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Residents have their say on bedroom tax

The bedroom tax proposals have caused controversy in the region Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Housing bosses from Manchester will meet with residents today to discuss the impact of bedroom tax.

It came into effect five months ago.

In an open forum housing providers and care workers will look into the financial and human impact of welfare reform.

Family 'bitterly disappointed' by 'bedroom tax' ruling

A disabled woman from Southport has lost a legal challenge over the controversial bedroom tax.

Charlotte Carmichael, who has spina bifida, sleeps in an adapted bedroom at home which she says her husband can't share.

They were one of ten families to ask for a judicial review over the benefit cuts to people in homes classified as too large.

The High Court ruled the changes don't breach their human rights.

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DWP welcomes 'bedroom tax' High Court ruling

We are pleased to learn that the court has found in our favour and agreed that we have fulfilled our equality duties to disabled people.

Reform of housing benefiting the social sector is essential, so the taxpayer does not pay for people’s extra bedrooms. But we have ensured extra discretionary housing support is in place to help those who need it and today we have announced a further £35m of funding to councils to aid residents.

– A DWP spokesperson

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Foster carers & Armed Forces exempt from 'bedroom tax'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced that foster carers and army personnel who receive housing benefit will be exempt from the so-called "bedroom tax".

In a Written Ministerial Statement, he wrote: "People who are approved foster carers will be allowed an additional room, whether or not a child has been placed with them or they are between placements, so long as they have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer in the last 12 months.

"Adult children who are in the Armed Forces but who continue to live with parents will be treated as continuing to live at home, even when deployed on operations."

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