Does the bedroom tax apply to foster carers?

Posted on: 28 September 2017

For approved foster carers, one extra bedroom is allowed under the size criteria rules (‘bedroom tax’) for use by a foster child or children, in both the private and social rented sectors. One extra bedroom applies to:

– Approved foster carers who have a child placed with them

– Approved foster carers who are between placements (for a period of up to 52 consecutive weeks from the date of the last placement)

– Newly approved foster carers (for a period of up to 52 consecutive weeks from the date of approval, if no child is placed with them during that period)

Approved foster carers in the social rented sector (council or housing association tenants) – a reduction for under-occupation will not be made in respect of the one additional bedroom for the foster child or children.

Approved foster carers in the private rented sector – this means that the applicable Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate or Local Reference Rent (LRR) will be determined by including one additional bedroom for the foster child or children.

You must have a bedroom in addition to those occupied by your household for the additional room to be allowed in the size criteria (subject to a maximum of 4 bedrooms for LHA claims).

If you or your partner cease to be an approved foster carer or the approval is revoked, the additional room subsidy will cease to apply.