The minister in charge of the controversial 'spare room subsidy' welfare reform will not be in the Commons to defend it today.
Ed Miliband has revealed that Labour would scrap the coalition's controversial 'bedroom tax' if his party won the next General Election.
A disabled woman and her partner have written to a minister urging a rethink on plans to cut benefits for tenants deemed to have spare rooms
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a "mass sleep out" tonight to protest against the "bedroom tax" and other welfare changes. Protests are due to take place in towns and cities across the UK, including:
Thousands of people are to take part in a "mass sleep out" this evening to protest against the government's so-called 'bedroom tax' and other welfare changes.
The Government's withdrawal of housing benefit from social tenants with spare rooms - officially described as a "spare room subsidy" - is described as a "bedroom tax" by critics.
More than 96% of households affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' are unable to move into smaller properties, Labour has claimed.
An estimated 238,266 households have been hit by the housing benefit cut for people deemed to have a spare room, according to data from 95 councils in England, Scotland and Wales.
Responding to Freedom of Information requests from Labour, 61 local authorities were able to estimate how many one or two-bedroom council properties are vacant in their area - a total of 9,095 proporties.
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."
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.
- £20 million in additional funding will be given to councils if they demonstrate there is a further need.
- Read: What is the Government's controversial 'bedroom tax'?
– A DWP spokesperson
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.
Lawyers representing those who mounted the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge say they will fight on after losing the bid.
Ten families brought the case, arguing the so called 'bedroom tax' was unfair to disabled tenants.
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.
Anne McMurdie, the lawyer representing some of the 10 families challenging the government's so-called 'bedroom tax' has told Daybreak that the affect of the new housing benefit changes was that entitlements could be cut by £12 to £14.
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%.
Lawyers for the 11 cases say that, unless the families move from their homes into smaller properties, they face building up rent arrears and being forced out any way.