bedroom tax for private tenants has been around for a good while in the form of local housing allowance giving the maximum amount of rent for a certain sized property, the up and coming bedroom tax in the welfare reform relates to social landlord tenants.
if you are going to apply for DHP(discretionary Housing Payment)I would apply for it now as come april it will be even harder to get this top up in addition to housing benefits.
here is more information on the bedroom tax check here http://www.housing.org.uk/policy/welfare_reform/bedroom_tax.aspx
What do the changes mean?
The size criteria in the social rented sector will restrict housing benefit to allow for one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household, with the following exceptions:
•Children under 16 of same gender expected to share
•Children under 10 expected to share regardless of gender
•Disabled tenant or partner who needs non resident overnight carer will be allowed an extra bedroom
Who will be affected?
All claimants who are deemed to have at least one spare bedroom will be affected. This includes:
•Separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this. Benefit rules mean that there must be a designated ‘main carer’ for children (who receives the extra benefit)
•Couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation
•Foster carers because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes
•Parents whose children visit but are not part of the household
•Families with disabled children
•Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.