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.

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

Advertisement

'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'.