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We warn Scottish Parliament of devastating ‘hidden’ benefit cut

Ahead of the Scottish Government debate on ‘Dignity, Fairness and Respect and Disability Benefits’ on Thursday 9th June, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is highlighting the potentially devastating effects of little known changes to Housing Benefit by the UK Government  – as well as the action Scottish Government could take to head these off.

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Currently, the Housing Benefit available to private rented sector tenants is capped at what is called the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate. If a private rented sector tenant’s rent is higher than the LHA, they have to find the cash difference from other sources.

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