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I have special circumstances – will I still be affected by the Bedroom Tax?

Your personal circumstances and the Bedroom Tax

We understand that not everyone is the same and some of you will have circumstances that you may want to check against the rules for Bedroom Tax.

We have tried to group together as many different circumstances as possible below, but if you do need to talk to someone at WDH to clarify your position on the Bedroom Tax, please call 01977 788825 or email welfarereform@wdh.co.uk.

Q. I need an extra room because I have a carer who stays with me overnight. Will I be affected?

A. If you have an overnight carer you may not be affected by the Housing Benefit reduction. You need to contact Wakefield Council’s Housing Benefit Service on 0345 8 504 504 who will be able to confirm if you qualify.

Q. I need an extra room because I have access visits from my son or daughter every now and again. Will I be affected?

A. There is no exemption for this and you will be affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

Q. I need an extra room because I need space for medical equipment. Will I be affected?

A. There is no exemption for this and you will be affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

Q. I need an extra room because I am pregnant and need room for my baby. Will I be affected?

A. There is no exemption for this and you will be affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

Q. I need an extra room because I am a foster carer. Will I be affected?

A. People who are approved foster carers will be allowed an extra room whether or not a child has been placed with them or they are between placements – so long as they have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer in the last 12 months.

Q. I live in an adapted property which has a spare room. Will I be affected?

A. There is no exemption for this and you will be affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’. However, in exceptional circumstances, you may be able to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment to make up the difference. You will need to contact Wakefield Council’s Housing Benefit Service who will be able to confirm if you qualify.

Q. I will be eligible for Pension Credit next year. Will I be affected?

A. You will be affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’ until the date you become eligible for Pension Credit.

Q. My children will need a room of their own in the near future. Will I be affected?

A. You will be affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’ until the date your children reach the age when the Department for Work and Pension’s rules state they need their own room.

Q. I live in a two bedroom property but the second bedroom is a box room. Does it count as a bedroom?

A. Yes, every room that can be used as a bedroom is counted.

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