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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.
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.
If you require an extra bedroom you should request consideration for this room. An extra bedroom may be considered in the following circumstances:
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If you would like further information or advice regarding Personal Independence Payments, please contact your Housing officer or our Welfare Advice Service on TEL: 0330 123 0888
Help and assistance to get online is available at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/go-on-ni