Court ruling on legality of bedroom tax for disabled people
- 20 Feb
The Court of Appeal is preparing to rule on whether the bedroom tax is legal when applied to disabled people.
Over a three-day hearing in January, the court heard a challenge to last year's High Court ruling of the implementation of the government's under-occupancy policy is legal when applied to disabled adults living in social housing, reports 24dash.
The High Court accepted that the rules are discriminatory however it decided that for disabled adults and some disabled children it was justified and therefor, lawful.
It did not apply to disabled children who were unable to share a bedroom with another child due to their disabilities, and following the court's ruling, a new legislation was introduction exempting tenants in those situations.
The High Court held that discrimination against adults with disabilities and against children with disabilities who were unable to share with an adult, was justified.
Lawyers fighting for people with disabilities have taken their case to the Court of Appeal arguing that they should be entitled to full housing benefit for the accommodation they actually need as a result of their disabilities and that the discriminatory impact of the measure on people with disabilities cannot be justified.
The Court of Appeal is set to make its judgement this Friday.
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