Definition of bedroom tax in English:

bedroom tax


  • (in the UK) an informal name for a measure introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, by which the amount of housing benefit paid to a claimant is reduced if the property they are renting is judged to have more bedrooms than necessary.

    ‘more than 800 households in the area have had their housing benefit cut through the so-called bedroom tax’
    • ‘This 'bedroom tax', which is not in fact a tax, is how the Opposition refers to the end of subsidised spare rooms for council house tenants.’
    • ‘One in ten claimants hit by the so-called ' bedroom tax ' have come off benefits altogether.’
    • ‘Furious residents have been told to ditch fags, bingo and boozing to help pay the bedroom tax.’
    • ‘The so-called ' bedroom tax ' also means that brothers and sisters will have to share rooms until the age of ten.’
    • ‘Thousands of protesters have called for the Government to axe a new "bedroom tax" that will cut benefits for people with a spare room.’
    • ‘Government reforms to the welfare system - including so-called 'bedroom tax' - are legal, judges have ruled’
    • ‘This week the show focuses on social housing in Manchester, just as the introduction of the bedroom tax heaps more pressure on the system.’
    • ‘He also said that he wanted to investigate whether the coalition government's much-criticised bedroom tax would impact on people in thc city, and whether it would lead to homelessness.’
    • ‘'Bedroom tax' rules mean child aged under 16 in a home receiving housing benefit has to share a room with a sibling of same gender’