Press Release From Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors:
The Government has amended its controversial ‘under-occupation penalty’ scheme, commonly known as the ‘bedroom tax.’ Disabled children who are unable to share a bedroom because of their disabilities will now be exempt from the scheme.
The change in policy follows two defeats in the courts for the Department of Work and Pensions on this issue over the past eighteen months: in May 2012 in the Gorry case (Court of Appeal), and again in July 2013 in the MA case (Divisional Court). In July 2013 the High Court ordered that the Secretary of State had until 31st October 2013 to alter the rules. Yesterday the Government made new Regulations exempting disabled children from the policy. This is an important victory for the five families who challenged the Secretary of State in court, but also for the many thousands of affected families nationwide.
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