Success over Bedroom Tax

A Whitwell man is among 10 disabled people who have successfully stopped the Government taking legal action over the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

As the Guardian went to press this week, it emerged that the judicial review of the decision to deny housing benefit to people deemed to under-occupt their homes will now be heard in May.

Earlier this month we reported on Richard Rourke, of Bakestone Moor, who said he cannot afford to pay the extra £26 a month when the controversial changes come into effect on 1st April.

The 46-year-old, who lost his severely disabled wife Claire last July, has lived in his specially-adapted three bedroom bungalow for the past five years.

But Bolsover Council say there are no suitable properties for Mr Rourke and his disabled daughter Rebecca who is currently away at university.

Ugo Hayter from Leigh Day, who is representing a number of disabled clients challenging the legislation, said: “This is an excellent result and the first step in over ruling what we believe is an unfair piece of legislation which has a disproportionate negative consequences on disabled people and is therefore discriminatory.

“The Court has ordered an urgent hearing at the beginning of May. We hope this will mean that the terrible anxiety our clientsare currently facing will be shortlived.”