Aspects of ‘bedroom tax’ breach human rights

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A number of disabled people had appealed to the Supreme Court over application of the ‘bedroom tax’.  Mrs Carmichael won her case.  She is not able to share a bedroom with her husband because of her disabilities but under the scheme, her family wasn’t entitled to an extra room although a child in the same situation would be.

The Supreme Court said that the difference in treatment between children and adults was a breach of the human rights not to be discriminated against (article 14) and the protection of family and private life (article 8). The policy was “manifestly without reasonable foundation”.

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Photo credit 3D Judges Gavel by Chris Potter (2012) / / CC BY 2.0