In April 2013 major changes were made to the support provided to people who need help with their rent through Housing Benefit.
One of these changes is called the Housing Benefit Size Criteria Rules. This is commonly referred to as the ‘bedroom tax’, or the Government calls it the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’.
It means that working age people who get help towards their rent through Housing Benefit will have the amount they can receive restricted if they are considered to have too many bedrooms.
Similar rules will also apply to people who claim Universal Credit. This is a new benefit that is gradually replacing a number of existing benefits, including Housing Benefit.