Court of Appeal considering ‘hard cases’ on bedroom tax

Today the Court of Appeal is considering two appeals  regarding the dire effects of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ on vulnerable individuals. One appeal, brought by a woman known only as ‘A,’ concerns the effect of the policy on women living in ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ homes – properties which are specially adapted because of risks to the lives and physical safety of women and children who live in them. The second appeal (brought by Paul and Susan Rutherford and their grandson Warren) concerns the impact of the policy on disabled children who need overnight care. In both appeals, it is argued that the bedroom tax policy unlawfully discriminates – against women and domestic violence victims, and against seriously disabled children requiring overnight care.

 

Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Katie O’Byrne act for ‘A’, with Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers.  They are instructed by Rebekah Carrier of Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors.  

 

More information is available in the press release from solicitors Hopkin Murray Beskine.

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