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Restrictions for those aged under 35

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Single Room Rent restriction

The Government extended the "Single Room Rent" restriction to cover all single people up to the age of 35. The previous limit was 25. This means that any single claimant, with no partner or care of a child, aged up to 35, will have their LHA set at the "1 Room" rate and not the "1 Bedroom" rate.

There are exemptions to this restriction:-

  • anyone with a partner;
  • anyone with care of a child (e.g. receiving Child Benefit)
  • anyone with one or more non-dependants
  • anyone receiving middle or high rate DLA Care, with no-one getting Carers Allowance for looking after them
  • if you need an extra bedroom for a carer who provides you with the overnight care you need and they do not normally live with you

There are also exemptions where the single person:

  • is under the age of 22 and was formerly in social services care under a court order [section 31(1)(a) of the Childrens Act] which applied after their 16th birthday
  • is under the age of 22 and was formerly provided with accommodation by social services [under section 20 of the Childrens Act]
  • is aged 25 and over, and is an ex-offender subject to the MAPPA Scheme
  • is aged 25 and over, and has spent at least three months in a hostel provided to prevent homelessness

Please ask us for details if you think you may be exempt from the Single Room Rent restriction

Contact Details

Benefits,
Ipswich Borough Council,
1E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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01473 432700