The 'bedroom tax' won't affect you if you (or your partner) have reached state pension credit age. On 1st April 2013, when the bedroom tax started, you will have reached state pension credit age if you are a man or woman aged 61 years and 5 months.

The reduction to housing benefit for households with extra bedrooms also won't apply to:

  • people living in shared ownership properties
  • people living in caravans, mobile homes and houseboats
  • people living in some types of supported accommodation
  • homeless people housed in temporary accommodation provided by the council (unless it is owned by the council)
  • rooms allocated to people away serving in the armed forces and foster families waiting for a new foster child to arrive
  • rooms for disabled children who cannot share with a sibling