Archive for the ‘bedroom tax’ Category

Sad news from DPAC

10 November 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you one of our co-founders, Debbie Jolly has died following a short hospital stay. As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.

Debbie has played a hugely influential part in the development of DPAC since 2010 and she and I have worked together virtually every day since dealing with the day-to-day things that needed to be done to make DPAC the successful campaign group we have become.

Read in full here

CarerWatch would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those that knew Debbie, both personally and through her campaigning work. RIP


Daily Politics – Welfare Debate Tues 5th May

20 April 2015

welfare debate


Tuesday May 5th Daily Politics debate

BBC2    2pm

BBC News  8.30pm

Presenters  Andrew Neil and Alison Holt


Iain Duncan Smith  Conservative

Rachel Reeves            Labour

Steve Webb                  LibDems

Suzanne Evans           UKIP

Jonathan Bartley       Green Party



Bedroom Tax Appeal Judgment Friday 21st Feb 2014

20 February 2014
Received from Ellen Clifford
Bedroom Tax Appeal Judgment
Vigil outside Royal Courts of Justice: 9.15am Friday 21 February

Disabled people and supporters will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday morning as the Court of Appeal delivers its judgment in the ‘bedroom tax’ legal challenge.

Under new Housing Benefit rules introduced in 1 April 2013, persons deemed to have 1 spare bedroom have had their housing benefit reduced by 14% and persons deemed to have 2, or more, spare bedrooms have had their housing benefit reduced by 25%. This bedroom tax or ‘removal of spare room subsidy’ as the government prefers to call it, has had a devastating impact with two thirds of those households affected containing a disabled person.

Last year 10 claimants represented by 3 law firms, argued (more…)

More proof family carers are hit by bedroom tax

3 February 2014

copied from SPeye  – post by Joe Halewood

On 3rd March Iain Duncan Smith will lay a statutory instrument before Parliament to, in his language, close the loophole for the pre 1996 exempt bedroom tax households which has seen 40,000 plus families unlawfully penalised with the bedroom tax this year.

That’s not a loophole its a monumental cock up or is it a ‘small’ issue as the DWP claims with their estimate of 3000 – 5000 families having wrongly been imposed with the bedroom tax when they were not liable.

The real number is 10 times that amount and another way to look at this is that the DWP error has seen £30m or so unlawfully taken away from vulnerable families who as a result have been threatened with losing the roof over their head; their family home for at least the last 18 years.

read article in full here

A bedroom tax standard template letter as a bolt on to any appeal –   see here

With thanks to Anita for making us aware of this article

Take action to help stop the bedroom tax

11 March 2013

Received from Hardest Hit

Help us stop the bedroom tax hurting disabled people

In a matter of weeks disabled adults and families with disabled children face a stark choice- pay more to stay in your home or leave.

From April, people living in housing association and council housing will be hit by the ‘bedroom tax’. Families judged to have spare rooms will lose on average £728 a year from their housing benefit, unless they can move somewhere smaller.


420,000 disabled people will be affected. This is because couples, where one partner has a disability, may need separate rooms. It’s also because many disabled children need their own room because of disrupted sleep or because they need care during the night.

The Government has recently been told by the Court of Appeal that denying disabled children their own bedroom is discrimination. But they are appealing that ruling and pushing ahead with the changes to Housing Benefit.

Please take our e-action  and tell David Cameron to stop and think. Tell him to stop discriminating against disabled people.

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