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  • Bedroom tax changes – new rules are confirmed

    Monday 13th March 2017

    The government is finally changing the bedroom tax rules to bring them into line with the Supreme Court judgement in the Rutherford case.

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  • Further bedroom tax developments – advice for families

    Monday 14th October 2013

    Over the past few weeks there have been some successful appeals against cuts to housing benefit under the ‘bedroom tax’ or cuts to housing benefit. These decisions provide some hope for families who have a small box room that is being treated as a ‘spare’ bedroom.

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  • Supreme Court upholds Rutherford challenge on bedroom tax

    Wednesday 9th November 2016

    Today the Supreme Court has dismissed the government’s appeal against the Rutherford family’s successful challenge to the bedroom tax in the Court of Appeal.

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  • Families needed to help challenge bedroom tax rules

    Thursday 4th February 2016

    Last week the Rutherford family won their Court of Appeal bedroom tax challenge. The court agreed that the bedroom tax discriminates against disabled children who need overnight care. Unfortunately the government has decided to try and overturn this decision at the Supreme Court.

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  • Court of Appeal rules that bedroom tax discriminates against disabled children

    Wednesday 27th January 2016

    Contact a Family welcomes today’s decision by the Court of Appeal that the bedroom tax discriminates against disabled children who need overnight care.

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  • Bedroom tax High Court challenge starts today

    Wednesday 14th May 2014

    A family begin their challenge to the bedroom tax at the High Court today. If successful, it could mean that bedroom tax rules are changed so that families with a disabled child who need an extra room for an overnight carer are exempt.

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  • Bedroom tax disappointment for families with disabled children - many still paying the price

    Friday 30th May 2014

    Contact a Family is extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the High Court that the bedroom tax does not discriminate against disabled children.

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  • New judicial review lodged against bedroom tax

    Wednesday 9th October 2013

    A new judicial review has been launched against the bedroom tax rules. The case is being brought by a family who need an extra bedroom for an overnight carer who helps to look after their disabled child. Whilst the rules allow for an extra bedroom for an overnight carer needed by the tenant or their partner, they do not allow for an extra room if an overnight carer looks after a disabled child. These rules will now be challenged in court on the basis they discriminate against disabled children.

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  • Do you know about discretionary housing payments (DHPs)?

    Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    Last week the Rutherford family won their Court of Appeal bedroom tax challenge. The court agreed that the bedroom tax discriminates against disabled children who need overnight care.

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  • Help beating the bedroom tax

    Monday 29th April 2013

    Yesterday The Mirror and Sunday People newspapers featured a story on ten ways to beat the bedroom tax. Number two on their list signposts to Contact a Family and our two template letters that can be used by parents where a disabled child's need for their own bedroom is not being taken into account by their local housing benefit office.

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