For full details of the legal cases, see the news item on Leigh Day & Co’s website
Update, 17 May 2013: The judge has reserved judgement on the case so we will hear the outcome in a few weeks’ time. Meanwhile, The Equality and Human Rights Commission explain why they’ve intervened in the case and Papworth Trust is inviting those who’ve applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment to complete their survey
Comment by Sue McCafferty
Just how much inconsistency, confusion and hardship do people have to endure before a disastrous policy is abandoned? There were enough early warning signs about the bedroom tax to indicate that it’s deeply, fundamentally flawed. That it won’t work. But the Government refused to listen, so this week ten of those affected, and their families, wait to find out if the High Court will save them from this destructive policy. Continue reading
The High Court will next week consider 10 claims being brought against the Government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ that came into force on 1 April this year. The claims, made by a range of people affected by the Bedroom Tax, will be heard together over three days starting on Wednesday 15 May.
Law Firm Leigh Day are representing two clients who claim that the new housing benefit regulations discriminate against persons who require larger accommodation for reasons relating to their disability. Continue reading
The High Court has today granted permission for a full hearing of the judicial review challenge to the government’s introduction of more stringent qualifying criteria for mobility benefit.
Steven Sumpter can only walk a few metres with a stick and is otherwise dependent on a wheelchair. He was assessed as eligible for the high rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) last year and has used this to lease a Motability car. Along with thousands of others, he fears that he may lose this benefit under the new Regulations (1). Under the DLA scheme, a person is entitled to the higher rate if they are ‘unable or virtually unable to walk’. Usually claimants are considered to be virtually unable to walk if they cannot walk more than 50m. Under the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme, the relevant distance is reduced to 20m. Continue reading