bedroom-taxNew regulations have been issued regarding exemptions to the size criteria in the social rented sector(the bedroom tax) for both HB and UC from 4/12/2013. Guidance has been issued for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit. The main parts introduced for Universal Credit are where the size restriction won’t apply-
 an overnight carer(the renter needs to both be the in receipt of the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate or attendance allowance or the daily living component of PIP and provide regular overnight care .
 A foster parent(for up to 12 months if they don’t actually have a child with them) or an adopter who has a child placed with them for adoption.
 A child where-they are entitled to the care component of Disability Living Allowance at the higher or middle rate, and they are not reasonably able to share a bedroom with another child by reason of their disability.
 A non dependent who is son or daughter of the renter and is in the armed forces and away on operations

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