DWP ‘not to appeal’ Upper Tribunal on definition of a ‘bedroom’

Posted: February 18, 2014 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said it will not be appealing an Upper Tribunal decision on the meaning of the word ‘bedroom’ as a room which must contain a bed.

The announcement follows an appeal win in South Wales which raised the recently announced Bolton Upper Tribunal decisionthat gives a definition of bedroom as “a room used as or furnished as sleeping accommodation”.
A tenant in Monmouth appealed against being hit with the ‘bedroom tax’ after the landlord and council said he has a home with four bedrooms. The tenant said the smallest rooms are too small (60.7 and 69.4 sq/ft) and that they are used as an art room and as a study.
The judgment said that a bedroom “is not defined by the legislation. This has most recently been pointed out in the Upper Tribunal decision 2014 UKUT 48 AAC.  A(t) paragraph 19…

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