Woman wins landmark 'bedroom tax' appeal

A disabled woman who is unable to share a bedroom with her husband has won a landmark appeal against the Government's so-called bedroom tax.

In what is believed to be the first successful case of its kind in England, a tribunal found that the local authority had "not taken into consideration her disabilities and her reasonable requirements".

An aerial view of houses.
The Government's so-called bedroom tax has been a controversial policy. Credit: PA Wire

The tenant, who has chosen to remain anonymous, suffers from various health conditions and had a stroke earlier this year, leaving her in a wheelchair and requiring a stairlift.

Along with her husband, the woman argued that due to her condition they required one bedroom each, but this was rejected by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council who said the couple were under-occupying their three bedroom house.

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

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