'Bedroom tax' legal bid rejected

The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge over claims that the Government's so-called "bedroom tax" unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing.

Families 'bitterly disappointed' by 'bedroom tax' ruling

Solicitor Richard Stein has warned disabled people are facing eviction following today's 'bedroom tax' ruling and the families he represents would be appealing the decision.

Mr Stein said on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice: "Our clients are bitterly disappointed with today's decision, but they are not defeated.

"We, along with the other lawyers acting on behalf of adults with disabilities, will appeal this judgement and we remain confident that the discrimination which was recognised by the court and which has been perpetrated against our clients by this legislation is not justified and is unlawful."

Read: What is the Government's controversial 'bedroom tax'?

Govt pledges extra £35m to help social housing tenants

by Sejal Karia - ITV News reporter

A DWP spokesman has said: "We are pleased with today's result. The government has always felt it has met its equality duties fully and it is pleased the court has agreed with us."

The government has said it will make its current guidance, that severely disabled children do not need to share a room with other siblings, law by Autumn.

The government has also announced an extra £35 million to help councils support social housing tenants entitled to the hardship fund, known as discretionary housing payments. This will be broken down as:

  • £10 million will be given to councils throughout Britain to use as they wish, with the assumption it will go into the discretionary housing payments fund.
  • £5 million will go to the 21 most rural areas to help people find adequate housing.

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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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High Court due to rule on 'bedroom tax'

The High Court rules today on whether the Government's so-called "bedroom tax" unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing.

High Court to rule today on 'bedroom tax'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New housing benefit regulations, introduced on April 1, led to reductions in benefit payments to tenants assessed to be under-occupying their accommodation.

Under new ''size criteria'', tenants with one spare bedroom have had a payment reduction of 14% and those deemed to have two or more spare, a reduction of 25%.

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