A blind man has won a landmark legal case against Westminster Council over the so-called 'bedroom tax'. A judge has ruled Surinder Lall's second bedroom can't be classed as one.
In the first case of its kind in England, his lawyers argued his spare bedroom was actually being used to store vital equipment to help with his disabilty, arguing his full housing benefit should be reinstated, and he won.
- The Government says the so-called 'bedroom tax' will save £500 million off the benefit bill every year.
- In London, it affects 80, 000 households, two thirds of which are disabled occupants.
- It's a fixed percentage of the Housing Benefit eligible rent. This is set at 14% for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more.
- Those affected will lose £14 a week on average.
- Housing association tenants lose an average of £16 a week.
- Welfare reforms have cut the amount of benefit that people can get if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council house.
- It restricts housing benefit to allow for one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household.
- 80, 000 are affected in London.
A blind man has won his case against Westminster Council after he was told he'd have to pay more for his second bedroom. In a landmark victory, a judge has now ruled in his favour, after he maintained the second bedroom is only used to store necessary equipment for his condition.
The controversial 'Bedroom Tax' which sparked protests in Leicester Square over the weekend, comes into force today. Eighty thousand Londoners will be affected by the new ruling.
Housing benefits for claimants who have a spare room will be affected by the new ruling.
Hundreds of people have staged a protest in Trafalgar Square against changes to the benefits system.
The so called bedroom tax, which is due to be introduced next month, would see welfare payments deducted from households judged to have extra rooms.
The changes mean that around 80,000 will lose an average of £771 each.
A series of protests are due to take place across the country today against plans to cut benefits for social housing tenants who are considered to be living in a house which is too big for their needs.
Under the Government plans, social housing tenants deemed to have a spare bedroom stand to have their housing benefit cut from next month.
Protests against the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' are expected to take in 53 towns and cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow.
Protesters have organised demonstrations at Trafalgar Square and across the country today opposing the introduction of the under-occupancy penalty, dubbed the 'bedroom tax' on Monday. Labour Left will start their protest at 1pm.
It's believed 50 more related demonstrations will take place today, with an estimated 13,000 protesters braving the cold weather.
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Protests are taking place nationwide today against a new housing benefit, labelled by campaigners as "bedroom tax", that will cut benefits to people with a spare room.
Under the Government's welfare reforms, those deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home will have their benefit claims reduced by £40 to £80.