However, any rental income from your tenant will be ignored, which can make up for what you lose under the bedroom tax. Bedroom tax (also known as under-occupancy or replacement room fees) means that in a Universal Credit entitlement, you will receive less housing allowance or housing cost element if you live in a housing association or community property and are deemed to have one or more guest rooms. In April 2013, the government introduced a bed and breakfast tax for people living in apartment buildings/shared properties – will you be affected? Check it out below. Changes to the housing allowance have been criticised for having a disproportionate impact on families with disabilities. Two-thirds of those affected by the sentence of under-occupation are disabled.  Historically, most care and support for persons with disabilities has been provided by local councils and their predecessors, rather than by the central government; As a result, the government is expected to cover costs arising from care needs, including additional dormitories, through City Council budgets. However, during the 20th century, the central government bore the cost of providing services that covered housing costs; As a result, the government has provided councils with a new annual grant so that they can make discretionary payments for housing for people with disabilities in this situation. The government has recently combined this grant with general council funding. In Scotland, anyone affected by the bedroom tax should apply for a discretionary payment for housing. That`s because the Scottish government guarantees payments to make sure you`re not in a worse situation. If the shelter allowance you are currently receiving does not cover all of your rent and other costs, you may already be paying your landlord the difference between the housing allowance you receive and the total rent. If you are affected by the new “bedroom tax” rules, the amount you pay may increase, but you will pay your landlord in the same way.
You may not be affected if you have a severely disabled child who needs their own room. In certain circumstances, a severely disabled child should be granted his or her own room – usually if he or she would severely disturb another child`s sleep in the dwelling at night if he or she shared a room. You are not affected by the bedroom tax if a friend or family member moves into your guest room and does not pay rent. Check if the deduction is less than the reduction in the benefit under the bedroom tax, otherwise your situation could be worse. The “bedroom tax” does not affect you if you (or your partner) have reached the legal retirement credit age. On April 1, 2013, when the bedroom tax began, you reached the legal retirement credit age if you are a man or woman aged 61 years and 5 months. As members of the coalition government, liberal democrat leaders supported the 2012 Welfare Reform Act. However, of the party`s 57 MPs, 38 voted in favour, 18 abstained and one, Manchester Withington MP John Leech, who was the first MP to speak against the bill, voted against.  At their spring 2013 conference, members voted in favour of a policy review that addresses “money saved, costs incurred, and impact on vulnerable tenants.”  In March 2014, Inside Housing reported that the Liberal Democrats plan to end the “bedroom tax” for all but those who reject a reasonable and appropriate accommodation offer.  This is a change of position as the party voted against a similar amendment to the Social Assistance Reform Act of 2012.
Liberal Democrat Tim Farron (then party leader) also criticised the distorting effect of changes in under-occupation in the market.  Following their change in policy, the Liberal Democrats voted with Labour on 5 September 2014 in favour of Lib dem MP Andrew George`s bill to limit the number of cases in which the sanction could be imposed.  Some adults with disabilities living in adapted or specially designed housing will face reductions in their housing allowance, but it will not be practical or affordable for them to move. You may be able to claim a voluntary payment for housing if you are affected. Limited additional funds have been allocated to people in this situation. The table below shows the weekly discount we would take on your housing allowance based on your rent and the number of rooms you understaff. The fee applies to all applicants for housing allowance of working age who live in social housing and are expected to have at least one free room. These include: The government expects local councils to use discretionary housing payment systems to prioritize helping people with disabilities affected by the bedroom tax. However, there is no guarantee that there will be enough money in the pot for everyone or how long the fund will last. We have written to all registered owners who have provided details on property size data for their housing stock in Trafford. This should be consistent with what is in a lease and reflect the amount of rent charged. The rules of underoccupation do not take into account whether a room is a single room or a double room.