I agree for once with Melvin, it is a reprehensible incentibve that says find a lower standard of accommodation and we will give you a backhander.
It is also useless. The yearly HB bill is about 19bn in figures given last week (4.49m claiming an average of £81.41 pw) and so £160m represents less than a one per cent saving most if not all of whose admin costs will negate. It will have reduced the average LHA rate by a similar amount, less than one per cent.
So all that can be said for it is that vulnerable tenants shopping around have saved the government £160m per year - still a significant amount of money, yet in doing so by vulnerable people taking likely inferior accommodation, is that these people actually now suffer from that lesser accommodation and get nothing in return. So while this should never have been introduced in the first place those that took the up to £15 per week are now penalised and that is simply outrageous.
Dont hit a man while hes down, kick him its easier (and while youre there mug him too!)