Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham has called on the Government to lift the cap on housing benefits. Alongside 30 homeless charities including Shelter, faith leaders, MPs, and housing sector organisations, Jim has called for the government to abandon the freeze on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) in order for low-income families to avoid homelessness.
LHA is the support that low-income families receive for private rented homes and it helps around 1.2 million households to keep a roof over their head. Since 2011, Conservative led governments have seen the amount of money people can access for housing costs decrease. Meanwhile whilst rents have continued to rise.
Jim Cunningham MP said that "I am disappointed by a recent LGA survey which finds that 96% of councils are concerned that homelessness will increase as a result of the LHA freeze. A further 94% of councils have said they believe it will be more difficult to meet the requirements of the new Homelessness Reduction Act if the freeze is not lifted.
"This is of particular concern given that in the last six years the number of people sleeping rough on our streets has more than doubled, the number of homeless households has risen by almost half to nearly 60,000 and this year well over 120,000 children are without a home."