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Report: Protestors at Supreme Court over 'bedroom tax'

A man from Stoke with a severely disabled son is challenging the controversial government legislation known as the 'bedroom tax'. James Daly's son has cerebral palsy and lives with him for half of each week.

But under the legislation, called the spare room subsidy, people lose benefits if the room isn't used.

Today, Supreme Court judges began a three day hearing to decide if the tax discriminates against vulnerable people.

Before the latest round of litigation, a spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions said:

"Removing the spare room subsidy has restored fairness to the system for claimants as well as the taxpayer, and the numbers subject to a reduction are falling."


Research suggests people forced to economise because of the 'bedroom tax'

People in the Midlands who have been affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' are cutting back on essentials such as food and heating, according to new research from the National Housing Federation.

The National Housing Association say people are economising Credit: PA Wire

34% per cent of those affected say they have cut back on food and 26% have cut back on heating as a result of the tax.

Nearly half 45% of those also needed to borrow money to help pay their rent since the introduction of the bedroom tax in April 2013.

The Bedroom Tax (also known as under occupancy charge) means people living in a housing association or council property with one or more spare bedrooms will receive less money in housing benefit.


Campaigners protest against "bedroom tax"

Campaigners have taken to the streets in protest against "bedroom tax" one year after it was introduced.

The tax has led to a huge increase in rent arrears and added to the stress some tenants are under with reductions in council tax benefits.

Organiser, Cathy Meadows, is asking for Labour Councils to make the tax 'unworkable' by introducing no eviction policies.

Midlands protests on "Bedroom Tax" anniversary

Previous protest about the spare room subsidy in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners in the Midlands will hold protests today against the so-called Bedroom Tax, one year after the legislation came into force.

Dubbed the "bedroom tax" by Labour, the Government's spare room subsidy came in to force in April 2013 meaning those living in social housing ,who are deemed to have a spare bedroom, would be asked to down-size or face a cut in benefits.

Protesters will gather at 1pm at the Brian Clough Statue Nottingham and on High Street in Birmingham City Centre.

Petition to condemn 'bedroom tax' discussed today

A petition calling for Stoke City Council to condemn the so-called 'bedroom tax' is being discussed today.

North Staffs Against Cuts, which is submitting the petition, wants the council to promise no-one will be evicted from their homes.

It was April this year that the law was changed to cut the government's spare room subsidy, meaning people living in council homes with more bedrooms than they need will have their benefits cut.


More than half of people affected by 'bedroom tax' have fallen into rent arrears, full report

More than half the people hit by recent changes to housing benefit have fallen into rent arrears since they were introduced, according to a new survey. Branded a 'bedroom tax' by its opponents, the new policy cut housing benefit for those with spare bedrooms.

The purpose was to force single people into smaller houses to free up stock for larger families. The survey of fifty one housing federations says 60,000 people in the West Midlands are affected by it - and that sixty three per cent of those are disabled. Callum Watkinson reports.

'Bedroom tax' blamed for forcing families into arrears

Over 2000 experts are at Birmingham's ICC today to debate the so-called bedroom tax.

Among the issues they will be discussing is the news that over half of the families hit by the tax have been pushed into rent arrears in the first three months.

ITV News Central spoke to Deborah Cowley who is £900 in arrears and has been directly affected by the bedroom tax.

She moved to a two-bedroom flat so her six-year-old grandson could visit while her daughter is at college but now finds herself caught in a difficult situation.

Bedroom tax is causing her rent arrears to rise but the housing association tell her they will not move her to a smaller property until she clears them.

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