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Social Sector Size Criteria (‘Bedroom Tax’)

The amount of Housing Benefit paid to people of working age (18-64 years) was changed to reflect the size of their family. Tenants of all social landlords now have their Housing Benefit payments reduced if they have more bedrooms in their home than their family needs.

The new rules allow one bedroom for:

  • each adult couple
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • any two children aged under 10, regardless of gender
  • any other child (other than a foster child or child whose main home is elsewhere)
  • a carer (or team of carers) who do not live with the claimant but provide overnight care

If you are considered as having more bedrooms than you need, your Housing Benefit will reduce by:

  • 14% for under-occupying by one bedroom
  • 25% for under-occupying by 2 or more bedrooms

This affects all claimants of working age (up to 64 years). People over pension age will not be affected by the Bedroom Tax.

If you are affected by Bedroom Tax and would like to apply for alternative accommodation please speak to our Housing Team or visit the HomeSwapper website - www.homeswapper.co.uk

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