Southport couple lose appeal over bedroom tax

A Southport couple are among 10 who lose High Court appeal over bedroom tax.

The government’s “bedroom tax” does not unlawfully discriminate against disabled adults in social housing, the High Court has ruled.

Ten families had brought the case for judicial review, where lawyers argued that the cut in benefit for unoccupied bedrooms in social housing breached human rights.

Jason and Charlotte Carmichael from Eden Avenue in Churchtown, Southport, have been told today, Tuesday 30th July 2013 they have lost their high court appeal but say they will fight on and lodge another appeal 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. 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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