Good afternoon Everyone,
From 1st April 2013 there will be changes to housing benefit. The bedroom tax will be introduced, which means there will be size criteria when calculating housing benefit. It will replicate the current Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which is currently in place for tenants of private landlords. This will apply to any tenants of Registered Social Landlords (RSL) i.e. Housing Associations, council tenants. The tax will not apply to tenants who are over Pension Credit age.
To simplify, this means that you can claim HB based on the number of people in your home. The rooms you can claim for are as follows....
One bedroom is allowed for:
A child, or other adult of the household aged 16 or over.
Any 2 children of the same sex, up to the age of 16.
Any 2 children, regardless of sex, up to age 10.
Any other child (other than a foster child or child whose main home is elsewhere). In this case any extra rent would be expected to be paid out of fostering allowance
Or a non-resident carer, who regularly provides overnight care for a disabled claimant.
HB for any rooms in excess of those deemed 'needed' will be reduced by:
14% if you have 1 extra bedroom
25% if you have 2 or more extra bedrooms
Who will be affected?
All claimants who are deemed to have at least one extra bedroom will be affected.
Separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this.
Couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation.
Foster carers, because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes
Families with disabled children.
Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.
If you are under 35 and single you will get HB for one bedroom in shared accommodation.
For more detailed information see:
See the 'Housing costs element', this will also link to 'housing benefit'.
Oh, and Happy New Year!