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Bedroom tax - number of bedrooms allowed

The bedroom tax

One bedroom is allowed for:

  • every adult couple (unless it is inappropriate for you to share a room because of disability and one of you gets a qualifying disability benefit, in which case two rooms would be allowed);

  • any other adult aged 16 or over – including any son, daughter, stepson or stepdaughter serving away on operations as a member of the armed forces, who intends to move back in with you when they return;

  • two children under 10, unless it is inappropriate for them to share a room because of disability;

  • two children under 16 of the same sex, unless it is inappropriate for them to share a room because of disability;

  • any other child (where, for example, there are three children under 10); or

  • a non-resident carer who regularly provides overnight care for a disabled adult or child who is getting a qualifying disability benefit or attendance allowance at the lower rate. For housing benefit, even if a qualifying disability benefit is not being paid, the local authority can accept alternative evidence that overnight care is needed – eg a letter from your GP

Other circumstances where you can get an extra bedroom

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