Under-occupation is where you live in a property with more bedrooms than the Government thinks you need. It is commonly known as the "Bedroom tax". If you (and your partner) are a pensioner you will not be affected.
Who is affected?
Everybody claiming Housing Benefit who is between 16 and pension age will be affected.
Examples of under occupancy are:
What and when is the change?
If, according to the Government, you are classed as under occupying the amount of Housing Benefit you receive will be reduced.
There are two rates for the reduction:
This change came into effect in April 2013.
What can I do?
You have several options. You can:
I’m still worried, who can I speak to?
One-to-one appointments: We’ll visit you at your home, or you can come into the office. Call or email us to book an appointment. On Thursdays you can get appointments up until 6.30pm
Telephone: 01992 453 700 or 0800 107 0713 *
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