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CPAG's response to DWP evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS)

17 July 2014
CPAG’s response to the DWP evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) published today.

Family with disabled child to appeal against ‘bedroom tax’ ruling

30 May 2014
CPAG and the Rutherfords judicial review challenge has been dismissed by the High Court - but we will fight on.

Family with disabled child to appeal against ‘bedroom tax’ ruling

30 May 2014
Two grandparents caring for a severely disabled child hit by the “bedroom tax” vowed to fight on today, after their judicial review challenge was dismissed by the High Court. Paul and Susan Rutherford care for their 14-year-old grandson Warren in a specially adapted home that includes a room for professional carers to stay in overnight. Their housing benefit has been reduced as they are deemed to have a spare bedroom.

‘Bedroom tax’ legal hearing for children with overnight care needs

16 May 2014
Child Poverty Action Group is acting for Susan and Paul Rutherford today at the High Court in a judicial review challenge to the ‘bedroom tax’.

What hope has the Court of Appeal left for human rights?

Issue 239 (April 2014)
On 21 February 2014 the Court of Appeal dismissed human rights challenges to the benefit cap and the bedroom tax. Mike Spencer considers the implications for human rights arguments in social security cases.

Challenging the bedroom tax: update

Issue 237 (December 2013)
Simon Osborne describes a current split in the caselaw on the question of whether someone’s ability to ‘mobilise’ with a manual wheelchair refers only to functional limitations, or to wider personal factors such as the ability to store the chair. The split will hopefully be resolved in a forthcoming decision of a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal.

MPs debate the bedroom tax

12 November 2013
Paul Rutherford, CPAG's claimant in our bedroom tax test case, lobbied MPs ahead of the debate in the Commons today. Read his open letter and more about our test case.

Benefit claimants become filmmakers to challenge stereotypes

15 October 2013
Dole Animators, a ground-breaking project based in Leeds, is a group of jobseekers, single parents and disabled people who have made an animated film about their experience claiming support through social security during the period when the government’s welfare reforms are being implemented.

From bedroom to courtroom: challenging the ‘bedroom tax’

Issue 236 (October 2013)
There have been several recent challenges to the much criticised bedroom tax/removal of the spare room subsidy. CPAG’s Legal Officer Mike Spencer gives an update and advice on how affected tenants can appeal.

Family living standards fall as minimum cost to raise a child up 4% in last year

19 August 2013
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that parents face a growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.