The Spare Room Subsidy, often referred to as the under occupancy charge or "Bedroom Tax", was introduced in 2013. It means that if you receive housing benefit for your rent, you receive less if you live in a housing association or council property if it is deemed that you have one or more spare bedrooms.
Examples of people who are affected include:
- couples or single, working age people, who live in a two-bed property
- families living in a three-bed (or more) property where children could share a bedroom
- foster carers (foster children are not counted household members for benefit purposes)
- separated parents with shared care of children. Only the main carer will be allowed the extra bedroom
- disabled customers who have an extra bedroom but do not have an overnight carer
- customers with disabled children who have their own bedroom but would be expected to share with other children
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for detailed information on this.