Sarah Steinhardt wins bedroom tax human rights appeal

30.04.14 | |

Sarah Steinhardt represented Jayson and Jaqueline Carmichael in their successful Tribunal appeal against the application of the 'bedroom tax'. Mrs Carmichael is one of the appellants whose case was heard by the Court of Appeal in R (MA & Ors) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] EWCA Civ 13.


In what is thought to be the first such decision since the Court of Appeal’s decision in MA, the tribunal found that the cut in housing benefit amounted to unjustified discrimination on the grounds of disability, contrary to Article 14, and that the regulations had to be interpreted so as to allow the couple separate rooms.


Sarah is instructed by Leigh Day.


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