Does the ‘bedroom tax’ sexually discriminate?

Posted on 13th January 2017

The ’bedroom tax’ was introduced in April 2013 as a limit on the amount of housing benefit which is payable to social housing tenants who are deemed to be under-occupying their homes by having spare bedrooms. Housing benefit is reduced by 14% for one additional bedroom or by 25% for two or more additional bedrooms. Although popularly called the ‘bedroom tax’, when first introduced by the government it was characterized as a removal of the ‘spare room subsidy’, implying that those subject to the tax were benefiting by having houses larger than they actually needed.