Bedroom Tax

 

Social Housing Size Restiction (bedroom tax) applies to both housing associations and Arun council tenants. Households will be assessed based on the number of bedrooms required, rather than the number of bedrooms in the property. People who have 1 more bedroom than they require will have a 14% reduction applied to their benefit entitlement. This will rise to 25% if there are 2 or more extra bedrooms. One bedroom will be allowed for:

  • Every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any 2 children aged under 10 regardless of gender
  • Any 2 children aged between 10 and 16 of the same gender
  • Any other child, unless their main residence is elsewhere
  • A carer (or team of carers) who do not live with you but provide overnight care
  • A foster child where the claimant or partner is an approved foster carer
  • Children who are unable to share due to severe disabilities

NB: No reduction applies in any case where the claimant or their partner has reached state pension credit age.

 

Non-dependant adults

A non-dependent adult is anyone over the age of 18 who shares your property with you, but is not financially dependent on you. Adult children, relatives or friends would be considered non-dependents. The presence of these people may affect the amount of benefit you are entitled to claim, as it is reasonable to expect that they contribute towards household costs. Therefore, depending on the circumstances of both the claimant and any non-dependents, a deduction may be taken from your benefit.

No deduction will be made if the non-dependent is:

  • Aged under 25 and in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), or Employment Support Allowance (Income Related - not main phase) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component
  • Claiming Pension Credit
  • Receiving Universal Credit

A deduction of £15.25 per week will be made if the non-dependent is:

  • Aged over 25 and in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • In receipt of main phase Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Aged over 18 and not in paid work
  • Aged over 18 and in paid work with a gross income less that £139.00

All other deductions are laid out below.

  • £35.00 per week – If in work and gross income is between £139.00 and £203.99
  • £48.05 per week – If in work and gross income is between £204.00 and £264.99
  • £78.65 per week – If in work and gross income is between £265.00 and £353.99
  • £89.55 per week – If in work and gross income is between £354.00 and £438.99
  • £98.30 per week – If in work and gross income is above £439.00