Southport couple in court over bedroom tax

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Jason and Charlotte Carmichael from Eden Avenue in Churchtown, Southport, are in Court today (Manday 20th January 2014) to argue that the cut in benefit for unoccupied bedrooms in social housing is breaching human rights.

They will appear in court to fight against having to downsize.

Charlotte who is disabled and suffers with spina bifida has lived in her two bedroom flat on Eden Avenue with her husband Jason for the past ten years.

Below is Jason after his 2013 appeal was turned down.

She said “it’s not the situation we want to find ourselves in”   Hundreds of Southport social housing tenants may have to “downsize” to a new home or pay more rent as part of the dreaded bedroom tax.   The Government’s welfare reforms came into force in April 2013. The size Criteria will affect those of working age recipients of housing benefit whose homes are considered too big for their needs.   The change means one bedroom is permitted for a couple, a person aged 16 and over, two children of the same sex up to age 16, or two children under 10.   Those considered having too many bedrooms for their needs will receive a 14 per cent reduction in their housing benefit.   A couple on benefit in a two-bedroom flat, with a son or daughter in the armed forces or at university will be penalised for having an extra bedroom

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