Which rate in this case?

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  • #34300
    sharonwarner
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    Apologies if this has been asked and answered before but I couldn’t find a similar case.

    Claimant with 2 sons, 16 and 14. She lives in a 3 bedroom house with a resident landlord who has one of the bedrooms.

    She and her sons share all the other facilities with the landlord and have exclusive use of 2 bedrooms.

    I can find discussion in guidance manual about single claimants over 25 but does this relate to claimants with no partner but with children? If this is the case, I understand she would get the 1 bedroom rate but as she doesn’t have exclusive use of property, I am ending up in knots!

    Does anyone have any help they could give me?

    #50292
    Mikeb2
    Participant

    As she has exclusive use of 2 rooms (bedrooms) I think she should get the 2 bedroom rate.

    #96339
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Sharon
    [quote:ee5f9efa8e]I can find discussion in guidance manual about single claimants over 25 but does this relate to claimants with no partner but with children[/quote:ee5f9efa8e]
    If people have dependant kids then they are not single, and in your case, as Mike has said, should get the 2 room rate, until the eldest lad is 17, and then the 3 room rate 8)

    #96340
    Julian Hobson
    Participant

    are you sure ?

    One bedroom for each of the following:

    A couple

    A person who is not a child

    etc

    “Child” see reg 2 is a person “under” the age of 16.

    I get this to be the 3 Bed rate

    #96341
    Mikeb2
    Participant

    Actually you might be right Julia and I’m wrong!

    This from the LHA-direct site:

    [quote:f893148b03]You can use the following information as a guide to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to.
    You are entitled to one bedroom for:
    • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
    • any other adult aged 16 or over
    • any two children of the same sex aged under 16
    • any two children aged under 10
    • any other child.[/quote:f893148b03]

    Looks like she’ll get the 3 room rate as one of the lads is already 16.

    #96342
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Yeah, you are right.
    I was thinking 11-16 and over 16, BUT as said its 11-15 and 16 and over; which only goes to prove you should check things first before you leap. 😳

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