High Court Grants Permission

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has failed in his bid to halt ten test cases challenging impending changes to housing benefit, commonly referred to as the 'bedroom tax' or 'spare room subsidy.


Four Doughty Street barristers act for the 22 Claimants - Martin Westgate QC, Kate Markus, Caoilfhionn Gallagher & Ben Chataway. The cases are brought by disabled and abused children, their siblings and parents, and disabled adults with a range of different disabilities. In all ten households in these test cases the disabled or abused children and the disabled adults have expertly assessed needs for their own bedrooms. However from 1st April they will be expected to share with siblings or partners. The evidence shows that this will have devastating impacts upon them.


The four barristers are instructed by three firms of solicitors: Hopkin Murray Beskine, Leigh Day & Co and Public Law Solicitors.


The ten test cases will now be heard at an urgent 3 day hearing before the Divisional Court in May.

Read more here - New Statesman 

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