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Bedroom Tax Victims Fighting To Stop Disabled Grandson Going Into Care

September 1, 2015

A disabled boy’s grandparents have beaten Iain Duncan Smith’s heartless bid to block a court appeal on the Bedroom Tax that will decide whether he carries on living with them or goes into care.

Doting Paul and Susan Rutherford were targeted by the ­cruel levy, which will force them to quit their three-bed home, two years ago and fought it with a judical review.

Grandson Warren, 15, needs round-the-clock attention from two people and because of their own disabilities the couple rely on help from paid carers – who need to sleep over regularly.

Without their third bedroom they will lose their support lifeline and Warren, who has Potocki-Shaffer syndrome, will go into care with the taxpayer footing the bill.

DWP chief Mr Duncan Smith urged judges to throw out the couple’s challenge.

But last month Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Stanley Burnton ruled their case must be heard by the end of 2015.

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D Legakis Photography/Athena Paul and Sue are pictured in their ‘spare’ room, with Warren looking on from the corridor
Unjust: Paul and Sue are pictured in their ‘spare’ room, with Warren looking on from the corridor

Michael Spencer, a solicitor for the Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Paul and Sue work round the clock to care for Warren.

“Without carers who can stay they wouldn’t be able to cope and Warren would have to go into care – at substantial cost to the taxpayer.”

Paul and Susan live in a three-bed bungalow in Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire, specially adapted to meet Warren’s needs.

They share a room while Warren sleeps in another. In addition to putting up carers, the third stores Warren’s equipment.

Paul and Susan – who were in BBC documentary Saints and Scroungers – claim the hated levy ­unlawfully discriminates against ­seriously disabled children requiring overnight care.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2015 12:46 am

    Thanks for spreading ‘the word’!

    Our hearing will be at the Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London on 4 & 5 November. I’ll be there, nervous. Last time, the DWP had about ten people in their team of barristers and solicitors, etc.

    There is also the million mask march against austerity in London on the 5th, if anyone’s interested. I’m sure info will be on twitter and facebook.

    I wrote a bit about Warren and our worries here… http://www.underoccupied.net/warren

  2. September 1, 2015 4:50 pm

    That EVIL SLIMY toad IAN DUNCAN SMITH MAKES ME SO MAD.. what RIGHT has he got to do this . these people are dedicated grandparents willing to pay someone to look in on their well loved grandson..The more I hear of this LOW LIFE the More I despise him ..Hes nothing but a socio-path . A Little Hitler……….. HIS DAY WILL COME

  3. September 1, 2015 5:36 pm

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

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