If you live in social housing and are of working age, the Government has introduced strict new rules for housing benefit which may affect you.
Since April 2013, the amount of housing benefit you can receive now relates to the size of property that the government deems that you need.
Find out if you are affected now. Click here to use our bedroom tax calculator.
If you are affected and would like to move to a smaller home, click here to register for HomeSwapper or contact our Allocations Team on 01270 506200.
How does the bedroom tax work?
The size criteria in the social housing sector restricts housing benefit to allow for one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household, with the following exceptions:
- Two children under the age of 16, who are of the same gender are expected to share a bedroom
- Two children under the age of 10 are expected to share a bedroom regardless of gender
- A disabled tenant or their partner, who needs a non residential overnight carer will be allowed an extra bedroom
- Approved foster carers will be allowed an additional bedroom so long as they have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer in the last twelve months
- Any grown up children over the age of 18 who are in the Armed Forces will be treated as continuing to live at home when deployed on operations
- Disabled children who are unable to share a bedroom with a sibling because of their disability are allowed their own bedroom.
Who is affected?
All customers who are deemed to have at least one spare bedroom are affected. This includes:
- Seperated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this. Benefit rules mean that there must be a designated 'main carer' for children who recieve the extra benefit
- Couples who use their spare bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation
- Parents whose children visit but do not live there permanently
- Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designated properties.
We're here to help
Our MoneyWise Team can help - if you would like to speak to the team please call 01270 503575 or use the form below.