Appeal Court win benefits disabled people and their children

15 May 2012

We have won a case in the Court of Appeal that proves that the housing benefit rules discriminated unlawfully against disabled people.

The Gorry case, one of three that were considered together, was about a family where two children could not share a room because of disability, but the housing benefit rules said they must.

Our Chief Executive Alison Garnham summed up the impact of the case:

'We welcome the fact that the court has recognised the unfairness of the housing benefit rules. This is a tremendous victory for the rights of disabled people and their children. In this case it was clearly not possible for two children, one with Spina Bifida and another with Down Syndrome, to share a single bedroom with such different demands and needs. It’s absolutely right that the housing benefit system should respond to challenges like this, and it is clear discrimination if it does not.'

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