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Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Legal

Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge

The government's controversial bedroom tax is today facing a judicial review challenge at the High Court.

Child Poverty Action Group is acting for Susan and Paul Rutherford who care for their 13-year-old grandchild, Warren, in a specially adapted home that includes a room for overnight carers to stay in.

There is currently an exemption to the bedroom tax in cases where an adult disabled person needs an overnight carer, but not when it is a disabled child.

Mike Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group’s solicitor, said: “We are challenging the fairness of the law in only allowing an extra bedroom for adults who need overnight care, but not for disabled children.

“Paul and Sue Rutherford do a tremendous job caring for their disabled grandson Warren, but the severity of his disability means they cannot cope with his round-the-clock needs alone so the room for a carer is essential.

“If they are not protected from the bedroom tax then Warren may have to go into a care home, the cost of which to the taxpayer would dwarf the amount needed to exempt the carer’s room from the bedroom tax.

“This is one of those cases where we are really just asking for common sense and fairness to prevail.”

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