Claim Housing Benefit for a spare bedroom

You may be able to claim Housing Benefit for a spare bedroom if anyone in your household is severely disabled or requires an overnight carer on medical grounds.

If your Housing Benefit has been reduced due to the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’, but you now qualify for an extra bedroom under the new rules, please contact us or visit any of our One Stop Shops.

Do I qualify?

A severely disabled member of the household receives overnight care

  • A spare bedroom is available for the carer (one bedroom per household).
  • The care provider lives elsewhere but provides overnight care when medically required.
  • The person receives care on a regular basis.
  • The disabled person receives a qualifying benefit.

If you have a resident carer (paid or unpaid) who lives in your property as their home (whether a relative or not) they will qualify for an extra bedroom.

A disabled child cannot share a bedroom

  • There is a spare bedroom for the child to sleep in.
  • The child cannot reasonably be expected to share a bedroom.
  • The child receives a qualifying benefit.

A couple who cannot reasonably be expected to share a room due to his or her disability

  • There is not enough space for two single beds due to medical equipment.
  • The disabled person receives a qualifying benefit.
  • There is a spare bedroom for the person to sleep in.

Qualifying benefits

To qualify, the disabled person must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • The middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • The daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • The Armed Forces Independences Payment
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