bedroom tax (under-occupancy penalty)

  • Bedroom tax - children who require overnight care - R(Rutherford and Todd) v SSWP UKSC 0029/2016

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
    test case

    Update 09/11/2016: the Supreme Court has dismissed the DWP's appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal that the bedroom tax unlawfully discriminates against families in the position of the Rutherfords. The judgment is available from the Supreme Court website. For more information, see also our press release CPAG wins Supreme Court bedroom tax breakthrough.

  • The bedroom tax limps on

    Issue 256 (February 2017)
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    Carla Clarke reviews the recent Supreme Court decision in Rutherford and others, and where this leaves the bedroom tax and potential challenges.

  • DHPs – principle and practice

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
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    Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.

  • Staying put: the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’ on tenants in North Staffordshire

    Issue 152 (Autumn 2015)
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    Much has been written and said about the introduction of size criteria in the social rented sector (the ‘bedroom tax’). Indeed, few other changes to the benefits system have provoked so much comment from politicians, journalists, charities, landlords, advice providers and church leaders. Here, Richard Machin, Anna Tsaroucha and Liz Boath describe new research from Staffordshire University examining the impact of the bedroom tax on a group of local housing association tenants.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


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    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.

  • Bedroom tax

    Level: Standard

    training course
    The controversial ‘bedroom tax’ has seen thousands of the  lowest-income households lose some housing benefit and has been responsible for an alarming rise in rent arrears. This course looks at the benefit issues that the measure throws up one year on with particular reference to an update on the varied legal challenges that have emerged.

    It includes:

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  • Universal credit for tenants in social housing

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The introduction of universal credit (UC) represents a fundamental change to the system of 'legacy benefits' and tax credits it is replacing. This one day course examines the main changes, focussing on how tenants in social housing receive help with their housing costs through UC.

    It covers:

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  • Responding to the under-occupation penalty/bedroom tax


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    There were three key ways discussed to minimise the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’ on residents, namely; reclassifying properties that residents deemed to be under-occupying reside in; assisting these residents to move to smaller properties; or; subsidise the under-occupation penalty.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • 'Bedroom tax' - exemptions and legal challenges

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
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    In Bulletin 232, we examined the rules restricting the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social sector tenants who are deemed to have excess bedrooms. Since then two new exemptions have been announced, the government has dropped its appeal against a CPAG test case in the Supreme Court and a number of judicial review challenges have been launched. Mike Spencer explores these developments.