.50£103.56£136.93£166.85£207.12
Mid & West Dorset£80.00£119.67£149.59£182.96£241.64
Mid Staffs£67.08£97.81£126.58£149.59£195.62
Milton Keynes£70.00£149.59£189.86£224.38£299.18
Newbury£78.59£155.34£192.74£241.64£322.19
North Cheshire£66.50£97.81£115.07£136.93£201.37
North Cornwall & Devon Borders£70.00£97.81£123.12£149.59£184.11
North Cumbria£68.00£80.55£97.81£120.82£155.34
North Devon£69.04£97.81£126.58£149.59£182.96
North Nottingham£66.50£80.55£103.56£109.32£155.34
North West Kent£88.85£155.34£195.62£241.64£299.18
North West London£113.11£230.14£287.67£356.71£425.75
Northampton£89.50£126.58£159.95£184.11£234.74
Northants Central£80.00£109.32£138.08£159.95£205.97
Northumberland£73.90£78.25£90.90£109.32£161.10
Nottingham£80.55£108.16£126.58£143.84£184.11
Oldham & Rochdale£66.39£90.90£103.85£126.58£159.95
Outer East London£113.11£241.64£299.18£356.71£414.25
Outer North East London£101.61£207.12£264.66£316.44£398.14
Outer North London£113.11£246.24£299.18£368.22£437.26
Outer South East London£103.56£205.97£253.15£299.18£368.22
Outer South London£103.56£201.37£253.15£316.44£399.29
Outer South West London£116.91£241.64£304.93£368.22£494.79
Outer West London£115.07£212.88£270.41£322.19£379.73
Oxford£118.87£178.36£210.00£253.15£364.77
Peaks & Dales£70.19£97.70£120.82£143.84£172.60
Peterborough£65.59£110.47£136.93£159.95£207.12
Plymouth£73.50£103.56£134.63£159.95£195.62
Portsmouth£78.81£134.63£166.85£201.37£276.16
Reading£89.75£182.96£218.63£264.66£356.71
Richmond & Hambleton£75.00£92.05£115.07£136.93£172.60
Rotherham£61.50£86.30£97.81£110.47£157.64
Rugby & East£84.35£120.82£147.29£172.60£228.99
Salisbury£83.10£132.33£166.85£195.62£253.15
Scarborough£65.50£86.30£111.62£128.88£149.59
Scunthorpe£56.00£74.79£103.56£111.62£136.93
Sheffield£65.59£109.32£120.82£132.33£187.56
Shropshire£75.00£92.05£120.82£143.84£182.96
Solihull£85.50£132.33£166.85£201.37£276.16
South Cheshire£60.00£90.90£113.92£136.93£189.86
South Devon£65.00£103.56£138.08£168.00£207.12
South East Herts£82.04£172.60£212.88£276.16£322.19
South West Essex£76.64£161.10£201.37£247.40£306.66
South West Herts£95.85£184.11£230.14£299.18£391.23
Southampton£77.44£136.93£178.36£212.88£276.16
Southend£73.99£138.08£182.96£230.14£299.18
Southern Greater Manchester£82.81£120.82£149.59£172.60£253.15
Southport£76.50£94.00£124.27£153.04£189.86
St Helens£65.00£86.30£101.26£126.58£171.45
Staffordshire North£60.95£86.30£97.81£126.58£171.45
Stevenage & North Herts£78.59£155.34£195.62£241.64£299.18
Sunderland£63.50£89.75£100.00£113.92£148.18
Sussex East£74.79£115.07£149.59£195.62£230.14
Swindon£78.59£126.58£151.89£182.96£230.14
Tameside & Glossop£65.84£92.05£113.92£136.93£172.60
Taunton & West Somerset£84.50£103.56£136.93£164.55£207.12
Teesside£65.00£86.30£99.65£115.00£155.34
Thanet£69.04£109.32£149.59£184.11£218.63
Tyneside£70.19£97.81£109.32£126.58£182.96
Wakefield£61.50£90.90£109.32£120.82£172.60
Walton£109.71£195.62£253.15£310.68£407.34
Warwickshire South£85.50£143.84£172.60£207.12£276.16
West Cheshire£73.25£103.56£126.58£149.59£205.97
West Cumbria£68.00£80.55£96.66£113.92£138.08
West Pennine£69.81£80.55£89.75£103.56£149.59
West Wiltshire£78.59£119.67£149.59£182.96£230.14
Weston-S-Mare£99.06£109.32£138.08£172.60£212.88
Wigan£61.33£80.55£103.56£114.84£155.34
Winchester£83.50£166.85£197.92£253.15£368.22
Wirral£55.02£86.30£103.56£126.58£166.85
Wolds and Coast£69.38£82.85£104.14£121.97£138.08
Worcester North£66.50£101.26£126.72£149.59£195.62
Worcester South£84.27£115.07£143.84£172.60£218.63
Worthing£71.50£143.84£184.11£223.23£287.67
Yeovil£77.00£101.26£132.33£166.85£212.88
York£75.00£125.42£149.59£166.85£241.64

2021 LHA Rates by BRMA (per month)

In this table we have approximated the LHA rates per calendar month. We did this by multiplying the weekly figures in the table above by 52 (to get an annual figure) then dividing that annual figure by 12 to get monthly figures.

