Scottish Council for Single Homeless. The National Homelessness Conference 2012 Caroline O’Toole & Stephen Neill Whiteinch & Scotstoun Housing Association Rent Arrears, Homeless Prevention & Welfare Reform. Contents:. Housing Benefit & Under-Occupation (April 2013)
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The National Homelessness Conference 2012
Caroline O’Toole & Stephen Neill Whiteinch & Scotstoun Housing Association
Rent Arrears, Homeless Prevention & Welfare Reform
The Bedroom Tax
Factors to Consider:
Legislation allows: How many bedrooms?
One bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household, with the following exceptions:
1 April 2013 “working age” will be between 61years and 6 months and 61 years and 7 months. (Gradual increase)
1 April 2014 “working age” will be 62 years
By 6 November 2018 “working age” will be up to 65 years.
By October 2020 “working age” will be up to 66 years.
Government plans to increase “working age” to 67 between 2034 and 2036 and 68 between 2044 and 2046.
Under-occupying by 1 bedroom = £554.40 per year(14% reduction)
Under-occupying by 2 bedrooms = £990.00 per year(25% reduction)
33% of SSL tenants under-occupying presently.
80% of those by 1 bedroom/20% by 2 or more bedrooms.
500 tenants on full HB, loss = £105,850 per year
750 tenants on full HB, loss = £151,776 per year
1,000 tenants on full HB, loss = £211,702 per year
The benefits and tax credits to be abolished and replaced by Universal Credit are:
supports they require.
tenants affected by the bedroom tax.