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‘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 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.

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.  

Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

Issue 228 (June 2012)
This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.

Appeal Court win benefits disabled people and their children

29 May 2012
We have won a case in the Court of Appeal that proves that the housing benefit rules discriminated unlawfully against disabled people.

Government loses disability benefit case in Appeal Court

15 May 2012
In a unanimous ruling, the Court of Appeal has held that the size criteria in the housing benefit regulations discriminate against disabled people, because they do not allow for an additional room to be paid for where a disabled person has a carer, or where two children cannot share a room because of disability.

CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

15 August 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...

Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

15 June 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...