BRMACAT ACAT BCAT CCAT DCAT E
Ashford£338£623£728£898£1,127
Aylesbury£341£673£798£1,047£1,396
Barnsley£267£364£399£474£643
Barrow-in-Furness£353£375£444£549£723
Basingstoke£341£693£823£947£1,247
Bath£459£723£848£992£1,745
Bedford£345£573£723£873£1,147
Birmingham£290£524£623£673£848
Black Country£261£398£509£593£748
Blackwater Valley£375£698£873£1,097£1,446
Bolton and Bury£289£394£479£593£798
Bournemouth£332£597£758£947£1,247
Bradford & South Dales£296£349£449£524£613
Brighton and Hove£429£798£997£1,197£1,690
Bristol£390£693£823£947£1,321
Bury St Edmunds£359£524£648£798£1,197
Cambridge£420£773£848£947£1,296
Canterbury£341£593£793£972£1,247
Central Greater Manchester£327£598£648£723£947
Central Lancs£288£394£499£573£793
Central London£668£1,280£1,586£1,915£2,573
Central Norfolk & Norwich£359£494£598£708£947
Chelmsford£390£648£793£982£1,291
Cheltenham£341£549£693£848£1,192
Cherwell Valley£338£648£773£898£1,294
Chesterfield£242£389£449£549£723
Chichester£341£648£823£992£1,346
Chilterns£389£748£972£1,247£1,645
Colchester£309£524£688£848£1,097
Coventry£336£489£573£673£873
Crawley & Reigate£440£748£947£1,197£1,546
Darlington£288£330£399£494£658
Derby£272£394£499£593£793
Doncaster£267£374£439£484£653
Dover-Shepway£282£434£573£748£898
Durham£282£324£379£449£608
East Cheshire£359£494£598£823£1,296
East Lancs£278£368£424£498£693
East Thames Valley£449£798£997£1,271£1,596
Eastbourne£324£598£763£898£1,197
Eastern Staffordshire£291£424£524£623£793
Exeter£419£568£678£823£1,097
Fylde Coast£282£368£497£573£650
Gloucester£341£449£598£748£947
Grantham & Newark£368£374£484£573£793
Greater Liverpool£283£399£469£524£676
Grimsby£272£334£429£449£618
Guildford£489£848£1,097£1,371£1,795
Halifax£306£374£449£524£648
Harlow & Stortford£332£718£898£1,122£1,296
Harrogate£325£524£663£793£1,067
Herefordshire£336£424£549£678£893
High Weald£434£693£898£1,127£1,496
Hull & East Riding£303£347£399£474£598
Huntingdon£284£563£698£823£1,097
Inner East London£592£1,280£1,586£1,915£2,538
Inner North London£638£1,280£1,586£1,915£2,573
Inner South East London£515£1,147£1,346£1,670£2,194
Inner South West London£507£1,280£1,546£1,915£2,573
Inner West London£623£1,205£1,471£1,915£2,314
Ipswich£309£489£608£713£893
Isle of Wight£310£449£573£723£893
Kendal£295£494£598£723£848
Kernow West£351£494£623£733£922
Kings Lynn£284£449£573£673£848
Kirklees£245£368£449£549£703
Lancaster£304£419£524£598£698
Leeds£287£524£593£698£898
Leicester£338£449£563£673£893
Lincoln£287£424£509£573£748
Lincolnshire Fens£288£434£573£648£748
Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth£353£399£504£549£723
Luton£341£623£773£972£1,147
Maidstone£385£648£813£972£1,247
Medway & Swale£316£593£748£848£1,197
Mendip£325£484£623£778£997
Mid & East Devon£366£449£593£723£898
