Articles | Page 2 | CPAG

Articles

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.

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.

'Bedroom tax' - exemptions and legal challenges

Issue 233 (April 2013)
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.

HB deductions for under-occupying social housing

Issue 232 (February 2013)
David Simmons examines new rules which restrict the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social housing tenants with excess bedrooms.

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.

Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment

Issue 226 (February 2012)
An argument for more favourable treatment for disabled people in social security, in particular in housing benefit, is currently before the Court of Appeal. Simon Osborne sets the scene.

Housing benefit challenge rejected

Issue 225 (December 2011)
Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).