Court of Appeal rules ‘Bedroom Tax’ unlawful in two cases

Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the size criteria for housing benefit (colloquially known as the 'bedroom tax') is unlawful because of its impact upon particular vulnerable groups.  The Court dealt with two appeals together and in both cases ruled that there was unjustifiable discrimination - in one case, against women who are victims of severe domestic violence and live in specially adapted 'Sanctuary Schemes' for their own safety (the A case) and in the other against severely disabled children requiring an overnight carer (the Rutherford case).

 

Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Katie O'Byrne act for A, led by Karon Monaghan QC.  They are instructed by Rebekah Carrier, Hopkin Murray Beskine.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened in the case and supporting evidence was provided by Women's Aid.

 

The Rutherfords are represented by Child Poverty Action Group.

 

More information is available in a press release issued jointly by the Appellants' solicitors, Hopkin Murray Beskine and CPAG, available here.

 

Coverage of the ruling can be seen in the Guardian and the BBC.

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