Bedroom Tax Court Case Win For Disabled Woman Jacqueline Carmichael And Husband ‘Gives Thousands Hope’

Bedroom Tax Court Case Win For Disabled Woman Jacqueline Carmichael And Husband ‘Gives Thousands Hope’

by Huffinton Post pictures displayed by Street Democracy.


An aggressive housing policy the bedroom tax is not fit for purpose-isn’t solving the housing crisis and hasn’t stopped the wealth from hoarding land and property causing scarcity in both areas.

Street Democracy writes:


Our Tory punishing state is no more apparent than the toxic bedroom tax.

It shows nothing but disdain towards the poorest families and individuals by this demonisation slowly being adopted by society, dividing communities and placing the blame of the failing economy upon the poor.

It is an outrage to be down trodden by society, by your own government because of your disabilities and daring to be poor, and daring to hoard a spare bedroom of 6ft v 6ft if that.


Iain Duncan Smith is a psychopath, out of touch, following a psychopathic agenda named the bedroom tax, amplifying misery for hundreds of thousands.

For daring to need a spare room for essential disability equipment. For daring to have a spare bedroom to sleep in if you can’t share a bed with your partner.

It is almost a demonisation of being part of the disabled poor for not being able to run a marathon or climb Mount Everest and be part of the disabled athletics team.

Some disabled people suffer from chronic pain as well making even being a wake a painful and rotten experience they have to deal with.

Pain doesn’t always come with a flag announcing someone is in pain.



However, the bedroom tax is a demonisation process and agenda for any social housing tenant daring to hoard a spare bedroom whilst being out of work, working part time or disabled and not contributing towards a working week.

Those in need of housing benefit in other words.

For if you don’t need housing benefit and you are working enough to cover your rent, then you can have as many bedrooms as you like.

The bedroom tax has created fear of living for many victims of this most putrid and aggressive housing policy. 


It has generated perpetual debt, a housing trap with no smaller properties to move into, it has generated fear of evictions with fear of being in rent arrears.

This housing policy has failed to solve the housing crisis mainly as the wealth of the nation and private commercial interest have bought and hoard all the land creating land scarcity, creating the housing crisis in the first place.


The bedroom tax is therefore not fit for purpose and needs to be scrapped alongside ATOS, we the public are quite prepared to hold and celebrate two funerals for both ATOS and the bedroom tax.

For more on the desperate plight however of fighting the bedroom tax and for once a winning outcome click here for the Huffinton Post or continue reading:


Bedroom Tax Court Case Win For Disabled Woman Jacqueline Carmichael And Husband ‘Gives Thousands Hope’

by Huffinton Post

A couple has won a court case to be exempt from the so-called bedroom tax after arguing they needed two rooms due to the woman’s severe disability, potentially opening the door for thousands in similar circumstances to come forward.

Jacqueline Carmichael, who has spina bifida, and husband Jayson won their civil case against Sefton Council, meaning they will not have to pay an extra £56 a month on their two-bedroom flat in Southport, The Liverpool Echo reported.

Mrs Carmichael, 42, uses a wheelchair, cannot walk and requires an electronic mattress which helps alleviate the pressure of bed sores. Their flat is too small to accommodate two beds, meaning Mr Carmichael has to sleep in the other room.

jayson jacqueline carmichael

The judge said the Carmichaels were entitled to two bedrooms under the Human Rights Act 

The paper reported that a judge ruled: “The appellant is entitled to two bedrooms under the provision of the Human Rights Act and no under occupancy reduction of 14% should be made on his benefit entitlement.”

Sue Bott, the director of policy and development at charity Disability Rights, told The Huffington Post UK she was “absolutely delighted” at the ruling and said she believed it was relevant to “thousands” of people unable to share a bedroom with a disabled loved one.

She added: “We know lots of people in this situation and we would expect councils to take note (of the decision).”


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