Five Disabled People Lose #BedroomTax Court Of Appeal Challenge

Posted: February 22, 2014 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized


Same Difference

Five disabled social housing tenants have lost their Court of Appeal bid to have benefit cuts for those with spare bedrooms ruled unlawful.

Judges said the court could not intervene in the government’s “controversial” housing benefit changes – dubbed a “bedroom tax” by critics.

Lawyers for the group had argued the regulations applying in England, Wales and Scotland failed to reflect the accommodation needs of disabled people.

They said they planned to fight on.

The court also ruled against two lone parents who claimed the government’s cap on the total benefits paid to families violated human rights laws and common law because of its impact on vulnerable families.

Stringent test

Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, said the legal challenges were to two of “the government’s most controversial measures” relating to state benefits.

He said the court could intervene only if the measures “were manifestly without reasonable foundation” and he…

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