Court of Appeal rules “Bedroom tax” unlawful for domestic abuse survivor

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London today ruled in the favour of a domestic abuse survivor who argued that the government’s spare room subsidy, the so-called “bedroom tax”, unlawfully discriminated against her.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“We welcome the ruling that the ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful in the case of a survivor of domestic abuse who had a panic rooms installed in her property as part of Sanctuary Scheme measures. Panic rooms are designed to keep survivors safe from dangerous perpetrators of domestic abuse and protection measures such as these should always be exempt from the bedroom tax. We are pleased that this has been recognised today.”


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