Landmark bedroom tax ruling issued
The ruling, the first by an upper tribunal to set a precedent, overturned a first-tier tribunal decision that had upheld a housing benefit cut by Eastleigh Borough Council.
The Hampshire local authority reduced the benefit of a woman who lives in a three-bedroom house with her daughter and was therefore deemed to have a spare room. The woman contended that she required a room for an overnight carer because she suffered from severe asthma and eczema.
The council said in a letter dated 18 October 2012 that because her disability living allowance was calculated on her day needs rather than night she did not have a regular need of carer. The housing benefit regulations allow a room for carers who ‘regularly’ stay overnight.