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Universal credit size criteria

In calculating your housing costs amount, the DWP will use the ‘size criteria’. This focuses on the number of bedrooms your household is considered to need, taking into account the number of people in your household, their ages, disabilities and genders.

You are allowed one bedroom for each of the following people in your household:

You are allowed an additional bedroom if you, your partner, your child (including a foster or adopted child) or an adult non-dependant need overnight care. You are also allowed an additional bedroom if you are a foster parent (or, in Scotland, a kinship carer) or adopter. You can still be treated as a foster parent for up to 12 months if you have been approved as a foster parent but do not currently have a child placed with you

If you are renting in the private sector, two further rules apply.

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