From April 2013, if you claim and qualify for housing benefit to help pay your rent to a housing association you will only receive benefit based on one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household.
Any children under 16 who are the same gender are expected to share a bedroom and children under 10 are expected to share a bedroom regardless of their gender.
Visit the CAB website at www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/benefits and use their bedroom calculator to find out how many bedrooms your housing benefit will be based on.
Note: if you choose to rent a larger property than needed for your circumstances your housing benefit will not cover the cost of your rent and you will have to find the shortfall yourself.
If you are unemployed or on a low income you may qualify for help towards the cost of your rent. Visit www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser to check your entitlement.
If you are aged under 35 years, single with no dependent children and you want to rent from a private landlord, the maximum amount you can receive to help you meet the cost of your rent is based on the shared accommodation rate which is approximately £55 -£60 per week.
To apply, complete and return an application form, visit any Council One Stop Shop or call 0151 443 4042.
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