Disabled teen's grandparents lose 'bedroom tax' fight

The grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have lost their legal challenge against the so-called "bedroom tax".

Paul and Susan Rutherford, from Pembrokeshire, are full-time carers to 13-year-old Warren, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which means he is unable to walk or talk and cannot feed himself.

The case concerned regulations, introduced in April 2013, which have led to reductions in housing benefit payments to tenants in social housing assessed through controversial "size criteria" to be under-occupying their accommodation.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, at London's High Court, rejected their challenge to the lawfulness of the regulations and dismissed the application for judicial review.

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