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Carers who stay overnight

  • Do you have a carer who regularly stays overnight in your home?
  • Do you rent your home?
  • Is the overnight care provided by a carer who doesn’t live in your home?
  • Do you have a room that the carer uses to sleep in overnight?
  • Does the person needing care get Personal Independence Payment (daily living), Disability Living Allowance (care), Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment?

If the answer to all these questions is yes, then the help that you get with your rent can take account of this.

The carer can be there to look after you, your partner, your child or a non-dependent adult in your home.

A bedroom that is used by a carer (or team of carers) who doesn’t actually live in your home can be taken into account when working out how much Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance to pay.

This might mean that you get an increase in your benefit, or that you won't be affected by the under-occupancy rules (sometimes called the 'bedroom tax').

If the person needing care doesn't get Personal Independence Payment (daily living), Disability Living Allowance (care), Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment, then we'll need to see some proof of the overnight care. This could be a letter from a doctor, social worker or support worker. We'll then decide if we can give the extra room allowance.

Even if your benefit doesn’t increase as a result, you should still tell us if you or someone in your home has this type of care arrangement. So, if you think you might be entitled to help with the cost of an extra bedroom that is used by a carer, please contact the Benefits Team.

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