(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
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- Government reforms to the welfare system - including so-called 'bedroom tax' - are legal, judges have ruled
- Thousands of protesters have called for the Government to axe a new "bedroom tax" that will cut benefits for people with a spare room.
- 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.