Welfare Reform

What is Bedroom Tax?

As of 1st April 2013, tenants of working age living in social housing and receiving Housing Benefit (HB) may be affected by changes to their benefits.  This new rule, set by the UK Government, will mean Housing Benefit will only provide support for the number of bedrooms that you need.

Please click here to see our bedroom tax leaflet which has case studies that you can refer to as well as key contact information.

 

Will this affect me?

If you receive HB the bedroom tax may apply to you. HB will only be paid for the bedrooms in your home that you need, as set by the UK Government.

 

The following rules will be used when working out whether you have a spare room:

One bedroom for a couple

One bedroom for a person aged 16 or over

One bedroom for 2 children (under 16) of the same sex

One bedroom for 2 children (under 10), boys and girls will be required to share

One further bedroom where a disabled person in the household needs an overnight carer

 

How will it affect me?

If you have 1 spare bedroom your Housing Benefit (HB) will be reduced by 14%, if you have 2 or more spare bedrooms your HB will be reduced by 25%. If the new rules apply to your household circumstances there will be a reduction in your current HB payments to your ng homes rent account. This reduction will apply to those who receive full or part HB. As a result of these new rules you will be responsible for ensuring the balance is paid in full to ng homes.

 

What is my next step?

The first thing you should do is contact ng homes on our free phone number below to see what options are available to you.

 

Call us on FREEPHONE 08000 46 38 12 to find out more about the bedroom tax.

 

Please note this number is a bedroom tax enquiry line only.  If you are calling about anything else you will be asked to phone our main switchboard number on  0141 560 6000.

 

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