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    Default Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

    A group of disabled people have lost a court challenge to cuts in social housing benefit for residents with spare bedrooms in England, Wales and Scotland.

    The High Court said the policy, dubbed a "bedroom tax" by critics, was not unlawfully discriminatory. But it criticised the government for failing to follow a 2012 ruling that said housing benefit should not be cut where disabled children were involved. The group said they would appeal. Since April, people deemed to have one spare bedroom have had their housing benefit reduced by 14% while those with two or more spare bedrooms have seen reductions of 25%. Lawyers for 10 families, which include disabled adults or children, challenged the changes during a three-day hearing in May.

    Their lawyers argued the benefit cuts hit them disproportionately hard and were therefore discriminatory. Some argued that the additional bedrooms were needed for medical equipment or, in the case of some of the children, because behavioural problems made it impossible to share a room. The High Court ruled that applying the cap to disabled people was based on "a reasonable foundation" and its effects had been "properly considered".

    It said, however, said the government had been too slow to introduce new regulations prohibiting reductions in housing benefit where an extra bedroom was required for disabled children who were unable to share. Judge Lord Justice Laws said the Department for Work and Pensions was obliged to follow an appeal court ruling and must now do so "very speedily". The government said the new regulations would be introduced this autumn. It also said it had already provided 150m to councils to make discretionary payments to those affected by its changes to welfare payments, and announced that it would bolster the fund for those affected by housing benefit changes by 35m.


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    The thing I don't understand about this is; was it not the council that allocated these premises to these people in the first place? then, if now they are too big, is it not the councils responsibility to rehouse them and address all their needs!

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    Default Re: Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

    Hi agree but I believe that most councils/ housing groups do not have enough one bedroom properties to allow those in difficulties with the bedroom tax to move into suitable accommodation. My area over 700 applications for 43 one bedroom properties.


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    Default Re: Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

    Its all just a joke, you have a family home. As the children get older and move out, they gain an empty room get charged for it. There are not enough houses to move to a smaller house, so your left to pay it. Who pays for the move, decorating, etc. London is an example of people being moved to an other town. So what happens when the people move who are then left without the support next work disabled people leave behind.


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