Resident's 'Bedroom Tax' victory

A blind man has won his legal case against Westminster Council, which ruled he should pay more for his second bedroom. But his solicitors maintained he uses the room for storing equipment.

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Number of bedrooms 'up to landlords'

Westminster Council has emphasised responsibility lies with a landlord to specify how many bedrooms a property has, not the council.

“Westminster Council reduced Mr Lall’s housing benefit on the grounds his landlord described the property as having two bedrooms - under national regulations, it is up to the landlord to list the number of bedrooms in a property, not the government or the local authority.

“The housing association changed its assessment shortly before the tribunal case which supported Mr Lall’s argument that the additional room was not a bedroom, but a space to store equipment needed by a disabled person.

– Westminster City Council

Westminster Council spokesperson went on to say representatives have been working to find a solution:

“The council had previously invited Mr Lall to apply for a discretionary housing payment to make up the shortfall from the loss of housing benefit stemming from a second bedroom, but he turned this down.

” Westminster Council has a number of measures in place to help those who may be affected by welfare reform, including specialist advisors.”

– Westminster City Council

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