Separated families and bedroom tax

Cotton & Ors, R (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Ors [2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin) This was the Liberty backed judicial review of the bedroom tax regulations on the basis that the regulations amounted to an article 8 breach, or an article 14 breach read with article 8, […]

A very unlawful eviction

(Finally) AA v London Borough of Southwark [2014] EWHC 500 (QB) This High Court judgment is remarkable in many ways, most of them worrying. It was the result of a six day hearing, with Southwark putting Kelvin Rutledge QC up against Mr AA in person and ended with findings against Southwark that were as bad as […]

Bedroom Tax: Upper Tribunal on Article 14

Following my plaintive cry here, I now have copies of the two Upper Tribunal judgments from Scotland referred to by the DWP. And, while the judgments do do something rather more and rather different to the outcomes suggested in the DWP Circular, sadly, what they actually do is worse. The judgments can be downloaded here: […]

Not enough information: Bedroom tax and disability discrimination

[Update 6/10/14 - got the judgments now. Detailed comment here] This is frustrating! A DWP circular HB U4/2014 contains an annex with notes on four Scottish Upper Tribunal bedroom tax decisions. Two of them I have already addressed here, but the first and the third are new to me. From the precis in the DWP […]

Bedroom tax bits

Here are couple of new First Tier Tribunal decisions (also on the FTT decisions page). A room use decision from St Helens – a room which had been used since the start of the tenancy as a dressing room/home office, and where a sewing machine was kept and used, was not a bedroom. From Liverpool, […]

Tribunals and Reviews and Appeals. Oh My!

I did a talk at a conference on the topic of legal issues about the bedroom tax, it was basically a critical overview of the higher courts and tribunal (FTT and UT) cases. In case they are useful or vaguely interesting, my notes are here. (No jokes though. All the jokes were in the powerpoint, […]

A Thursday stuffed with housing stuff

A busy Thursday for housing law, not yet law, housing benefits and housing misc. Item one.  A Scottish Upper Tribunal is to hear a room size appeal on 18 September. This is one of the first Fife decisions. It is not the lead case in the English Upper Tribunal and may well be the first […]

Affordable Homes Bill & the bedroom tax

I haven’t written about the Affordable Homes Bill, partly because time, and partly because I was deeply cynical about the Bill’s prospects of getting anywhere pre-election, and the omissions it contained. (In fact for many of the same reasons contained in this rant). But with great gratitude, we have a guest post by Dr Joe […]