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    In an ‘urgent bulletin' issued by the Department for Work and Pensions, councils have been called upon to notify them about any tribunal decisions that relate to bedroom tax.

    The bulletin is seen as a sign that the DWP is becoming concerned about tribunals upholding tenant appeals. The DWP says that this is needed as they may appeal against decisions even if councils have chosen not to.

    The document says:  ‘The DWP needs to get a clearer picture of the number of first tier tribunal decisions where the removal of the spare room subsidy is the main issue.

    ‘Local authorities are therefore asked to notify DWP of all first-tier tribunal decisions relating to this subject regardless of whether the decision is overturned or whether you intend to appeal adverse decisions,' reports Inside Housing.

    If a tribunal has upheld a tenant's appeal against a bedroom tax decision, the DWP is asking councils if they plan to appeal the decision or not.

    Tribunals have taken matter such as room size and their use into account when deciding if rooms have been correctly classed as bedroom. The rulings do not set a legal precedent, however if an appeal goes to the upper tribunal then it will.

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    November 01, 2013 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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