Housing Benefit Explained
Housing Benefit was designed to help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. Universal Credit has been introduced to replace this benefit.
Your Housing Benefit, or housing costs element of Universal Credit might be reduced. This is often referred to as the ‘Bedroom Tax’ or the ‘under-occupation penalty’ or the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’.
Housing Benefit could be reduced if you live in council or social housing and have a spare bedroom(s). If you have more bedrooms than the government says you need, your home will be counted as being too big for you. The reduction is:
Your home will be too big for you if you have more than one bedroom for each of the people shown below:
Sharing a room:
The following can have their own bedroom:
One spare bedroom is allowed for:
If rooms are used by students and members of the armed or reserve forces then these will not be counted as ‘spare’ if they are away and intend to return home.
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