You won't be allowed to claim housing benefit for 'extra' rooms that are used for:  

  • children visiting a divorced or separated parent 
  • couples who use separate bedrooms because of illness or disability
  • rooms used by disabled adults to store medical equipment.  

Some disabled adults living in adapted or specially designed properties will face cuts to their housing benefit, but it will not be practical or affordable for them to move. You may be able to claim a discretionary housing payment if you are affected. Limited extra funds have been set aside for people in this situation.