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Bedroom tax

Size criteria applies to the social housing sector.

People living in houses larger than they need (under-occupiers) will have to either:

  • Move to somewhere smaller
  • Make up the difference in rent because their Housing Benefit reduces

This change is for working-age people only. Housing benefit size criteria does not apply to:

  • People of a pensionable age
  • People in shared accommodation

Size criteria

  • 1 bedroom for each adult or adult couple plus
  • 1 bedroom for every 2 children under the age of 10 (regardless of gender)
  • 1 bedroom for every 2 children under the age of 16 if they are the same gender
  • 1 bedroom for any other child
  • 1 bedroom for a non resident carer if providing care for the tenant or their partner.

Housing benefit reduction

If you have more rooms than the Social Sector Size Criteria allows, the eligible rent used in your Housing Benefit calculation reduces by:

  • 14% if you under-occupy by one bedroom
  • 25% if you under-occupy by two or more bedrooms

Discretionary housing payments

Extra help is available by means of a Discretionary Housing Payment Fund for those affected by this change. This money is for:

  • Those that have to remain in their property as it has been adapted to suit their disability
  • Those who have to keep a room spare as they are registered foster carers