(Officially known as “Removal of spare room subsidy”, “under-occupancy charge“)
May affect anyone under pensionable age who lives in a home rented from their local Council or a Housing Association, and who receives Housing Benefit (HB). This could happen if your home is considered too large for you.
Housing Benefit is reduced if you have more bedrooms than the Government consider necessary. The Government say that the following are entitled to one bedroom each:
- An adult couple
- A single person aged 16 or over
- Two children of the same sex up to 16, unless one of the children has a disability
- Two children under 10, unless one of the children has a disability
- A family member serving operationally in the Armed Forces
You may qualify for an extra bedroom if your household includes:
- A disabled adult, child or non-dependant who needs overnight care from a non-resident carer or group of carers
- An adult couple who are unable to share a room because of a disability
- A disabled child who would be expected to share a bedroom but cannot share because of a disability
- A foster carer
Otherwise, if you have 1 ‘spare’ or additional bedroom, your Housing Benefit will be reduced by 14%
If you have 2 or more ‘spare’ or additional bedrooms, your Housing Benefit will be reduced by 25%.