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New #BedroomTax Human Rights Legal Case

April 1, 2014

Child poverty Action Group (CPAG) is acting for Paul and Susan Rutherford and their grandson Warren in a judicial review challenge to the bedroom tax.

The case concerns the housing benefit bedroom tax restrictions for social tenants, as they apply in the case of children who need an overnight carer.

The regulations currently allow an additional bedroom if a claimant or their partner “require overnight care” but there is no similar provision for children.

CPAG are arguing that this discriminates against disabled children contrary to Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and that there is no rational justification for the exclusion of children from the exemption for overnight carers.

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