Social Sector Size
Criteria (SSSC), commonly known as 'Bedroom Tax', has changed how Housing
Benefit and housing costs are calculated for tenants in social housing. Since
February 2017, assistance with housing costs has been based on the number of
rooms your household actually needs. If you currently live in a house deemed
too large for your needs, the amount of Housing Benefit or housing costs
(under Universal Credit) you receive may have reduced. Under the new
criteria, help with your housing costs is calculated on the number of
bedrooms that your household needs.
A bedroom is allocated as follows:
Each adult couple
Each person over 16
Any two children of the same sex under 16
Any two children under 10, regardless of their sex
Any other child
A carer who provides overnight care but does not live with you
How does it work?
If you are deemed to
have more bedrooms than required, the amount of help you receive for your
housing costs will reduce by 14% or 25% as follows.
Circumstances that allow for an extra bedroom
If you require an extra bedroom you should request consideration for this room. An extra bedroom may be considered in the following circumstances:
Foster care provision
If you require an extra bedroom because you have a disability or caring needs
If a student or member of the armed forces is away from home but will return
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