Stephen Crabb need look no further in his new job as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions than to his constituents Paul and Sue Rutherford.
The grandparents from Clynderwen in Pembrokeshire are currently being dragged through the Supreme Court by his new department – over the Bedroom Tax .
Last year, they won a ruling in the High Court that found the tax discriminated against disabled children.
But Iain Duncan Smith chose to appeal – forcing the vulnerable family through the Supreme Court. They are currently awaiting judgment.
“It is deeply odd that our High Court bedroom tax win is now effectively being challenged by our own MP,” Paul Rutherford said.
“If there is truly any compassion in the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, could his department now drop its appeal against us?”
Already under fire for supporting ESA cuts as a Mencap patron, Crabb now faces the dilemma of whether to support his own constituents or keep up the fight against the Bedroom Tax families.
“We now have the ludicrous scenario where Stephen Crabb is taking his own constituents through the highest court in the land,” said Rachel Reeves MP, who has publicly campaigned for the Rutherfords.
“If you want to listen to disabled people, he should listen to his own constituents, instead of fighting them tooth and nail after they won in the High Court.”
She interrupted Crabb’s first statement to the House of Commons as Secretary of State to raise the issue as a point of order.
The Rutherfords are one of seven cases currently going through the highest courts in the land.
Crabb’s new department is currently spending over £250,000 on battling Paul’s family along with a woman with spina bifida, a victim of rape and domestic violence, a disabled widower, an RAF veteran and two other families of severely disabled teenagers.
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