'Bedroom tax' legal challenge

Opponents of the Government's plans to withhold benefits from some social housing tenants, deemed to have spare rooms, are today launching a legal challenge against the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

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Legal challenge against 'bedroom tax' launched

Opponents of the Government's plans to withhold benefits from some social housing tenants, deemed to have spare rooms, are today launching a legal challenge against the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

Earlier this week, David Cameron pledged to look at "any individual case" relating to the change in rules as the Government's plans were attacked by a string of opposition MPs.

Under the new rules, social housing tenants deemed to have spare rooms would have to have to pay for them out of their benefits Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Prime Minister said the move was not a tax, explaining that "a tax is when someone earns money, it is their money and the Government takes some of it away."

The under-occupancy charge sees housing benefit payments reduced for tenants in council or housing association properties with empty bedrooms.

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