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.

The Guardian, Page: 13

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