Working out your local housing allowance if you're a care leaver under 22

To work out how much benefit you might get you need to find out what Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate your benefit will be based on.

If you are a care leaver aged less than 22, or if you live with a care leaver aged less than 22 as your partner, and have no dependent children your benefit will be based on the one bedroom Local Housing Allowance rate.

By care leaver we mean someone who was subject to a care order on their 16th birthday and who was looked after by a local authority for a period totalling at least 13 weeks between the ages of 14 and 16.

You can find out what the Local Housing Allowance room rates are by checking our Local Housing Allowance rates page.

Other things that may affect your LHA:

  • Your income
  • Your savings
  • The amount of your rent.