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Bedroom tax case wins in court of appeal

28 January 2016
CPAG won our bedroom tax appeal in the case of Paul and Susan Rutherford, whose grandson has severe disabilities and needs 24 hour care.

Court of appeal rules that ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful

27 January 2016
Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful because of its impact on vulnerable individuals. The Court of Appeal dealt with two appeals together and in both cases ruled that the discrimination against victims of domestic violence and disabled children was not lawful.

Bedroom tax “saints” take fight to the Court of Appeal

21 July 2015
Two grandparents and their severely disabled grandson hit by the bedroom tax won the right today to take their case to the Court of Appeal. The Court ruled that the Rutherford family, who appeared on the BBC documentary Saints and Scroungers, should have their appeal heard before the end of the year.

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’.

MPs debate the bedroom tax

12 November 2013
Paul Ruthertord, 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.

DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

14 March 2013
The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ announcing that the Secretary of State has decided to drop his pursuit of an appeal at the Supreme Court on a case he had lost at the Court of Appeal.

DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

12 March 2013
The DWP has dropped its appeal on the 'Gorry' case, for which CPAG provided legal representation, and has today told local authorities to allow an extra bedroom for children who are unable to share because of their severe disabilities.

Fact check: disabled children and the bedroom tax

08 March 2013
Mike Spencer, CPAG's Legal Officer, has written a blog for the Nearly Legal site on the bedroom tax.