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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 or carers who regularly provide(s) overnight care for a disabled adult or child who is getting a qualifying disability benefit or attendance allowance at the lower rate. The carer(s), who must not be living with you, must be engaged to provide the overnight care and must need to stay overnight at your home on a regular basis. Only one additional bedroom is allowed, even if more than one carer is needed. 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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