Hi. I'll be giving up work in October to look after my wife and will be claiming Housing Benefit (amongst other things). I believe that the amount given will be based on an assessed bedroom need. As a married couple we are only allowed an amount for one bedroom. Apparently if we had an outside carer (who can't be a family member) staying 3 nights a week we'd be able to claim a two bedroom rate. As I need to sleep in a separate room with increasing frequency for all the obvious reasons, is there a statutory requirement for the local authority to pay US the two bed rate?
It seems draconian to insist that married people HAVE to share a bedroom even where one of the couple has dementia.