Two major bedroom tax rulings granted permission to appeal
- 23 Jul
Hope for victims of domestic violence and people who need carers living in social housing following the Court of Appeal granting permission to appeal to major bedroom tax rulings.
The Court of Appeals has ruled that the appeal of a domestic violence victim and the grandparents of a child with disabilities should be heard in court, reports Inside Housing.
One lady living in a domestic abuse “sanctuary scheme” lost her bedroom tax challenge in February and had her housing benefit deducted due to the council deeming her panic room as a “spare bedroom.”
The other cases concerned grandparents of a child with disabilities which was dismissed, even though they argues their spare bedroom was for their grandson’s overnight carer and used to store equipment.
In the two cases, the claimants have been receiving Discretionary Housing Payment to cover the rent shortfall, but they argue the bedroom tax is discriminatory against both domestic violence victims and disabled children needing an overnight carer.
A DWP spokesperson said: “No decision was made on these cases yesterday. The court has already found that the policy had not discriminated against victims of domestic violence and that our equality duty has been met. We know there are people who need extra support, which is why we have provided local authorities with additional funding through Discretionary Housing Benefit Payments.”
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