It would be remiss of This Blog to let our joy over reader Paul Rutherford’s Bedroom Tax victory swamp the other Bedroom Tax case that was won today.
It involved the rape victim whose police-installed panic room was redefined as a spare bedroom, liable for the Bedroom Tax, by Iain Duncan Smith and his Department for Work and Pensions.
Labour raised the case in Parliament in November 2014. David Cameron – wrongly, as usual – replied that money was available for cases such as this. And you know what Iain Duncan Smith did?
That’s right. The secretary of state for Work and Pensions, responsible for the policy that was attacking a victim of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, laughed at her plight.
She had become his victim.
And now he is appealing against the court decision that he was wrong to impose his unfair and prejudicial tax on this woman.
If there was any real justice, he would have been stripped of his position, for behaviour that brought the House of Commons into disrepute.
But this is Tory Britain.
The Department for Work and Pensions is trying to force a rape victim to pay the so-called “Bedroom Tax” on her police-installed panic room, it has emerged.
Ministers were told by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday that the DWP’s policy was unlawful and discriminatory – but they have now said they will challenge that ruling at the Supreme Court.
The woman, known only as “A” for her own protection and safety, is a victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking at the hands of an ex-partner.
In response to the continued threat against her, police installed a reinforced panic room in her home, as well as other measures such as reinforced doors, alarms directly linked to the police station and a special marker on the house.
The DWP however says “A”’s panic room counts as a spare bedroom and that she must pay the charge, equal to a 14 per cent cut in her housing support.
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