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DWP welcomes 'bedroom tax' ruling

The Department of Work and Pensions has welcomed today's ruling.

We are pleased that the courts have once again found in our favour and agreed our policy is lawful.

We have made £345million available to councils since the reforms were introduced to help vulnerable families who may need extra support.

The removal of the spare room subsidy is a fair and necessary reform. It will give families in overcrowded accommodation hope of finding an appropriately sized property and help bring the housing benefit bill under control.

– DWP spokesman

More: Pembrokeshire family loses bid for 'bedroom tax' judicial review

Pembrokeshire family loses bid for 'bedroom tax' judicial review

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their application for a judicial review of the UK Government's changes to housing benefit.

Sue and Paul Rutherford and grandson Warren

Paul and Sue Rutherford care for their grandson Warren and use a spare bedroom for a carer.

They were deemed to be 'under occupying' their house and their housing benefit was reduced.

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Family await High Court ruling on bedroom tax

Paul and Sue Rutherford will find out today whether their High Court challenge has been successful Credit: ITV News

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire will find out today if their High Court challenge against the so-called 'bedroom tax' has been successful.

Paul and Sue Rutherford care for their grandson Warren and use a spare bedroom for a carer.

They were deemed to be 'under occupying' their house and their housing benefit was reduced. Their case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London earlier this month. A judgement will be handed down later this morning.

A Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson said their legal duties had been fulfilled and the removal of the spare room subsidy was 'fair and necessary.'

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Pembrokeshire family applies for judicial review over 'bedroom tax'

Sue and Paul Rutherford care for their grandson, Warren, 13, around the clock. He has a rare genetic condition which means he can't talk or walk and relies on 24-hour care.

Sue and Paul Rutherford and grandson Warren Credit: Alexandra Lodge/ITV News

They use their third bedroom for a carer to stay over when Sue and Paul need respite, as well as storing Warren's equipment in.

They are currently fighting to be exempt from benefit subsidy cuts - dubbed the 'bedroom tax' by campaigners.

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Jobs saved at former Mustang Marine boat building site

The boat building and marine services arms at the troubled Mustang Marine site in Pembroke Dock have been sold by administrators, securing the jobs of 30 staff.

The business went into administration in March.

The workers will be retained to work on projects including a tidal energy turbine.

The new business is run by the former managing director of Mustang Marine.

A further ten workers are employed at the Milford Haven Dry Dock.

Administrators Grant Thornton said talks with "an interested buyer" for the facility are continuing.

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