Thanks to glynismillward189 for reposting this important judgement, as reported by Inside Housing:
A mother living in a domestic abuse ‘sanctuary scheme’ has lost her landmark challenge against the bedroom tax, in a blow to similar services across the country.
Claimant ‘A’ – whose identity is protected – lives in a property which has a special ‘panic space’ installed by the council.
The woman had her housing benefit deducted because the council considered her panic room to be a spare bedroom, although she has been receiving discretionary housing payment to cover the shortfall in her benefit.
She started High Court judicial review proceedings against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in May 2013, arguing that the bedroom tax is a discriminatory policy which will have severe consequences for her and her son.
In a judgement handed down on 29 January, which was summarised in a government bulletin on Wednesday, the court found in favour of the DWP.
The judge held that although the bedroom tax discriminates disproportionately against women*, the policy has a ‘reasonable foundation’, according to the DWP bulletin summary.
‘Reasonable foundation’ or no, if the policy means this woman and others like her will have nowhere to go when abuse comes calling, the DWP will be just as much to blame for what happens as the abuser.
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