Research and analysis

Public perceptions of the removal of the spare room subsidy

Research carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions on public perceptions of the removal of the spare room subsidy.



From 1 April 2013 the government reduced entitlement to Housing Benefit for working age tenants renting from a local authority, housing association or other registered social landlord who have more bedrooms than the government thinks they need according to set criteria.

Those with 1 extra bedroom have a 14% reduction applied to their eligible rent and those with two or more extra bedrooms have a 25% reduction applied.

This survey examines perceptions of the policy among the general public, following-up in more detail on data collected via a small number of questions included in a survey conducted in June largely focused on the benefit cap.