ELHA Assistance Scheme
The ELHA Assistance Scheme is used to assist tenants where current benefit entitlements fall short. This Scheme has been used in the past to write off arrears caused by the underoccupancy deduction (also known as 'Bedroom Tax') from Housing Benefit and the housing element of Universal Credit until this gap was filled by the Discretionary Housing Payment, and to write off arrears caused by the one week standstill for Universal Credit payments until this was removed by the Department of Work and Pensions.
Coronavirus and the "Five Week Wait"
We have now extended the Scheme to cover tenants affected by a reduction in income due to the pandemic. Please click the link below to read the full document, and to see if you may be eligible. If you think you may be eligible, please contact your Housing Officer to discuss your situation.
While this Scheme is still part of our services, all under occupancy deductions from Housing Benefit or Universal Credit are covered by the Discretionary Housing Payment from East Lothian Council.
Under our Allocations policy, we have different criteria for under occupancy. Anyone who is under occupying our property because of this policy is automatically accepted onto the scheme if a claim for discretionary housing payment fails.
We also allow exchange tenants to under occupy by one bedroom, as long as they agree that they will cover any shortfall in benefit. Please click the link to read the full document and to see if you may be eligible. If you think you may be eligible, please contact your Housing Officer.