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Universal credit overnight care size criteria

You are allowed one additional bedroom for a carer or carers to sleep in if you, your partner, your child (including a foster or adopted child) or an adult non-dependant need overnight care and receive one of the following benefits:

  • the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate;

  • attendance allowance;

  • the daily living component of personal independence payment; or

  • armed forces independence payment.

The carer or carers, 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.

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