Bedroom tax victory

A disabled woman who is unable to share a bedroom with her husband has won an appeal against the Government's so-called bedroom tax, in what is being described as a landmark ruling.

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Council: "This judgement will assist many people with disabilities across the country"

"The council welcomes this clarification of the law in this difficult and contentious area.

"The council properly applied the law as it stood when it decided this case, but the tribunal has introduced an additional test of reasonableness, which does not appear in the Department of Work and Pensions' guidance.

"As a local authority we have no option but to apply this guidance but we as a Labour-run council are particularly concerned about the effect of the bedroom tax on our most vulnerable residents.

"This judgement will undoubtedly assist many people with disabilities across the country."

– George Dunning, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

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Woman's bedroom tax victory

A disabled woman who is unable to share a bedroom with her husband has won an appeal against the Government's so-called bedroom tax, in what is being described as a landmark ruling.

She took Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to a tribunal after it said they were under-occupying their three-bedroom house.

The tribunal found the council had not taken into account her requirements when it rejected her argument for separate bedrooms.

The lady, who wants to remain anonymous, is a tenant of Coast and Country Housing, whose Chief Executive is welcoming the ruling.

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