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Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


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Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.

Bedroom tax: time for a dishonourable retirement

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The bedroom tax (or under-occupancy penalty, as the government prefers), after smashing through so many families’ carefully balanced budgets, has finally hit a legal wall.

Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count


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After some time on the back-foot, if not in headlong retreat, common sense won out last night in the latest stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's passage through parliament.

Child poverty in 2015

Frozen out: government’s silent treatment on Welfare Reform and Work Bill

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Last week the Welfare Reform and Work Bill entered committee stage in the House of Lords.

The great child poverty conjuring trick

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Now you see it, now you don't. Steve Bell sums up the government's plans to scrap child poverty targets. Instead of measuring and acting on child poverty, they just want to measure how many children have parents who are out of work and how well they do at their GCSEs.

Our letter to the Guardian: Ending child poverty starts with counting it

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This letter was published in the Guardian on 7 December 2015.

Ten years ago, on his first day as party leader, David Cameron vowed that “the test for our policies will not be how they affect the better off, but how they help the worst-off in our country”.

Now you see it, now you don't. The government's magic trick on child poverty.

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This blog first appeared on the New Statesman on 7th December 2015. 

Now you see it…  Now you don’t.  The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this Christmas. They’re going to make 3.7 million of them disappear.

What do experts and professionals think of the ‘local welfare safety net’?

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Does local discretion on social security deliver ‘localism in action’ or a postcode lottery? That’s one of the questions being asked by the Commons Work and Pensions select committee in looking at the interaction between the national benefits system and locally-run schemes.

Small steps forward on sanctions

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In many ways, benefit sanctions offer the holy grail of public policy: the opportunity to find small changes that make a big difference, at little or no cost to the public purse.