‘Bedroom tax’ legal hearing for children with overnight care needs

14 May 2014

Child Poverty Action Group is acting for Susan and Paul Rutherford today at the High Court in a judicial review challenge to the ‘bedroom tax’. They care for their 13 year old grandchild, Warren, in a specially adapted home that includes a room for overnight carers to stay in.

There is currently an exemption to the bedroom tax in cases where an adult disabled person needs an overnight carer, but not when it is a disabled child.

Mike Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group’s solicitor, said:

“We are challenging the fairness of the law in only allowing an extra bedroom for adults who need overnight care, but not for disabled children.

“Paul and Sue Rutherford do a tremendous job caring for their disabled grandson Warren, but the severity of his disability means they cannot cope with his round-the-clock needs alone so the room for a carer is essential.

“If they are not protected from the bedroom tax then Warren may have to go into a care home, the cost of which to the taxpayer would dwarf the amount needed to exempt the carer’s room from the bedroom tax.

“This is one of those cases where we are really just asking for common sense and fairness to prevail.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.

For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 

tnichols@cpag.org.uk

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