Four Doughty Street barristers acting for claimants challenging the ‘bedroom tax’ or ‘spare room subsidy’

Ten test cases have been issued against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and are due to be heard by the Divisional Court in May, if permission is granted. Five cases concern disabled adults. Three are represented by Martin Westgate QC, instructed by Public Law Solicitors in Birmingham, and two by Kate Markus and Ben Chataway, instructed by Leigh Day & Co. Five cases concern families with disabled or otherwise vulnerable children, represented by Kate Markus and Caoilfhionn Gallagher, instructed by Hopkin Murray Beskine.


The claimants claim that the new provisions are discriminatory and in breach of their Convention rights, and that the process has breached the public sector equality duty under the Equaliry Act 2010. The ten child claimants also claim that there has been a breach of UNCRC obligations.


Read more here:

- Hopkin Murray Beskine website

- Channel 4 website

- Same Difference website

- Liverpool Echo website

- The Guardian website

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