Mid & West Dorset£347£519£648£793£1,047
Mid Staffs£291£424£549£648£848
Milton Keynes£303£648£823£972£1,296
Newbury£341£673£835£1,047£1,396
North Cheshire£288£424£499£593£873
North Cornwall & Devon Borders£303£424£534£648£798
North Cumbria£295£349£424£524£673
North Devon£299£424£549£648£793
North Nottingham£288£349£449£474£673
North West Kent£385£673£848£1,047£1,296
North West London£490£997£1,247£1,546£1,845
Northampton£388£549£693£798£1,017
Northants Central£347£474£598£693£893
Northumberland£320£339£394£474£698
Nottingham£349£469£549£623£798
Oldham & Rochdale£288£394£450£549£693
Outer East London£490£1,047£1,296£1,546£1,795
Outer North East London£440£898£1,147£1,371£1,725
Outer North London£490£1,067£1,296£1,596£1,895
Outer South East London£449£893£1,097£1,296£1,596
Outer South London£449£873£1,097£1,371£1,730
Outer South West London£507£1,047£1,321£1,596£2,144
Outer West London£499£922£1,172£1,396£1,645
Oxford£515£773£910£1,097£1,581
Peaks & Dales£304£423£524£623£748
Peterborough£284£479£593£693£898
Plymouth£319£449£583£693£848
Portsmouth£342£583£723£873£1,197
Reading£389£793£947£1,147£1,546
Richmond & Hambleton£325£399£499£593£748
Rotherham£267£374£424£479£683
Rugby & East£366£524£638£748£992
Salisbury£360£573£723£848£1,097
Scarborough£284£374£484£558£648
Scunthorpe£243£324£449£484£593
Sheffield£284£474£524£573£813
Shropshire£325£399£524£623£793
Solihull£371£573£723£873£1,197
South Cheshire£260£394£494£593£823
South Devon£282£449£598£728£898
South East Herts£356£748£922£1,197£1,396
South West Essex£332£698£873£1,072£1,329
South West Herts£415£798£997£1,296£1,695
Southampton£336£593£773£922£1,197
Southend£321£598£793£997£1,296
Southern Greater Manchester£359£524£648£748£1,097
Southport£332£407£539£663£823
St Helens£282£374£439£549£743
Staffordshire North£264£374£424£549£743
Stevenage & North Herts£341£673£848£1,047£1,296
Sunderland£275£389£433£494£642
Sussex East£324£499£648£848£997
Swindon£341£549£658£793£997
Tameside & Glossop£285£399£494£593£748
Taunton & West Somerset£366£449£593£713£898
Teesside£282£374£432£498£673
Thanet£299£474£648£798£947
Tyneside£304£424£474£549£793
Wakefield£267£394£474£524£748
Walton£475£848£1,097£1,346£1,765
Warwickshire South£371£623£748£898£1,197
West Cheshire£317£449£549£648£893
West Cumbria£295£349£419£494£598
West Pennine£303£349£389£449£648
West Wiltshire£341£519£648£793£997
Weston-S-Mare£429£474£598£748£922
Wigan£266£349£449£498£673
Winchester£362£723£858£1,097£1,596
Wirral£238£374£449£549£723
Wolds and Coast£301£359£451£529£598
Worcester North£288£439£549£648£848
Worcester South£365£499£623£748£947
Worthing£310£623£798£967£1,247
Yeovil£334£439£573£723£922
York£325£543£648£723£1,047

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