Sunday, 11 January 2015

Disabled challenge spare room subsidy ruling

A case is to be heard at the Supreme Court which will decide whether the spare room subsidy unlawfully discriminates against disabled adults. It follows a High Court ruling in 2013 that the so-called “bedroom tax” did discriminate against disabled persons, lawfully, but that in the case of disabled children unable to share a bedroom with another child due to their affliction, it was both discriminatory and unjustifiable. This decision led to the government exempting households when children could not share rooms due to disability. Now a group of disabled adults will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider the ruling, arguing that their position is indistinguishable to that of the children it has allowed leeway for. A ruling in favour of the challengers could see a housing benefits system overhaul, experts point out.
The Guardian, 

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