UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax


The UK government has lost a supreme court fight to effectively force the bedroom tax on 155 partners of people with severe disabilities. Lady Hale ruled that applying a 14% housing benefit reduction to a man, referred only as RR, was a breach of his right to home under the Human Rights Act. She added that the partner is severely disabled “it is accepted” that the couple need an extra bedroom for her medical equipment, Hale said. The ruling will restore full housing benefit to RR, and at least 155 partners of disabled people who were also subjected to the bedroom tax before rules changed in 2017.

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House prices forecast to rise by £35k in five years

UK house prices will go up by an average of £35,000 in the next five years, according to Savills. However, data from the estate agent suggested there will be large fluctuations across the country. The average value of a home in Britain is expected to rise 15.3%, but in some areas the increase will be as high as 24%, which is the case for the North West whilst in other parts of the country, such as in Greater London, they will rise by just 4%. The rises are forecast as concerns over the current political and economic uncertainty begin to subside.

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